1st day: Ride from Sai Gon to Ben Tre
Be already at your hotel at 8:00am, our guide(s) will come there to pick you up for the trip. Today, you will:
– Visit Cu Chi tunnels (spend few hours there)
– Visit the rice barn and rice mills of Mekong delta – Visit the Dong Tam snack farm – Visit Vinh Trang pagoda which the biggest Buddha in Vietnam
– Visit Cao Dai temple
– Learn more about the daily life of local people along the road you go over
– Arrive in Ben Tre around 5pm, check in homestay or hotel
2nd day: Ride from Ben tre to Tra Vinh to Soc Trang
Starting to ride from your home-stay to Mo Cay, ride through coconut plantation, water palm fields and cross Co Chien River by ferry to Tra Vinh city. Arrive at Tra Vinh City – a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer, have lunch at a local restaurant then take a short break. In the afternoon, pass Khmer villages & short pause at Khmer temples before riding to Cau Quan and take ferry to the small beautiful Island named “Cu Lao Dung”. On unpaved roads with tiny orchards along riverside, we can stop a while for break & taking photo then do riding further 3 km to another ferry to Dai Ngai, Soc Trang province. Overnight in Soc Trang.
3rd day: Ride from Soc Trang to Can Tho
In the morning, take a short city tour of Soc Trang to visit Khmer Museum, Clay Pagoda, and Bat pagoda where hundreds of bat hanging on the top of the trees before taking rural roads to Can Tho. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Arrival Can Tho city, we continue riding 10kms to Cai Son canal for home stay. Check in then take a slow ride along the path of fruit orchards and sometimes you may also hear the birds singing, cocks warbling at sunset. Pay visits at one orchard, small woodwork shop, tree garden laden with fruits, rice fields. On the village roads, we may catch many interesting scene of children bathing in the river, ladies rowing boat to bring fruits home after harvest. This is a great time to enjoy the full of plainness, quietness of the southern countryside and hospitality of the Mekong delta locals. When night gradually falls, ride back to the local house for home stay. Dinner at the local host.
4th day: Ride from Can Tho Dong Thap
6.30 AM, wake up early for simple breakfast with Vietnamese coffee (with or without condense milk). Take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, one of the busiest fruit market in Southeast Asia. We have a long distance cruise & walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine. Late morning, we will continue on our “steel horses” to ride on back roads and little track by waterway Dong Thap via Cao Lanh town.
5th Day : Ride from Dong Thap to Sai Gon
Leaving Dong Thap, we will do a pause at Xeo Quyt Revolutionary Base, an old former soldier will be your local guide and take you into the boundless watery cajeput by rowing a boat. Lunch in Xeo Quyt restaurant, After lunch, continue heading to Saigon via Cai Be Dist.