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Guided Cycling Holiday in Vietnam

Would you like to experience the authentic Mekong Delta? Are you bored with bus and boat tours? Join this tour for great Mekong outdoor activities by bike and kayak off the beaten path of the Mekong.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: mostly flat countryside concrete roads mixed with tarmac roads
  • Starts in: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ends in: Phu Quoc Island
  • Total Distance: 143 Miles / 230 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike or mountain bike
  • Private tour, minimum 2 participants

Highlights

  • Cycling through villages to experience the daily life of the locals
  • Kayaking through canals to see the real Mekong River life
  • Tasting all Mekong local cuisine
  • Hybrid or mountain bike rental is included
  • Service of a guide and support vehicle
  • Unlimited filtered water during cycling
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
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Accommodation

In big towns, you'll stay in the finest three-star hotels with center location. Please let Countryside Adventures know if you prefer a higher hotel category. In remote areas, you'll use the best hotels or guest houses available.

Homestay in villages is basic in terms of bedding conditions and amenities. Toilet is usually Western style.

Program

Day 1: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Homestay

Leaving Saigon at 8 a.m. for the Mekong Delta. It takes about 1, 5 hours to the peaceful Mekong countryside where you start biking to explore these idyllic landscapes.

Bicycle through many colorful dragonfruit orchards, passing beautiful and green paddy fields. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have around two hours of kayaking through the island to experience Mekong River life. Overnight at local homestay.

  • Cycling distance: 30 - 40 kilometers / 19 - 25 miles
  • Kayaking: From 1 hour

Day 2: Vinh Long - Tra Vinh

Early wake-up is needed as you will paddle on the Mekong River to see the sunrise, followed by a visit to the local morning market. Late morning, you start riding on 4 islands to observe the daily life of the locals, arriving in Cholach township at noontime for lunch. Spend time here learning how the locals plant and care for Bonzai trees which makes this place famous for ornamental.

Then, you will have long-distance biking along the Co Chien River, one of the branches of the Mekong River. Arrive in Tra Vinh in the late afternoon. Overnight in Tra Vinh.

  • Cycling distance: 50 - 60 kilometers / 31 - 37 miles
  • Kayaking: 1 hour
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu

Tra Vinh and Soc Trang are pleasant local routes. The dirt track is ideal for cycling, a concrete vein weaving its way through the vibrant green scenery. Ride on local trails through farmlands and little charming villages, Khmer temples, and primary schools in rural villages. Overnight in Bac Lieu Town.

  • Cycling: 70 kilometers / 43 miles
  • Meals; Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Bac Lieu - Rach Gia

The highlight of today’s cycling is to explore a network of natural creeks through removed villages and rice paddy fields, small local floating markets on your way cycling to Vi Thanh. You cycle on small asphalt countryside roads, through huge rice fields, villages along rivers, and share space with locals on small ferries before you finish today’s ride. Then you get on the van / bus for a transfer to Rach Gia.

  • Cycling: 80 kilometers / 50 miles
  • Meals; Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Speed boat to Phu Quoc Island

This morning, your driver will send you to the pier to take a speed boat to Phu Quoc Island. The rest of the following days are on your own arrangements. End of service.

Biking grade

  • Moderate grade, it means these tours involve moderate level in both activities and are flexible for a private group
  • Please note physically required activities from 3 - 5 hours per day
  • Recommended for moderate travelers and families, who love outdoor activities
  • Distances per day: Kayaking on days 1 and 2: from 1 - 2 hours. Cycling: 20 - 45 miles (or 32 - 72 kilometers) most days.
  • Road conditions: Mekong Delta is as flat as a pancake. Most of the routes are villages, and countryside concrete roads mixed with tarmac roads which are comfortable for riders to experience the Mekong countryside.

Bikes

The bikes you will be riding are well-known such as Trek / Giant or Cannondale makes of hybrid or mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 27- 29 speed gearing, disc brakes, Shimano components, and front suspension.

Bike hire is included in the tour cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case, let Countryside Adventures know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

Bike repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though Countryside Adventures cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube, and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all Countryside Adventures' tours and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet, you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more Countryside Adventures will add another guide to the tour. All guides are well-informed in the history, culture, and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

The biking days

A typical biking day starts at about 7:30 a.m. after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. You'll aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4:30 or 5 p.m. On the route, you will have short breaks for rest, snacks, and photographs. Depending on the distance and the terrain, the biking day can be part-drive part-ride, or riding the whole way.

Location

This cycling tour takes place in Vietnam.

Food

Most meals are included in your trip price apart from non-cycling days and some other exclusions. Please check the itinerary for full details. If you have a special dietary request, please advise at the time of booking. Most diets can be catered for, but it is always important to let Countryside Adventures know in advance.

Rice is the staple food in Vietnam. Soup with rice noodles is a national dish. Recipes for main meals make use of vegetables, meat, and fish. Herbs and spices used in food preparation include basil, coriander, lemongrass, mint, and black pepper. Other ingredients are garlic, onions, ginger, and lime juice. There are numerous types of noodles eaten at all times of the day and noodle and rice-based snacks wrapped in rice paper or leaves are available.

Desserts include a variety of cakes and fresh fruit (bananas, durians, guavas, jackfruit, mangoes, oranges, persimmons and pineapples). Popular drinks are tea, coffee, and beer. The local spirit is rice wine.

Drink

Keeping you completely hydrated is a job Countryside Adventures takes very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding.

Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere but is NOT included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation based on twin-sharing
  • Bikes for complete tour and helmet
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Lunch in restaurants mid way / city restaurant / packed lunch
  • Speed boat tickets to Phu Quoc Island
  • Boat trip, local ferry
  • Back up AC vehicle for the complete tour (bus, + truck for the group of 8 people)
  • English-speaking local guide-cum biking guide
  • Fresh fruits / snacks (only cycling part)
  • Unlimited filter water during cycling (only cycling part)
  • All road and transport taxes
  • Driver allowance
  • Toll and parking charges
  • Pick up at the airport

What's not included

  • International flight tickets
  • Visa
  • Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Travel insurance
  • Any hard and soft drink with meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
Early bird Discount
This listing has a early bird discount of 10%. You must pay the deposit before 2024-Aug-31 to qualify for this discount.
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