My Tho, one of the first stop in the Mekong Delta, is only about a 1,5 hour drive from Hochiminh City ( about 75km) and used to be the capital of Dinh Tuong province( today is Tien Giang province), with population of about 250,000. It sits on the banks of My Tho River, one of the many Mekong River tributaries near the mouths of the Mekong.
It was under Combodian rule until the 17th century and was settled mainly by Chinese after the Nguyen Lords took control of the area later that century. Thai forces subsequently invaded the area but were forced out in 1784. The French took contol of the region in the midle 19th century. In the mid-1960s, an important American millitary was here.
Today, Mytho is a prosperous City known for its rice production and fruit orchards. Mytho can easily be seen in a day visit from Hochiminh City.
Ben Tre is just a little province to be combinated by 3 big ilands( An Hoa island, Minh island and Bao island) in the mouth of Mekong river. The provincial capital is also called Ben Tre, it is a local city with an 86 kms' road to Hochiminh City, this province's name is supposed to be born following the French establishment of their Tham Bien( civil service) on the left bank of Bentre arroyo in 1867. Being the confluent of large rivers ,the local scenery is simple, specifc of the South's countryside. Its immense space is richly adorned with rivers, arroyos, crowded villages with numerous sellers and buyers both on land and on the water. these rustic spectacles are exciting in the tourist's view.
It is good for any visitor who loves to discover the real Mekong Delta! Ben Tre is well- known for coconut plantations, tropical fruit gardens, where nursery and bonsai gardens are grafted from village to village for generations, It is good for cycling tours with some homestays for overnight tours.
The biking Itinerary:
Sai Gon- My Tho- Ben Tre- Sai Gon (L) Cycling 30 km:
After you are picked up at at 7:30 AM from your hotel, we will have a short drive through out of a busy SaiGon/ Ho Chi Minh City to Tan An town where we start the morning bike ride along the combination of concrete paths, single tracks through in peaceful village in dragon fruit gardens, coconut plantations...on the way we can see the smiling children call out "Hello!, hello!" After a short break for enjoying tropical fruits and keep cycling to My Tho City where we have got a boat trip to one of the four Islets on the Upper Mekong River, they're called as venereted animals: Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix. After lunch at local restaurant we take a boat ride to riverside village and a short walk around to see how locals make coconut candy,- specialty of Ben tre province!. taste some honey tea and honey wine... Going by horse- carts to the next quiet village (Imagine that locals used this kind of transfer 30 years ago!), taking a rowing boats and cruise down the water coconut creeks before heading back to Saigon. The tour ends at your hotel.
*Biking on concrete paths, dirt paths and single tracks along canals
*Stop in villages to talk to locals and experience their daily activities, you have a chance to count " how many time do children say" Hello" and do hi -five to you!
*Taking a motor boat and a rowing boat in small canals
*Enjoy different kind of tropical fruits and learn how to make coconut candy.
*Cycle in remote area to see the real life of local people
*Stop wherever to take pictures
- English speaking bike tour guide
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel
- Support Vehicle with a driver
- Good moutain bikes, Helmets,
Spare parts, Tool kits and Medical kits
- Boat trip, Ferries, Entrance fees
- Water, Soft drinks, Snacks,
Fresh fruits and Wet towels
- All meals as mentioned
(B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Travel Insurance, Personal expenses
2pers - 3pers (132USD/Each)
4pers - 7pers (65USD/Each)
8pers -10pers (52USD/Each).