The Mekong Delta forms both the far southern region of Vietnam and one of the country's two main bamboo baskets of rice, every year Vietnam exports thousand tons of rice to Asia and Europe. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are comprised of low lying rice fields and rivers are bordered by dense fresh water mangroves, water coconut trees... The tributaries of the Mekong Rivers provide a comprehensive networks of canals so that boat trip is main means of transportation.
The majority of Vietnam's fruits come from the many orchards of the Mekong Delta,..
*Day 1: Sai Gon- Ben Tre( L,D) Cycling 65 km:
We leave at 8:00 AM from your hotel for an easy hour drive out of busy Hochiminh City to Cailay, the gateway to the Mekong Delta.The ride will lead you right on narrow concrete paths through tropical gardens of durian, jack fruit...There are paths along natural canals weaving through quiet hamlets and across rivers which makes for a superb biking. We take a boat trip to discover the area around Caibe, including the floating market where fruits vegetables are hung on the bamboo poles in front of the boats advertising what is for the sale. We will stop in villages where locals made pop- corn, rice crispy and coconut candy. We then cross the upper Mekong River and cycle to our Homestay for the night.
*Day 2: Ben tre - Tra Vinh( L,D) Cycling 70km:
After breakfast We ride from Homestay through peaceful villages where We can see farmers work in nursery fruit tree gardens as they have done for many generations. The afternoon bike ride is through coconut plantations (the home land of coconuts) with thousands of high coconuts on the both sides of the paths. It makes a picturesques scenery!
Later in the afternoon We take a local ferry across the Upper Mekong River to Travinh Town for overnight hotel stay.
*Day 3: Travinh- Cantho City( B,L,D) Cycling 82km:
Starting the bike ride from the hotel We cycle 4 km and stop briefly Ba om Pond. This is a local tourist place famous in Travinh Province with many 100 year old trees near one of the oldest Khmer Pagoda in the Mekong Delta. We also visit a khmer Pagoda School learn about the life of Khmer students. Then We continue cycling through Khmer villages along concrete paths onto the largest rice growing area in the Mekong Delta.
*Day 4: Can Tho- Chau Doc (B,L) Cycling 75km:
We take an early morning boat trip to the Cairang floating market. The remarkable "Great Supermarket" the biggest floating market in Mekong Delta and the most important destination for tourists in Cantho City.
Later that morning We start our ride on the concrete path along the riverside. The path has many bridges which conect the small villages. Transfer by bus to Chau Doc border town where you will take a boat to Cambodia on the next day.
*Day 5: Chau Doc- Phnon penh (B,L,D) (No cycling):
This is your last day in Vietnam. We rest our legs as we boat it up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. After lunch we drive you to visit the killing field and S21 prison before we check in to the hotel in Phnom Penh.
*Day 6: Phnon penh- Kampong (B,L,D) Cycling 80km:
We set out from town with a transfer by car to escape the traffic. In no time, we are on the bikes, riding into the stunning landscapes of rice and coconut trees as we make our way to Oudong Mountain via Phnom Basset. we see a hill suddenly jut out of completely flat countryside and this is Oudong, a great place for a meal and a great place for a view of the plains. After lunch we take a drive up to Kampong Chanang, the home of Cambodian ceramic pottery and genuine floating villages.
*Day 7: Kampong Chanang- Battambang (B,L,D) Cycling 50km:
We start biking from the hotel around Kampong Chanang to see what village life in this area means. We'll see the pottery villages and a very nice country side of this place. We then take a drive to Battambang, a rural centre and home to some interesting French architecture. We take an afternoon ride to see some of these buildings and then take a ride on the famous Bamboo train.
*Day 8: Battambang to Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (B,L,D) 30km:
Depart from the hotel by transfer 2.30hour to Siem Reap. Then cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, BanteayKdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.
Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia's great king, Jayavarman VII. We will have lunch at the temple area before we visit Angkor Wat, after that we cycle back to your hotel.
*Day 9: Siem Reap to Tonle Sap Lake ( B,L) 20km:
Depart from the hotel, crossing the bridge at Old Market to cycle 20km toTonle Sap Lake, the biggest fresh water lake in South East Asia. The ride will take you troughSiem Reap country side and friendly villages where children will be welcoming you with a hello from every angle, when we reach to the port we take the about and spend about 2 hours to visit the floating village, floating school, fishing farm. Then Return to your hotel in Siem Reap by van.
Tour end in the afternoon at your hotel,
Have a great biking holiday!