MEKONG DELTA – 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS
HCM – BEN TRE – TRA VINH – SUGAR CANE ISLAND – BAC LIEU – NAM CAN – CA MAU CAPE – HCM
Distance: 60 - 80km per day (Moderate) - Adaptability
Time: 07:30 – 16:00
Day 1: HCM – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh
Day 2: Tra Vinh – Sugar Cane Island – Bac Lieu
Day 3: Bac Lieu – Nam Can
Day 4: Nam Can – Ca Mau Cape
Day 5: Ca Mau Cape – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1 - HCM - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - 50km - B/L/D
Pick up at your hotel at 7 am in Ho Chi Minh City followed by a quick transfer to the Mekong, approximately 2 hours. You will get to Ben Tre, known for being the kingdom of Coconut and nursery gardens.
Back on your bikes, you will witness colourful scenes along the riverside while pedalling past charming delta homes and villages with coconut at the core of their economy. We will board a ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the wide Co Chien River.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant around Ben Tre, before cycling through the most famous water coconut trails and ending with a ferry crossing from the main arm of the Mekong River to Tra Vinh town where you will spend the night in the city centre.
Overnight at a hotel in the city.
Day 2 - Tra Vinh - Sugar Cane Island - Bac Lieu - 55km - B/L
You will get back on your bike early in the morning and start cycling south. Throughout the day, you will cross the entire Tra Vinh area, known for its Khmer influence. The area is a hidden gem, away from the tourist crowds.
You will start by cycling to the Ba Om pond which was built by Khmers a hundred years ago and from the pond, you will continue cycling in the countryside where will enjoy the rice paddies and the friendly farmers along the way.
Once in Tieu Can, you will board a ferry to a Sugar Cane Island and bike for 30km through sugar cane and longan plantations. You will board another ferry and cross the Mekong River for the second time of the day to head to Soc Trang.
Our driver will then pick you up for a 60km transfer to the coastal province of Bac Lieu where you will see its economy of rice farming, salt production and fishing. We will spend the night in this small town ready for the next day's adventure.
Overnight at a hotel in the city.
Day 3 - Bac Lieu - Nam Can - 50km - B/L
After breakfast, we transfer out of the city to our starting point and set off following more rivers, canals, country lanes and ferry boats.
This route starts to see more man-built ponds to hold fish and shrimp for food and trade into Saigon. The roads are quiet and mainly bike traffic so we can pick some speed up in this area. It’s a never-ending scene of farms, rice paddies and local life.
Our ride takes us all along the Southern area near the coast and some single track trails with the aim of leading all the way to Nam Can where we spend our night in one of the fanciest hotels in the whole area. It will not feel like you are staying in the Mekong once you see this place.
Overnight at hotel with swimming pool.
Day 4 - Nam Can - Ca Mau Cape - 55km - B/L/Farewell Dinner
Today we are heading to the Southern tip of Vietnam known as the Ca Mau Cape. Not many Vietnamese have taken the pilgrimage to see this area but slowly it will grow with local tourism.
We will spend the day cycling around 65km past many shrimp farms and coconut plantations. You will notice that this area starts to open and becomes very quiet with not many people out visibly working. We will take a break for lunch of local seafood before finishing the trip.
The remaining of this trip is through a local fishing village where they never see foreign faces. We will make our way through the street to come to the Southern point of Vietnam at the end of the Ho Chi Minh highway. This is a great place for a celebratory photo.
We will spend the evening at a local homestay where the hosts will take us out to collect our own crabs and we can spend the evening enjoying food with some karaoke and local rice wine.
Day 5 – Ca Mau Cape – Ho Chi Minh City - B/L
You will start at 7 am and take a speed boat trip to explore the local mangrove forest. After we will make our way back out from the homestay; It’s time to say goodbye to our crews and then transfers back by bus to Ho Chi Minh City (recommended go back to Saigon by flight around 2:30 pm – newest update until today)
We hope to see you again soon!
Notes: Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered. All hotels are rated according to local standards. All itineraries are flexible and can easily be altered to suit your needs and interests. Contact one of our travel consultants for more information.
Things to think about:
Even though we provide modern bikes and safety gear, we understand that sometimes customers wish to have their own personal items. We would suggest customers bring their own helmet and cycling gloves for comfort. Regardless of if you are using one of our high quality bikes or your own, we recommend taking advantage of a personal bike fitting session available 48 hours before the onset of the expedition. All bikes will be labelled with the rider's name so that you have the same bike each day and ensure the safety of your journey.
Whenever possible, we will cycle completely from the day's outset to the final destination with limited transfers. Our core belief is that cycling is an act of empowerment for both the rider and the community and we strive to provide the most meaningful and immersive cycling experience for our guests. However, as noted in certain itineraries, we will occasionally use our comfortable and modern 16-seater minivan to transport guests safely to either the beginning or end of the day's route.
Also, taking into account your safety, this transport shuttle acts as a support vehicle to provide care for unforeseen emergencies. Riders who wish to take a break from the bicycle after our designated lunch stop will have the opportunity to be transported in our support vehicle to our final destination for the day. We know that occasionally a journey is more difficult than it appears and we are happy to work with each individual group to tailor our programs to your group's needs.
Food and Dietary Requirements:
We, at Mr Biker Saigon, believe in supporting locally-owned, eco-friendly and sustainable businesses to provide a unique and memorable excursion for your group, for this reason, we partner with local restaurants and community members in order to ensure that you have delicious, locally-sourced and unique food experiences on our journey together.
As always, we are happy to provide support for riders with specific food allergies and dietary requirements by providing vegan and vegetarian options. If your group has specific nutrition requirements please let us know when booking, so we can make sure we have the opportunity to meet your needs.
Liability and Personal Health Insurance:
Mr Biker Saigon does not provide personal liability insurance to the guests on the trip. We recommend that each rider has the relevant Personal Health Insurance for travelling in Asia and coverage of activities such as cycling.
As we generally cycle in remote and seldom-visited areas of Vietnam, immediate access to critical care infrastructure such as ambulances is often not available. To ensure your safety, we provide a support vehicle for our excursions. Your safety comes first to us and we plan ahead to make sure that you have everything you need to cycle at your best.