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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. 3:  Trà Vinh-Sóc Trăng (55 km).

You will continue biking South on Highway 60 toward the towns of Tiểu Cần and Cầu Quan.  After passing the town of Cầu Quan, you will take a ferry to cross the Hậu Giang River.  This river is immense!  There are three ways to cross it. The first is to...swim!  We don't recommend this method for obvious safety reasons.  The second is to buy a ferry ticket.  The locals tell us there is only one ferry and it only runs two times a day.  Each round trip takes aprroximately 4 hours.  The third option is to rent a small boat to go across the river.  To expedite time, we took the third option.  The small boat we rented is narrow but wide enough to fit all our bikes.  The boat is fast; it took us approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to cross this vast river, less than haft the time it would take if we were to take the local ferry.

After crossing the Hậu Giang River, we will be on the outskirt of Sóc Trăng.  The boat will stop at Ðại Ngai commune in the Long Phú district.  Highway 60 lies near the drop off point.  You continue biking South on Highway 60 toward Sóc Trăng.  A note about this highway section is that it is under construction.  Riding on this rough road, coupled with the hot and humid weather, makes for a tiresome ride.  To prevent mishaps, it is important to remain vigilant and alert when riding on this highway.

 Sóc Trăng is a relatively large town.  There are lots of cars, mopeds and pedestrians on the streets.  The pace of life is fast and the streets tend to be noisy.  Life in Sóc Trăng is quite a contract from the quiet life in Tra Vinh.