The Best Bicycle Tours in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city's streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market. This city is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. Ho Chi Minh breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, it is a city of energy and discovery. Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. With so much to see, do, and taste, Ho Chi Minh is a great place to experience, and there are several exciting options for bike tours in or near the city to help you make the most of your time here.
This tour gives you a chance to bike the peaceful countryside as you experience the real Vietnam, only a short distance from the big city and near the Cu Chi Tunnels. Riding comfortable, impeccably maintained bikes with the guidance of a charming, well-spoken local Vietnamese guide, this trip will take you through peaceful villages, to see agricultural landscapes and the daily life of the Southern Vietnamese people. Visit a small, locally owned rice paper factory where spring roll wrappings originate. Cycle through a beautiful, shaded rubber plantation and learn the history and significance of rubber in Vietnam's colonial past and contemporary economy. And finally, a visit to the famous Cu Chi tunnels tops a highly memorable day of adventure and provides some historical context to much of what you will see in your time in Vietnam. The tunnel tour include a chance to crawl through the historic passageways - and experience life underground as it was just a few decades ago. This tour blends outdoor adventure and recent history in the landscape of contemporary, rural Vietnam.
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After morning hotel pickup by your guide, your day trip starts with a 1.5-hour speedboat ride along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels site. Nibble on a light breakfast of pastries, fresh fruit and Vietnamese iced coffee on the boat as you watch the riverside landscape change from city sprawl to lush jungle. Listen to commentary from your guide about rural traditions and life along the riverbanks until you reach Cu Chi, where your guide fits you with a top-quality mountain bike and helmet for your 2.5-hour bike ride. While you pedal at a leisurely pace for 15-19 miles on back roads and dirt trails, you'll see the villages, plantations and green rubber forests of southern Vietnam. Stop for photo ops and a light snack before returning to the Cu Chi Tunnels. With your guide, explore the tunnels, visiting underground bunkers used for kitchens, meeting rooms, living quarters and medical treatment. See a firing range and displays of weapons and booby traps, and then taste local cassava root, which sustained Viet Cong fighters during the lean years of the Vietnam War (known as the 'American War' in Vietnam). Next, enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, and then make the 1.5-hour drive back to Ho Chi Minh City by air-conditioned van. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
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Start your 4-day cycling adventure with a short transfer from Ho Chi Minh City and ride from Cai Lay to Cai Be on the peaceful back-country roads, passing fertile ride paddies and orchards along the way. Stop for lunch on an island before continuing down narrow lanes, over canals and past banana plantations until you reach a charming homestay, which will be your accommodation for the night. On our second day travel by bike and boat and start your exploration of one of the Mekong islands. Cycling along narrow dirt tracks and trails, catch a glimpse of the colorful riverside life while pedaling past picturesque delta homes and villages, including the Khmer town of Tra Vinh. After breakfast, head out on yet another fun exploration of the village life, visiting stunning Khmer temples and local fishing towns as you cycle scenic roads and cross numerous small bridges to Can Tho. Spend your last morning riding to Phong Dien Floating Market and weave through this bustling place before lunch and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. On this tour you will cycle a total of 93mi over the course of four days. A support vehicle travels behind the group for support and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group. This 4-Day/3-Night tour includes three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners.
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The tour departs Ho Chi Minh at 7:30 am., by private van. On arrival in the Mekong Delta as the bikes are set-up you may enjoy coffee or tea at a small village cafe. Soon you are off riding through serene countryside on quiet, paved, rural roads, past countless rice paddies, vegetable farms and orchards full of locally grown fruit. The Mekong is Vietnam's most abundant agricultural region and it's also home to local artisans and weavers. Stop at a small shop to see traditional woven mats and visit a nearby cocoa plantation. Ride through two, very traditional local wet markets with fresh fruits and vegetables from the region, as well as the recent catch of fish from the local rivers and streams. Rice is still the most prominent crop and the views across rice fields are stunning. There is some riding on smaller dirt and paved paths, but the route is safe for even the casual cyclist. Visit the largest wholesale fresh produce market in the region, see indoor fresh water shrimp cultivation, and stop at a beautiful traditional temple of the Cao Dai religion. Lunch is prepared in a private home with a beautiful garden patio. After our meal and short rest, you will board a small canal boat for a relaxing journey through quiet canals. Then board a private van for the drive back to Ho Chi Minh.
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