Mekong Delta motorbike tours
- Vietnam motorbike destinations
Mekong Delta motorbike tours: Mekong Delta is the southern part of Vietnam which has 13 provinces: Can Tho, Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Dong Thap, An Giang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau. According to statistics in 2011, the total area of the Mekong Delta provinces is 40, 548.2 km² and the total population of these provinces is 17.330. 900 inhabitants. The Mekong Delta accounts for 13% of the country's area but produces 56% of the country's total rice and 40% of aquaculture products.
The Mekong Delta is formed over its millennial history by the silt carried by the Mekong River that begins its source in Tibet. After passing across five countries (China, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia), the Mekong River flows into the East Sea in southern Vietnam through nine estuaries that are considered nine dragons. So, the Vietnamese people call the Mekong Delta: Delta to Nine Dragons River.
During the Mekong Delta motorbike tours, you'll have to plunge yourself into the immense river space, endless orchards, lively floating markets...by tasting the unique specialties. Without being sumptuous or splendid, the the Mekong Delta preserves the peaceful, calm, relaxing beauty of a fluvial region but above all the hospitality of the people who make the Mekong Delta motorbike tours interesting.
Mekong Delta motorbike tours in which seasons?
Mekong Delta motorbike tours can be done all year around because there is no winter here. The Mekong Delta is sunny in all four seasons. Each season has its particular beauties.
1. Summer (around June, July and August) is often the season of tropical fruit ripening. You have the following main orchards:
Cai Be gardens: Located about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City, the Cai Be gardens on the Mekong River, in the Cai Be District of Tien Giang Province is not only the largest cradle of fruits in Mekong Delta: mango, grapefruit, guava, mandarin, jack... but also a stop for many visitors.
Orchards in Vinh Kim (a commune in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province) are known for soursop, durian, rambutan, grapefruit...
Cai Mon orchards in Ben Tre: Located in Vinh Thanh Commune, Cho Lach District of Ben Tre Province, Cai Mon orchards are recognized by the Vietnam Book of Records as the largest producer of fruit trees of the country. The orchards of Cai Mon are surrounded by rivers so that the trees are always lush.
We cannot forget to mention the orchards on the islands in Vinh Long, the orchards of My Khanh in Can Tho...Vinh Long and Can Tho are the two most popular destinations for tourism in South Vietnam in general and the Mekong Delta motorbike tours in particular.
2. The rising water season: Between September and November, it is the flood season on the Mekong River. Naturally, the flood brings the silt, the wealth of aquatic products to the local people. So here, we do not call '' the flood '' but '' the Rising Water Season ''.
The Mekong Delta motorbike tours in this season may have some road difficulties but travelers have the opportunity to see the most typical aspects of river life that only exist during the rising water season: The landscapes are more beautiful; the specialties are no longer available...Unlike the northern melancholic beauty, during the autumn, the Mekong Delta is full of vitality with the gardens filled with fruit, the birds migrating en masse to the forests and the flowering lotus fields...Of course, even the pace of life of people in the Mekong Delta in this season seems to be more exciting like its floating markets. The Mekong Delta motorbike tours at this time are to discover the magic of nature and life.
Mekong Delta motorbike tours suggest you some following circuits:
If you have 3 days
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho in the Mekong Delta: 170 km
Mekong Delta motorbike tour start. You will drive to Can Tho - the most important city of the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, you make a boat trip on the Mekong to visit authentic villages with traditional crafts. Free time and night in Can Tho.
Day 2: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Vinh Long - An Binh Island: 40 km
You will visit Cai Rang floating market: the largest in the Mekong Delta before going to Vinh Long where you will cross the Mekong River to An Binh Island for lunch in a garden, walk in villages to discover: fruit trees, nurseries, sampan ride, presentation of tea, folk show of southern Vietnam, dinner and overnight in a family with simple comfort...
Day 3: An Binh - Cai Be Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City: 100 km
You will visit the local market by bike before following a cooking class with the family. After lunch, transfer to Cai Ba to visit the floating market of local wholesalers. You will visit a workshop making rice sweets, coconut caramel, a tea break, exotic fruits...before returning to Ho Chi Minh City to finish your Mekong Delta motorbike tour in 3 days.
If you have 5 days
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Sa Dec - Can Tho: 180 km
You start your Mekong Delta motorbike tour in 7 days by going to My Tho where you will visit the Vinh Trang pagoda (the largest in Tien Giang province); the island of Thoi Son (the island of Phoenix) by boat, carriage with the typical landscapes of the Mekong Delta with traditional crafts...
You leave for Sa Dec where you visit Kien An Cung, the ancient temple of the Chinese peole, the old house Huynh Thuy Le where his love story with the French novelist Marguerite Duras happened.
Departure for Can Tho - The capital of the Mekong Delta.
Day 2: Can Tho - Bac Lieu - Ca Mau: 150 km
You will visit the Cai Rang floating market which is the largest in the Mekong Delta by taking a boat trip on the Mekong River to visit authentic villages with traditional crafts.
You continue the Mekong Delta motorbike tour to Bac Lieu where you will visit the house of Trinh Dinh Huy. This house designed by French engineers was built in 1919 where you will also discover stories of the luxury life of its owner.
Day 3: Ca Mau - Dat Mui - Ca Mau
You go to the pier to take the boat to Dat Mui. After 3 hours of fast boat, you arrive at the Ca Mau Cultural Park in the nature reserve recognized as the World Biosphere by UNESCO in May 2009.
Day 4: Ca Mau - Soc Trang Soc: 200 km
You go to Soc Trang where you will visit the 500 year old Kh'leang pagoda, the Bats pagoda and the clay pagoda. These are the three typical pagodas of the Khmer people in Mekong Delta.
Departure for Tra Vinh where you will visit the Khmer museum where many exhibitions present the spiritual and material life of the Khmer people in this region.
Day 5: Tra Vinh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh: 140 km
You return to Ho Chi Minh City passing the Mekong estuaries to complete your Mekong Delta motorbike tour in 5 days.
If you have 10 days
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Ba Dong: 200km
The first day of this Mekong Delta motorbike tour, you will cross 200 km with 7 estuaries of the Mekong River: Ba Lai, Luong Ham, Co Chien, Cung Hau...to reach Tra Vinh inhabited mainly by the Khmer people before arriving at Ba Dong beach.
Day 2: Ba Dong - Bac Lieu: 140km
You will cross the estuaries of Dinh An and Tran De to go to Vinh Chau before arriving at Bac Lieu which is the country of salt fields where you will visit the house of Trinh Dinh Huy. This house designed by French engineers was built in 1919 where you will also discover stories of the luxury life of its owner.
Day 3: Bac Lieu - Ganh Hao - Cape of Ca Mau: 170km
You will arrive at the southern Cape of the country. On the way, you go to Ganh Hao - the land of the mangrove forest. You will visit the ecotourism center of Mui Ca Mau, the symbol of Cape of Ca Mau, Mui Ca Mau National Park recognized as the World Biosphere by UNESCO in May 2009.
Day 4: Cape of Ca Mau - City of Ca Mau - Rach Gia: 250 km
Today, you will cross the most isolated region of the Mekong Delta with typical landscapes to reach Rach Gia by the sea.
Day 5: Rach Gia - Ha Tien: 90 km
Mekong Delta motorbike tour starts again. After driving 40 km, you will visit the U Minh Thuong forest by boat on the Cai Lon River. U Minh Thuong is the rare brackish primitive forest of the world.
In Ha Tien, if you have the time, it will be necessary to visit the mausoleum of Mac Cuu (Chinese founder of this region), crossing point with Cambodia...
Day 6: Ha Tien - Tra Su mangrove forest - Chau Doc: 120km
You follow along the Vinh Te canal to get to That Son. You will explore the mangrove forest of Tra Su preserving the typical biodiversity of the Mekong Delta. Arriving at Chau Doc, you will discover the mausoleum of Thao Ngoc Hau (founder of this region), Sam's pagoda with mixed styles of Vietnamese, Khmer and Chinese people.
Day 7: Chau Doc - Tan Chau - Sa Dec: 130km
Today, you start the Mekong Delta motorbike tour by taking the Chau Giang ferry to arrive at Tan Chau - the land of Muslim Cham. You will take the Tan Chau ferry to reach Hong Ngu and Sac Dec through the huge rice paddies. Arriving at Sa Dec, you will visit horticultural culture, the old house Huynh Thu Le where happened his love story with French novelist Marguerite Duras...
Day 8: Sa Dec - Can Tho: 60km
You go to Can Tho which is the capital of the Mekong Delta where you will visit the My Khanh orchard.
Day 9: Can Tho - Ben Tre - My Tho: 140 km
Early departure for the Cai Rang floating market - one of the largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Arriving at My Tho, you will visit the island of Phoenix enjoying local specialties.
Day 10: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City: 70km
You return to Ho Chi Minh City quietly to finish this trip Mekong Delta motorbike tour.
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