A short hop away from the frenetic streets of Ho Chi Minh City is the Mekong Delta, a watery wonderland that is one of Vietnam's most idyllic destinations. It's pancake-flat topography makes traveling by bicycle the definitive way to explore the region. Along the way, this cycling adventure takes in some of the area's most beguiling scenery and provides an immersive window into Delta life.
Leave the buzzing, busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City behind and drive toward the Mekong Delta. Upon reaching Cai Lay, unpack the bikes for the short ride to Cai Be. Pedal along back roads for approximately 1.5 hours to enjoy the scenic views. On reaching Cai Be guests will be taken on a ride through a maze of narrow alleys and small bridges to an ancient house set amid a peaceful fruit orchard. Return to Cai Be late afternoon to relax at the beautiful resort set on the bank of Mekong River.
This evening, join in cooking class at the resort. This is a great opportunity to learn some traditional Vietnamese dishes using only fresh ingredients which guests can pick straight from the garden! Overnight in Cai Be.
- Mekong Lodge Hotel
After an early breakfast, a boat will pick up guests from the hotel for the transfer across the Tien River. This morning, guests will cycle along the island passing many cottage industries on the way to Vung Liem. The riders will need to cross many small estuaries on wooden bridges, plus a couple of larger rivers, experiencing local ferries and the slow pace of island life.
Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant en route and a short transfer will be necessary to find the best cycling routes on the way to Can Tho. The afternoon ride offers and change of scenery from the morning, with open rice fields flanked by palm and coconut trees. Quiet country roads slice through the many small villages, offering a glimpse into the lives of local people. This is a fantastic day of cycling and explores the true essence and pace of life in the Delta.
This evening is free so guests and their families have the choice of dinner at resort or a walk out to sample the local cuisine. Overnight in Can Tho.
Mekong Delta countryside
After enjoying an early breakfast, weave through the bustling morning market and cycle along the banks of an active riverfront. Continue along a narrow paved road to Phong Dien floating market and absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders and small docks loading and unloading rice. The next stretch of the journey follows a narrow lane to explore the hidden backwaters of the Mekong Delta and the towns of O Mon or Binh Thuy. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Can Tho, checking out of the hotel and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Phong Dien Floating Market, towns of O Mon or Binh Thuy
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