Vietnam by Bike: Mekong Delta, 5 Day/ 4 Night

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SUMMARY:

This fantastic itinerary lets you explore deep in the Mekong delta.

Immerse yourself in the local cultures and traditions of the people living on the banks of this immense river. You will cycle down narrow laneways, along single river tracks, over quaint bridges and over ferry crossings all the while taking in the atmosphere of the bamboo villages as you pass by. There will be chance to get an insight into the old French colonial days and learn about the architecture which is still visible from times gone by. Take a boat down narrow hidden waterways before returning to reality.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Saigon to Can Tho by bike

After leaving Saigon, our shuttle will take you out of town to avoid the teeming traffic. At My Tho, the gateway to the mighty Mekong, collect your cycles and enjoy the first day in saddle. The ride offers peaceful country lanes and quiet roads that pass through local villages and along canals. Stop at Cai Be where you will have lunch in a French colonial styled villa then continue the cycle journey toward Vinh Long where you board the bus and transfer to Can Tho

Day 2: Can Tho to Soc Trang

Take a morning boat ride to explore the bustling Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of local people trade on the river. After enjoying a boat trip to experience the small canals around Can Tho, stop at a local orchard to taste juicy tropical fruit then pedal along the river bank. The scenery is peaceful and dotted with bananas trees and fruit orchards and you can also visit other local markets along the way to watch how the local merchandisers do business. On the ride to Soc Trang, the capital of the Khmer religion, you will see many Khmer pagodas along the way. Take the opportunity to stop and meet with friendly monks before continuing toward the town of Soc Trang

Day 3: Soc Trang to Sa Dec

After leaving Soc Trang by bus, transfer to the Can Tho ferry, pick up your cycles and enjoy riding along the bank of the Hau River to Sa Dec.  Cycle through country lanes, paddy fields, bamboo villages and windy paths then enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. After checking into your hotel at Sa Dec, visit some of the local sights by cycle including the riverside market, old houses, the French villas of colonial times and historic temples and pagodas.

Day 4: Sa Dec to Cao Lanh

Start riding on small riverside routes dotted with old houses, temples, pagodas and churches, to a flower village. After crossing a river by ferry, bike to Xeo Quyt via a green islet, continue cycling till you reach Xeo Quyt, an evergreen Cajeput forest. A small boat will take you into the forest where vestiges of an army base can still be seen. A further 15 km of biking from Xeo Quyt will bring you to Thanh My village where you keep cycling along a main road (22km) and either transfer to the van or cycle the remaining 20kms to Cao Lanh. Visit the Tomb of Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of president Ho Chi Minh before finishing at the Song Tra hotel where you overnight

Day 5: Cao Lanh – Saigon

On your final cycling day, ride on a country lane to Gao Giong Eco-Tourism Park, which is a new green oasis surrounded by vast under water areas that are full of yellow dien dien flowers, violet water lilies and pink lotus flowers. Take a boat ride to visit the Gao Giong bird sanctuary before returning to Saigon by bus.

Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Day Location Accommodation Room category Meals

(B: Breakfast,

L: Lunch,

D: Dinner)

Day 1 Saigon – Can Tho Irish Hotel Superior Premium B, L
Day 2 Can Tho – Soc Trang Que Huong Hotel Standard I (TWN) B, L
Day 3 Soc Trang – Sa Dec Bong Hong Hotel Standard B, L
Day 4 Sa Dec – Cao Lanh Song Tra Hotel Standard II B, L
Day 5 Cao Lanh – Saigon N/A N/A B, L,D

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and support for cycling days.
  • Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days. (TREK 4300/4500 Mountain bike)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Healthy snack, fresh local fruits and soft drink for biking days.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
  • Simple First Aid Kit.
  • International flight reconfirmation.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International flight to/from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visa
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 3 USD/person/day for guide, 2 USD/person/day for driver and 2 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Please note that this proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation. We recommend your confirmation as early as possible.

Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.

Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.

All flight times are local.

Please refer to the pre-departure guide which has been provided with this proposal.

All Destinations: Our guides are briefed not to promote or recommend any specific shopping outlets, curio stores, gem factories or outlets. We operate a strict policy on this matter. Should your guide recommend any form of shopping or any other commercial activity outside of what may have been included in this itinerary, Neither Travel Clubs International, nor our partners can accept no responsibility should you decide to accept any such recommendations.

 PRICES:

1 passenger :  $1390 pp

2 passengers, shared room $980 pp

Single Room Supplement $90

DISCLAIMER: Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose the similar hotels at same category and discuss with you for final approval.

Hotel check out is normally 12:00pm but sometimes earlier. Check in is after 14.00. Early check in and late checkout is subject to availability only.

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

CANCELLATIONS:

All cancellations 45+ days in advance of departure are subject to 50% fee. Cancellations less than 45% days of departure are non-refundable.

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