Leg No. 20: Sài Gòn-
On this leg, you will continue on Highway 1A, going southwest towards the towns of Tan An, Mỹ Tho, Cai Lậy, Vĩnh Long, and Cần Thơ.
The distance on this leg is approximately 170 km. Other than going up inclines while crossing bridges, the road is relatively level and flat. Unlike the previous legs, you will not encounter any hills or mountains on this ride. Therefore, you can ride at a moderate to fast pace and still have time to enjoy the sceneries and still be able to get to your destination before sunset. The roads on this leg are generally two lanes in each direction with one lane for the larger vehicles and the other lane for two wheel vehicles and pedestrians. The signs are well marked throughout the roads. Because of the wide, flat roads and easy to read signs, riding bike south of Saigon is a much easier task than riding on the previous bike legs. In the South, you will notice a few motorist like to ride on the same road with you but in opposite directions. Don’t be alarm; they generally travel along the side of the road. Exercise caution and care when you see these illegally driving motorists.
To get to the city of Cần Thơ, you will have to go through a ferry that takes you across the Hậu Giang River. At the ferry station, there are many small shops and eateries. As such, there are generally many people around, so be careful when riding admist this crowd. Also, don’t miss the turn off to the ferry station. If you do miss the turn off, the road will eventually take you to the market of Trà Om and ends abruptedly. This will add another half an hour to your ride as you have to turn around and ride back to the road leading to the ferry station.
The city of Cần Thơ sits adjacent to the Hậu Giang River. It is an important commerce site for buying and selling goods in South Vietnam. For this reason, sometimes Cần Thơ is called by another name-