Best cycling routes in Vietnam’s south March 9, 2020 Best cycling routes in Vietnam's Mekong Delta The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is home to some of the best cycling routes on the planet! We're proud to share some of the routes we use on our Social Cycles rides. These routes are best cycled with some form of local support (van). It is imperative that you have a fully charged phone with internet access as the Mekong Delta is an absolute labyrinth and very easy to get very lost! It’s easiest to join a Social Cycles tour and let us take the worry away for you, or you can have a go yourself with the information below. My Tho to Can Tho via Vinh Long This ride is 100km from point to point, but if you like, you can break it up into two days and spend one evening in Vinh Long along the way. There is a great variety of small tracks, water crossings and sealed roads. As you can see from the elevation below, the ride is completely flat. Distance The distance from point to point is 105km, with Vinh Long a good stop at the 60km mark Terrain Mostly sealed road with occasional footpath and dirt tracks, only accessible by two wheels. Some roads have medium traffic on them. Difficulty Considered 'easy' due to the flat nature and plentiful opportunities for water and food purchases along the way. However, heat can be a factor. Highlights The bridge straight out of My Tho is a heart starter, that can feel like a hill! Enjoy the numerous ferries and the small tracks between villages Previous Next Rach Gia (coast) to Can Tho This ride starts in Rach Gia, on the south coast of Vietnam. The ride to Can Tho, Vietnam’s biggest city south of Saigon, is a maze of small paths and roads alongside sleepy canals and tiny bridges. Again, there are a lot of places to stop along the way to have arest in a hammock whilst throwing back a sugar cane juice. Distance The distance from point to point is 102km to the city of Can Tho. The last 8km is in heavy traffic, but following the route is the best and safest way in. Terrain Completely flat and mostly sealed roads. Quite often paved concrete (footpaths) alongside rural homes and rice farms. Difficulty Easy, despite the distance. The route is flat and the terrain allows for a casual 15km-20km pace. Ensure you drink enough water and have breaks Highlights Cycling into Can Tho can be exhilarating if you're comfortable in traffic. The 10km prior to the traffic is beautiful, shaded paths alongside small waterways. Previous Next Send me the Vietnam itinerary Name Email Please send me the itinerary! Can Tho to Ben Tre This is potentially one of the best rides of the four listed here. There is some amazing single track that will take you off the GPS map, but just keep following the most obvious way forward and you’ll eventually find your way through the maze of rice paddies! Distance From point to point, it's 97km.There are multiple ferry crossings and roughly 2-3mk of busy roads, and one monster bridge to finish! Terrain With the exception of about 5km of dirt tracks (or mud if it's raining), the route is all on sealed road. Some of the footpaths can be a little broken. There are many small bridges of canals. Difficulty Again, 'easy' due to the flat terrain, however, the heat can always be a major factor. Due to the twists, turns and broken paths at times, the average pace is 15km/ph. Highlights Undoubtedly the route from the 16km point to about 24km.It's an amazing maze of rural backroads and rice paddies alongside small tracks and canals. Previous Next Ben Tre to Ho Chi Minh City There is something really special about cycling into a city like Ho Chi Minh City. Obviously you need to be very comfortable in traffic and we would only recommend this with local experts and guides. However, the route depicted below avoids as much heavy traffic as possible Distance Just shy of 100km, this ride takes you all the way into Saigon's district One. The last 5km is through heavy traffic, whilst the 8km prior is on a wide shoulder. Terrain All flat with multiple ferry crossings. Some small sealed roads and footpaths along the way. Very small amounts of gravel roads too. Difficulty Again, 'easy' because it's flat. However, the heat can play a part at certain times. Lot's of opportunities to stop along the way. Highlights After My Tho, between 35km and 58km, you'll ride through lots of dragonfruit orchards. The last 15km is quite special as you'll ride all the way into Saigon. Previous Next Share the journey Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Feeling inspired? 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