Planning an eco-conscious and impactful holiday has never been easier. If you’re seeking adventure, sustainability, and the chance to make a positive difference, look no further than Mekong Plus’ bamboo bike tours in Vietnam’s provinces of Hâu Giang (Mekong Delta), Bình Thuân (Phan Thiết) and Ninh Thuân (Phan Rang). Embrace health and healthy living while exploring new places, rejuvenating your mind and body, and supporting community development.
Mekong Plus, a devoted organization dedicated to uplifting Vietnam’s most impoverished villages, has been transforming lives for over two decades. Founded by Bernard Kervyn, their initiatives encompass co-funding infrastructure development, education support, micro-crediting schemes, and empowering underprivileged women through their renowned Mekong Quilts social enterprise. With a strong commitment to community development, Mekong Plus has been a driving force for positive change in the region.
Discover a Sustainable Revolution – Bamboo Bicycles
In 2012, Mekong Quilts pioneered the introduction of their first bamboo bicycle, igniting a revolutionary shift towards sustainable transportation. Crafted predominantly from bamboo, these bikes boast joint connections reinforced with hemp and synthetic fibers, ensuring a naturally dampened and comfortable ride that effortlessly traverses the breathtaking landscapes of the Mekong Delta.
One of Mekong Plus’ bamboo bycicles.
These eco-friendly bicycles not only provide a unique riding experience but also actively contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions, making them the ideal choice for eco-conscious travellers seeking both adventure and environmental responsibility. So, hop on these green wheels and embark on an unforgettable journey that not only indulges your wanderlust but also aligns with your commitment to sustainable travel.
Long Mỹ, a village in Hậu Giang province, played a pivotal role in the birth of Mekong Plus. Paying tribute to this impactful village, Bernard and his team regularly organize bamboo bike tours, inviting locals, expats, and tourists to witness the transformation brought about by Mekong Plus.
A tourist crosses one of the monkey bridges in one of Mekong Plus’ projects.
Mekong Plus two to three-day tours, starting at VND2,000,000 per participant, offer a comprehensive experience beyond sightseeing. A significant portion of the participation fee funds the region’s development, supporting Mekong Plus’ various projects such as scholarships for the children, microcredits for small agricultural projects, tree planting activities, construction of small bridges connecting villages together, etc… The tours depart from Ho Chi Minh City, transporting participants to the rural district by bus.
Upon arrival in Long Mỹ, visit Ánh Dương Centre, Mekong Plus’ local partner, a social organization dedicated to helping the region’s poorest villagers improve their lives for nearly two decades. Alongside Mekong Plus, the center spearheads projects such as Mekong Quilts’ quilting and papier-mâché handicraft workshop, offering valuable insights into their transformative impact.
The big hearted Anh Duong Centre team.
Engage in sustainable agricultural projects, like eel farming and mushroom cultivation, which have greatly benefited local communities. Actively participate in local culture, such as a teeth-brushing session at Vĩnh Thuận Đông kindergarten, an endeavor that has significantly improved children’s health for over 15 years.
A group of kids about to learn how to brush their teeth properly.
Unveils a journey through the vibrant Ngã Năm floating market via boat, immersing participants in the local river life. The cycling adventure resumes after a delightful lunch, with a visit to a unique facility converting pig farming waste to biogas, promoting sustainable energy practices.
These bamboo bike tours offer more than just adventure; they symbolize hope and transformation. Over 20 staff members of Mekong Quilts were born in this very area, illustrating the profound impact of Mekong Plus’ initiatives on local lives. The tours are perfect for summer holidays and are adapted to every member of the family, making it an ideal choice for friends and family seeking a meaningful and engaging holiday experience.
Are you excited to embark on a sporty and smart holiday with Mekong Plus’ bamboo bike tours? By participating in these tours, you not only experience the thrill of cycling through the enchanting Mekong Delta but also directly contribute to meaningful social development projects, uplifting communities, and promoting sustainability.
A woman harvesting water hyacinth to produce Mekong Quilts’ water hyacinth fashion accessories.
Embrace the spirit of health and healthy living this summer and make a lasting impact on your life and the lives of those less fortunate in the Mekong Delta. Let the adventure begin, and together with Mekong Plus, become a catalyst for positive change through sustainable tourism and community development. Happy riding!
For more details on how to join the tours, feel free to contact Mekong Plus via email at email@example.com or you can also message Mekong Plus on Facebook.