Day 1: Saigon to Cai Be
Our guide meets you at your hotel in Saigon at 8 am.
A shuttle transfer brings us to Cai Lay, outskirts of Saigon. Ride along a small creek to Mekong estuary past gorgeous paddy fields and dragon fruit farms. Arrive at Cai Be and take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to experience the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. We also visit the floating market at Cai Be, and a family-run business producing rice paper – a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Break for lunch on an island at a local house, set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees.
After lunch, continue riding to our hotel in Cai Be where we spend the night. Seasonally, on the way to the Mekong Delta, we can enjoy the peaceful scenes of farmers seeding, ploughing, and harvesting the rice crop.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*
Transfer: ~ 2hrs
Day 2: Can Tho
Today cycle into the heartland of the Mekong Delta, past the pristine hamlets nestled in the orchards and coconut plantations. Along the way, see farmers working in nursery fruit tree gardens. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, Can Tho is known for its network of canals and nearby floating markets.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi
Day 3: Departure
Experience early morning Cai Rang floating market on a boat ride and then cycle to Phong Dien floating market. Weave through teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront. Absorb the sights of the endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconuts shredders, small dock loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. Continue by bike on the narrow lane and loop round to the main road.
Later shuttle to Saigon for an extension here or for your onward flight.
We aim to reach HCM (Saigon) by 16:00hrs and will drop you at your hotel in Saigon or airport. It’s good to book your onward flight for 17:00hrs onwards.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 25km / 15mi
Transfer: ~ 3.5-4hrs