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Mekong Delta by Bike (3 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Vietnam  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 307 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 392 US Dollar (USD)

The difficulty of navigating the river has meant that it has divided, rather than united, the people who live near it. The earliest known settlements date to 2100 BC, with Ban Chiang being an excellent example of that early Iron Age culture. The earliest recorded civilisation was the 1st century Indianised-Khmer culture of Funan, in the Mekong Delta. Excavations at Oc Eo, near modern An Giang, we have found coins from as far away as the Roman Empire. This was succeeded by the Khmer culture Chenla state by around the 5th century. The Khmer empire of Angkor was the last great Indianized state in the region. From around the time of the fall of the Khmer empire, the Mekong was the frontline between the emergent states of Siam and Tonkin (North Vietnam), with Laos and Cambodia, then situated on the coast, torn between their influence.

The first European to encounter the Mekong was the Portuguese Antonio de Faria in 1540; a European map of 1563 depicts the river, although even by then little was known of the river upstream of the delta. European interest was sporadic: the Spaniards and Portuguese mounted some missionary and trade expeditions, while the Dutch Gerrit van Wuysthoff led an expedition up the river as far as Vientiane in 1641–42. The French took a serious interest in the region in the mid-19th century, capturing Saigon in 1861, and establishing a protectorate over Cambodia in 1863.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long (30 km cycling). Drive from Saigon to Cai Lay and ride to Cai Be. From Cai Be, take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. The trip includes a visit to the unique "floating" market at Cai Be, and to a family-run business producing rice paper - a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.

Lunch is on an island mid-river, in a local house set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees. Then followed by a performance of traditional Vietnamese music. After lunch, continue riding on to An Binh island. (Seasonally, on the way to the Mekong Delta, we can enjoy the peaceful scenes of farmers seeding, ploughing, and harvesting the rice crop). Overnight in Vinh Long. Includes:(L).

Day 2: Vinh Long - Can Tho (50 km cycling). In the morning, visit craft industries in VinhLong to see local residents make tofu, floor tiles, bricks, and rice farming. Ride to Can Tho and spend the afternoon at a fruit market. Overnight in Can Tho. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 3: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (30 km cycling). Take a morning boat ride from the Ninh Kieu dock in CanTho to visit the teeming floating market at Cai Rang. Ride through small tracks and stop at a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruits of the Mekong Delta. Lunch en-route. Drive to Ho Chi Minh City. End of trip and welcome back. Includes: (B), (L).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Air conditioned bus/van
- Truck to carry bikes
- English speaking biking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Boat trip and ferries
- Airport transfer in/out
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel
- Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic
- Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits
- Accommodation.

Price Excludes:
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses.

About This Supplier
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Location: Vietnam
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2011
Client Request Served: 4

M21019 - A pioneer in individualised cycling tours Biking has to be the ultimate way to explore all of destinations. There is no better way to get close to people in the countryside or to take in the extraordinary sights, sounds and smell of the Indochina and beyond. M21019 is a recognized leader in arranging biking...

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