We decided that we did not want to got on a day trip with the hordes, so elected to have a private excursion cycling through the mekong delta. We were picked up from our hotel in a very comfortable minibus by our driver and guide and set off for the delta. The bus trip went quickly with lots of info offered by our guide about life in Vietnam, and pointing out interesting things about the culture on our journey. Once we arrived at May Tho, we hopped on our bikes (good quality geared bikes) and set off flat, easy cycling roads which were often only pathways, through coconut groves, rice paddies around small villages. Our guide grew up in the delta, so was full of local information and was happy to take things at our pace. We were never rushed.
We transferred to a boat to punt up the mekong to a local "restaurant" were a family prepared a delicious meal. It was a beautiful setting and extraordinarily quite.
After lunch we had a "nanna nap" on a hammock before hopping back on our bikes for our return to Ben Tre. We visited the markets there where our guide showed and offered us exotic fruits (yummy). We also saw some not so yummy produce, but it was a great experience.
All in all, we had a great day, had some amazing experiences and enjoyed the company of our guide (Benny??? - sorry!)