You will know why the Delta is called the 'food bowl of Vietnam' after you bike it! This trip runs Saigon to Saigon.
The Mekong Delta, where the great river nears the end of its 4900
kilometre journey, branches off into hundreds of rivulets, making this
flat area in the south of Vietnam some of the most fertile in South East
Cycling the Delta is an experience you will never forget. As your guide takes you weaving through the canal trails and orchard paths, across ferries that sometimes only fit half a dozen people, and into the charming villages and towns that this area is known for. As much an eating tour as a biking tour, the cuisine of this area will delight as will the friendly, welcoming people.
3 days duration
115 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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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 area through which we are travelling is not known for its luxurious accommodation, but the hotel we use is clean, well run and comes with air-conditioning and private bathroom.
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 always available 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.
One night of the tour is spent in a homestay which, while simple, is sure to be a lasting memory of your 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 and will be at your own expense.
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 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
for Mekong Delta & Cu Chi Explorer
Cycle the Cu Chi Tunnels, Transfer to Ben Tre
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and it's then just a short drive
down to the boat pier at the Saigon River. Here we board a nicely decked
out speed boat for the journey up the river to Cu Chi District. Along
the way, the scenery changes from a rapidly modernising city to a more
village-like one. Before long, we are leaving the boat to take our
exploratory ride around the Cu Chi area. Here we see rice paper making
and ride through the rubber plantations before returning to the
legendary tunnels where we take some time to explore now that the main
crowds have passed. After lunch we take a drive of a couple of hours
into the Mekong Delta and onto Ben Tre, our home for the night.
Boat & Cycle to Tra On
We start our day by exploring the breakfast options at both the hotel
and the local market. It's then time for some cycling. We take an easy,
flat ride through the shady canal paths and back roads, stopping along
the way to try the fresh fruit and to have a tasty lunch. In the mid
afternoon, we arrive at the home of our hosts. We then have some time to
relax and unwind before taking a walk of the village and perhaps
helping a little with dinner. A boat ride just before sunset is a nice
way to see out the day.
Floating Markets, Cycle & Transfer to Saigon
As we wake on your final day, you will be wishing your time in the Delta not to end, but there is still time to see the floating markets for which this area has become quite well known. As most people will be headed to the chaotic main market near Can Tho, our hosts will take us to a real, local floating market where vegetables are tossed from craft to craft and a little coffee vendor boat bounces in and out of the gaps, serving strong iced coffee. After taking some time to experience this explosion of colour and activity, we return to the house for breakfast, then take to the bikes again to explore some more of those lovely canal paths where the only traffic is an occasional motor scooter or pedestrian. At lunch, we pack up and then it's back into the van for the drive back to Saigon and to your hotel.
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.
Create Your Own Date
Don't see the date for this tour to suite your schedule? No problem - create your own date. Chose the dates that you would like to travel and as long as you are happy to open the tour to other 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 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
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 do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
Fabulous trip cycling through the mangrove forest and along the rice fields. An our guide was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the journey. We were so well looked after by Kung our 'daddy' for the trip who drove us to all the destinations and provided for us all the time with water and all the fruit and amazing meals. It was perfect couldn't fault it at all.
This was our first cycling experience outside New Zealand, and wow it was just fantastic. We loved riding the back roads through the rural villages, and experiencing life in true Vietnamese style.
Our guide and driver provided excellent service, great meals and were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend the Mekong Delta trip.
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