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Mekong River Delta

Leg 1: Sài Gòn-Mỹ Tho

Leg 2: Mỹ Tho-Trà Vinh

Leg 3: Trà Vinh-Sóc Trăng

Leg 4: Sóc Trăng-Cà Mau

Leg 5: Cà Mau-Rạch Giá

Leg 6:  Rạch Giá-Châu Đốc

Leg 7: Châu Đốc-Cao Lãnh

Leg 8: Cao Lãnh-Tân An

Leg 9: Tân An-Sài Gòn

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Leg No. 5:  Cà Mau-Rạch Giá (128 km).

This is the longest leg of Xuyen Viet-Mekong River Delta bike ride.  On this leg, you will leave Cà Mau and ride North on Highway 63 towards the towns of Vĩnh Thuận, Minh Lương, and Rạch Giá.  The number of vehicles traveling on this highway is relatively sparse, and the road you share with them is also narrow.  Since there are less vehicles, drivers on this road tend to drive faster than on crowded roads, so beware of these fast moving vehicles as you are riding your bike.

Highway 63 crosses both Cà Mau and Kiên Giang provinces.  The main attraction on this highway is that it goes through a relatively rural area of both provinces.  The ride is scenic and the road is surrounded by lush vegetations and rice fields.  The houses on this highway are mostly made of dried palm leaves.

The Cái Lớn River runs adjacent to Highway 63 and divides An Biên and Châu Thành districts.  The Ferry Tác Cậu-Xẻo Rô will transport you across this river on your way to Rạch Giá.  Take caution as you and your bike get on the ferry.  Since the ferry crossing this river is generally crowded, be careful when getting too close to the mopeds.  Your legs and pants can easily come into contact with the moped tailpipe causing burns and other mishaps.  After the ferry, you will bike into Rạch Giá on a road that is still under construction.  The gravel and dirt on this road will slow your biking pace a great deal.

Upon arrival at the town of Minh Lương, you should veer to the left and take the road into Rạch Giá.  This road is Highway 80 and it is relatively wide.  Rach Giá is a relatively large town.  Phú Quốc Island is also only few hour ferry ride away.  Spend a couple of days here to get to know the town and also to pay a visit to Phú Quốc Island.  Aside from the sandy beaches and pristine water, Phú Quốc is also known for its renowned fish sauce industry.