Day 1: Saigon, Cai Be
Depart in the morning from Ho Chi Minh City for the one hour drive to Long An, the gateway to the Mekong Delta region. The first stop from Long An will be to the city of My Tho, which is famous for its verdant rice paddies and colorful dragon fruit orchards. The guide will show and explain how farmers handle the fruit and how they care for the unique cacti tree. A visit will also be made to a rice noodle workshop in a local commune to see how locals traditionally produce the noodles that go into the famous southern noodle dish, Hu Tieu. There will be a chance for those interested to sample this famous noodle dish during the visit.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in My Tho. After lunch, travel to Cai Lay where our bicycles await for the afternoons ride. Embark on a leisurely cycle through the countryside lanes, seeing local villages and canals along the way. During the ride we will pass through local gardens and orchards where a range of exotic local fruits are grown. Spot everything from rambutan and dragonfruit to longan, jackfruit and the infamous durian. There will be a chance to purchase and sample some fruit along the way.
Continue the cycle until reaching Cai Be, where we will board a boat to reach the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc. We will arrive in time to catch a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. Dinner and overnight this evening will be at an eco-guesthouse on the island.
*For those keen on a shorter cycling trip, an alternative route is available to Cai Be featuring small sampans which will get us to the island on a different route. This ride depends on the tides, so please consult with us ahead of time if you’d prefer the shorter cycle trip.
Day 2: Cai Be, Vinh Long, Can Tho
After breakfast at the eco guesthouse, we will take off for a morning cycle (30 minutes) to the ferry crossing for Vinh Long. You will be sharing the road with pedestrians, other cyclists and morning commuters (scooters), which will offer a feel for the buzzing morning time in the Mekong. The ferry will head to Can Tho, where we will continue the cycle through local villages, riding along verdant rice fields. Lunch will be served here at a local restaurant.
After lunch there is an optional transfer to Can Tho or we can continue the cycle along more village areas leading to Dong Thanh, where a traditional Khmer pagoda is built. Later in the afternoon there will be time for wandering around the waterfront area or a visit to the Can Tho cable bridge. Overnight this evening will be in Can Tho.
Day 3: Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head out this morning on a boat trip to the bustling Cai Rang floating market. One of the biggest floating markets in Asia, you will have a chance to see how local vendors buy and sell goods from their vessels, ranging from produce and seafood to coffee and snacks. There will also be a cruise done through the surrounding waterways with Can Tho being the final stopping point. A visit will be made along the way to a local factory or mill.
After disembarking the boat, we will jump on our bicycles for a two hour ride through some of the most beautiful lush countryside of the Delta. There will be chances along the way to stop at local shops to see how some of the locals make their daily living. Lunch will be served shortly thereafter and after lunch transport will be provided back to Ho Chi Minh City.