Our guide and driver will pick up you at your hotels in Saigon in the morning and transfers you for 2 ½ hours to rural vilage of Cay Lay Dist where you start to rock and roll by bike. Have a ferry boat crossing to small Island, your guide will lead you ride on small trails along river, and travel country roads through fruit orchards until you catch another ferry to another Island. After you explore these island by bike your lunch is waiting for you at ancient house in Cai Be. In the afternoon, enjoy easy ride through An Binh Island. You will have many stops to experience local workshop and the way local make their living in Dong Phu and Dong Phu village before the last ferry of today bring you to Vinh Long city. Then a 30 minute private vehicle transfer takes you to Can Tho in late afternoon.
We start early in the morning for a boat ride to lively floating market and you can watch farmers exchanging farm products from boat to boat at market of Cai Rang. Then we will carry on our cycling adventure with a long day bicycling to Long Xuyen. Explore undiscovered countryside, pedal past bucolic settlements of networks of irrigation canal, we ride to Thai Lai then to Co Do. After lunch, we cycle along man-made canals and green rice paddies on wonderfully quiet track to Thot Not town. There will be a stop Bang Lang stork garden. The rest of the day is relax your legs on private vehicle to Chau Doc border town.
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel, then we check out for a boat trip through floating village; stop at one of the cash fish farm and visit Cham Muslim village. Cham people is an ethnic group of Austronesian origin in Southeast Asia. After a boat trip, your morning ride will start on trails to Tra Su nature reserve forest. It is also a bird sanctuary. This immense 800,000-hectare forest is home to an astounding number of wading birds. These wetlands attracted a great variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks. Then we continue cycling gentle hilly country back road through Khmer villages; ride pass thatch houses, palm tree, mango gardens and tapioca farmland. There is a transfer to Ha Tien in late afternoon.
Ha Tien is small border town and it is not far from Phu Quoc Island. Travelers love to stay a few days on sandy beaches of Phi Quoc and continue traveling to Cambodia by s short boder cross. After your breakfast at the hotel, a well-arranged transfer by Vietnam Backroads takes you to the boat station of Supdong. Boarding at 7:30 am for speed boat about 1 hour and 15 minutes to Bai Vong dock. Daily boat to Phu Quoc schedule has 2. One is in the morning at 8:00 and the afternoon boat leaves at 1:30. You can select which one suit you best. Phu Quoc is one of Vietnam’s star attractions, mountainous and forest Phu Quoc is a splendid tropical getaway set with beautiful white-sand beaches and quaint fishing villages. You can stay on beach as long as you wish. Our guide and driver will be back to Saigon with the emptied minivan. End of service!
Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on a variety of roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. There are four Ethnic groups of people ling in Mekong Delta of Vietnam. They are Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. According to locations, provinces lowland, jungles and Islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, hictorical sites/relics, countryside villages and removed hamlets and sandy beaches create sceneries, landcapes and offer plenty of opportunities for cyclists to see people lives and enjoy beautiful countryside and different cultures of locals. However, Mekong Delta River has thousand branches; natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are so important in countryside and riders have no choice!
We tailor make unique bike trips depend on the specific route and terrain of your tour. Vietnam Backroads is first cycle tour operator exlore and build up many adventure trips to Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Rach Gia, Vi Thanh, Cao Lanh and Sadec...and removed villages. Our top cycle tour operator and also the path finder is Mr Van nick named "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously researched, investigated and scouted out and mapped out before hand by Mr Van the man. All of our guides are well trained in bike maintenance and navigation and know all routes as they are on their hands. All bike guides can tailor make a custom route which is suitable to your wish; cycling ability and skills.
You do not have to ride the exact kilometer which are indicated on the tour itineraries. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose some longest distance that more than 80km per day if a full day ride. You could spend more time on cycling if you think the biking distance is too short !, or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time to take photos, to stop at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.
The temperatures in the Mekong delta are all year round about 25-28°C with only slight variations. The climate of the Mekong River Basin ranges from temperate to tropical. In the Upper Mekong Basin, some of the taller peaks of the Tibetan Plateau are glaciated. In fact, much of this part of the Basin is snow-covered in winter. Melting snow from the Tibetan Plateau feeds the Mekong River’s dry-season flow, especially in the middle reaches. In the relatively lower elevations of the Yunnan province of China, the climate of the Mekong River Basin changes and the temperature gradually increases.
- The dry season is from October to last of April. Farmers make 3 crops of rice per year so travelers not only meet them at their home but also seeing them working on farmlands. Especially, dry season is closed to Vietnamese Lunar New Year and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. Weather is nice, low temperature and cooler than other season.
- The wet season is called flooded season or the monsoon season. It is the time of year when most of a region's average annual rainfall occurs. Sea level is higher than as usual by heavy rains from upstream countries; Tibetan- China, Laos , Thailand and Cambodia. Provinces in southwest of Mekong Delta have yearly flooded but not so long. Its from last of August to early of Nov. Its the best way to see Mekong Delta on back roads by bicycle.
In general, the preferred travel time is the dry season. But even during the rainy season from May to October is also really good time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mostly in the afternoon and only lasts for an hour or so. Only a few days a year the temperature is below 20°C. It usually takes around one hour then gone and sunshine turns back to normal.
Private Support Vehicles
2 to 4 riders in a group
There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on A/C 16 seater van.Two people seat on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seat will be fold up so all bikes will be uploaded here.
A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people
There will be 2 vehicles to support riders on entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, ice box to keep cold drinks....
A large group tour: 8 to 14 people
One minibus to take up all riders including luggage & suitcases and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks and snacks...Ice box
A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people
We provide 2 minibuses and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.
Mountain Bike wheel size 27.5 with hydraulic brake: S = 15", M = 17", L = 19", XL = 21".
- Each bike has a handlebar bag
1 - Good quality and lightweight Giant MTB 27.5" frames
2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , good choice for off riding
3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding
4 - Deore Shimano Group set
5 - Hydraulic disc brake
6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes
7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes
8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both off road riding and touring long trips
9 - Good soft grips
10 - FSA sealed bearing headset
11 - Massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings
12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van's team.