As one of the world's largest rivers and Vietnam's agricultural heart, the Mekong River and its vast delta provide endless opportunities to experience sights, sounds and smells that will stay with you long after you have left the region. This lovely cycling tour takes you to a variety of Mekong Delta highlights. You can marvel at the variety of bird life in nature reserves, encounter Khmer monks in incense-filled pagodas, cruise through tangled mangrove swamps, and join one of the most lively floating markets in the region.
• The Mekong Delta, the story of a river and the life it generates
• Cycle with the locals through the watery world of the Mekong Delta• Visit farms and workshops, chat with local people and taste their locally made products• Spend time cruising gently through one of the river's huge floating markets
[Day 1] Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can ThoMeals: lunch | Accommodation: hotel
Shake hands with your guide with pick up at your hotel and transfer by car for a 1hour drive to Long An province. Start biking on singletrack trails through rice fields, vegetable farms, and sugar cane plantations. Stop at a local farm house to enjoy tropical fruits in the countryside. Then continue biking through orchards and palm tree-covered lanes. Transfer to the pier and take a boat to Ben Tre province, where rowboats will bring you into the maze of canals and small branches of the Mekong. Get off the boat to pause for honeyed tea at Quoi An's bee farm and to check out workshops where a range of coconut products are skilfully handcrafted. We then cycle through a different series of back roads in the afternoon before the car transfer to Can Tho where you spend the night in a comfy hotel.
[Day 2] Can Tho – Sai GonMeals: breakfast and lunch | Accommodation: N/A
Have breakfast and check out of the hotel for an early boat cruise the biggest floating market in the delta. Our boat will make its way slowly through the colourful commercial mayhem for fantastic photo opportunities amidst the huge variety of agricultural bounty on sale here. Farmers boats big and small trade seasonal fruits and an array of other goods in a chorus of sights and smells. Disembark for a short bike ride into villages around Phong Dien where we'll visit the ancient house in Binh Thuy village and enjoy delicious lunch before the drive back to Saigon. Tour ends with great images saved in your memory and camera's memory card.
PRICE PER PERSON (Valid from 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013)
2 persons up
• Accommodation• Meals as specified in the program• Boat excursion• Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver• The services of an experienced English-speaking guide• All entrance fees• VAT and other taxes
• Hotel in Saigon• Beverages, guide gratuities and personal expenses.• Camera fees (if any)• Insurance• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas & New Year)
Standard• Can Tho: Kim Lan hotel (ROH)
Superior• Can Tho: Ninh Kieu hotel (ROH)
Deluxe• Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho hotel (Superior)
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