A 3-day Mekong Boat & Bike Luxury Adventure combining a thrilling river journey, gentle cycling, delicious food and two luxury hotel overnight stays. A trip to reward the most discriminating traveler.
From Saigon travel by speedboat quickly leaving the bustle of the city behind. Rural life is just minutes away. With stops at a bustling local market and a legendary pagoda you will quickly understand life along the waterways of southern Vietnam.
Once in the Delta there is no better means of exploration than by bike. We cycle gentle canal paths and orchard trails, cross on ferries that sometimes only fit half a dozen people and through the charming villages and towns that this area is known. You will be immersed deep in the Delta and its unique way of life. At each corner a picture-perfect scene awaits you. As much an eating tour as a biking tour, the cuisine of this area will delight you. Each meal and snack stop is carefully selected to allow you to sample a wide variety of the Delta’s delicious foods. At the end of each day you will relax and experience two of the top rated hotels in all of southern Vietnam.
This is an 'On Demand' tour - As long as you give us at least 48hrs notice you can create your own date. See more details below the itinerary.
3 days duration
70 km distance
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Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a comfortable saddle are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
The hotels we use on this tour are the best luxury accommodation in the area - comfortable, well run, with swimming pools and rooms fitted with air-conditioning and all amenities.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is available on the cycling sections of this tour for tired riders and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
This is a food tour as much as a bike & boat tour. The international profile of Vietnamese food has increased over the last two decades with very good reason. A cuisine that has evolved with the culture and landscape of Vietnam provides for an astounding level of variety from south to north. Each town and city has its own subtle twist on iconic dishes and some of their own creations. Our leaders are passionate about their food and look forward to taking you on a culinary adventure in unison with your cycling adventure. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 8
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 8 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
for Boat & Bike the Mekong Delta tour
Boat from Saigon to My Tho
This morning a private car from Les Rives takes you from your hotel to the Saigon boat pier. A talented, English speaking Les Rives guide welcomes you on-board and accompanies you on the journey to the Delta. A light breakfast snack is served.
As your boat departs downtown Saigon via narrow canals we quickly enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast is served on board. A riverside market is brimming with local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities. The Delta is also home to many religious faiths. We'll visit a pagoda where your guide explains the significance of Buddhism to many who live here.
Soon the boat reaches the watery expanses known as the Delta of Nine Dragons, named for the 9 tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River. We'll visit a local brick factory, take a ride on “xe loi”, a traditional transport used in the villages of the Delta, and stop to see other artisans at work. Lunch is served in our favorite local riverside restaurant. By mid-afternoon we arrive at Island Lodge, our boutique hotel along the river.
Relax by the river with a book, chill at the pool or take a bike ride along peaceful alleyways full of shady fruit trees. If the Island Lodge hotel is fully booked we offer guests the same experience just upriver at the Mekong Riverside boutique hotel.
A sumptuous dinner awaits you tonight at the hotel.
Cycle & Transfer to Can Tho
Breakfast at the Island Lodge is taken in the outdoor dining area overlooking the river. Your Grasshopper guide will meet you this morning for your day of biking and exploring deeper into the Delta.
Our ride today takes us along narrow canal paths, crossing streams on small bridges and larger rivers by ferry. There are many stops along the way to introduce you to local life. Lunch today near Cho Lach is specially prepared in a private residence.
There’s time more cycling after lunch before we hop into a private van for the final transfer to Can Tho and the luxury of the Victoria Can Tho Resort. There's time for a dip in the pool and a chance to relax riverside before we head off to a local restaurant for dinner.
Cycle Can Tho to Vinh Long & Transfer to Saigon
This morning we are up early to experience Can Tho’s famous floating market with the locals, not the tourists. It is a short drive from the hotel to a boat dock where we’ll board a small craft for an up-close experience of this unique Delta tradition.
Returning to the hotel by 7:30, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the sumptuous breakfast at the the resort. By 9am the bikes will be ready and we set off to a nearby ferry, crossing the Mekong on our final day of cycling the Delta.
This region features many sites constructed during early Khmer rule of the Delta and today nearly 1.5 million people of Cambodian descent still call this area home. The sites and sounds are a marked contrast to other areas we've visited in the Delta.
After a late lunch, it’s time to board the van for our transfer back to Saigon, arriving approximately 5pm.
Create Your Own Date
This is an 'On Demand' tour - so create your own date. Chose the dates that you would like to travel and as long as you two people joining we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 48hrs in the future. This just gives us time to organise all travel arrangements
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can accommodate you for a surcharge. Please enquire for a quote.
3. All trips are subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
What's the Riding Like?
All flat terrain
3 days riding
This is a completely flat ride on back roads and trails. We spend minimal time if any on anything resembling a main road, so there is rarely any traffic at all. The road is generally a mix of sealed or hard-packed dirt. At times it can be uneven and bumpy, but perfectly achievable if you are confident with your balance on a bike. The fitness requirement on this tour is not high due to the lack of hills, short distances and relaxed pace. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
Being 1650km from north to south Vietnam's seasons vary across the country, making it a year round destination. This also means that you will probably encounter some rain if you are travelling extensively, regardless of your month of travel.
Northern Vietnam (Hanoi & Ha Giang) is cold in the winter months (Nov-Mar), and can be damp and misty, although there are also beautifully sunny days at this time of year.
The central region (Hoi An, Hue & Nha Trang) is wettest from September to December with occasional typhoons, which can occasionally disrupt travel.
The south experiences the regular Southeast Asian monsoon between June and October, with dry sunny weather from November to April. December and January are the coolest months with temperatures rising during April and May leading to the onset of the rains.
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