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It was really well organised - route taking us through different landscapes and settings was great
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I would strongly state that our fantastic experience came about through our excellent guide Dat. This attention to hygiene was brilliant
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See Mekong Delta with Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours
All in all a brilliant trip and we hope to come back and do Laos at some time with Vietnam Backroads
Everything was very well organized and our guide took us to parts of the country that we would never have seen otherwise
For a most terrific tour everything was wonderful - your staff, the tour itself, the price, the way everything runs so smoothly
Welcome to Tropical South Eastern Asia! Cycling is the best way for you to explore the mysteious places. And Vietnam Backroads is so proud to lead you to fascinating villages or floating markets to know more about Mekong area both in Vietnam and Cambodia.
|Tour code||VBA: 10B-SGN-REP||Bike hire||
concrete paths, back roads
|Days of cycling||
6 full days - other 2 half days
Mi: 02 - Max: 12
in Siem Reap
480 - 550 km
|Ages to ride||
From 14 years old
|Tour Inclusive of||Tour Exclusive of|
- Transport by A/C mini van, minibus
- Personal travel insurance
|Services for daily cycling|
Day 01: Sai Gon - Cai Be (L/D) (25 - 45 km)
Depart from hotels at 8:00 am, an hour and half transfer you to rural Dist of My Tho. After adjusting saddles of bike, we ride on concrete path through lush green of tropical orchards, villages, local markets. After lunch, we enjoy easy cycling on country roads along small rivers to homestay
Day 02: Cai Be - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh (B/L/D) (30 - 75 km)
After breakfast, we start to bike a few km on back roads of An Binh Island before we turn off on dirty track. Pedal along Mekong River, through rambutan gardens to Cai Mon via Cho Lanh. In the afternoon, we will explore daily life of local through water palm trees, cooconut gardens in Ben Tre before we cross Mekong River with locals on ferry to Tra Vinh
Day 03: Tra Vinh - Can Tho (B/L/) (30 - 80 km)
Tra Vinh is one of province in Mekong Delta have a big population of Khmer. Most Khmers are good in cultivating, farming and still keep their own ways of living. The homeland of Khmer is the most amazing landscapes and its cycle routes which you can bike on to as getting close to friendly peasants and traditional villages of Khmer people. Today you will have a beautiful ride, cycle past the farmlands and stopping at some hamlets on your way to Cau Ke for lunch. In the afternoon, continue your ride onward to Can Tho.
Day 04: Can Tho - Long Xuyen (B/L/D) (90 Km)
The first thing to know in Can Tho is the real floating market and you really need to see the market in action. After a boat ride to this market, we will explore various waterways that criss-cross the countrysides of Phong Dien, O-Mon and Thoi Lai. In this afernoon, continue biking through removed villages and stopping at Bang Lang stork garden before biking to Long Xuyen city.
Day 05: Long Xuyen - Chau Doc (B/L/D) (90 km)
Today, we ride to explore huge farmlands which were abandoned before 1975. Since 1980, Mekong farmers have moved and settled in this land. Witness first-hand how big the rice bowl of Vietnam is. Have a coffee break at a little village by canals. After lunch, we continue cycling to Ba Chuc village. Then ride back roads, pat Tra Su forest and end up your last cycling in Mekong Delta in Chau Doc.
Day 06: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh by high speed boat (B/L/) (no cycling)
Leave Vietnam for Cambodia by boat. It takes 4 hours to get to Phnom Penh. Get on board at 7:30 am and you will be at the dock in Phnom Penh around 12:00 am. A transfer takes you to hotels for check in. Free to explore city by your own.
Day 07: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B/L/) (30 km)
A transfer to countrryside of Kampong Thom for a beautiful ride through villages, rice fields, and share the country roads with locals going to work. Then transfer to Siem Reap in late aftenoon.
Day 08: Siem Reap-Banteay Srei-Siem Reap (B/L/) (64 km)
Cycle through lush jungles to Banteay Srei Temple, the citadel of Women, with superbly intricate reliefs of male and female divinities. Visit the land mine museum on your way back to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 09: See the Angkor complex by bicycle (B/L/) (35 km)
Spend a whole day discovering Angkor Wat by bike, including Angkor Temple, Bayon Temple, and Angkor Thom.
Day 10: Siem Reap Departure (B)
Spend an hour enjoying sunrise at Angkor Wat, then drive back to the hotel for breakfast. Relax on your own free time until we transfer to airport. End of tour.
|Stay in 2 - 3 star hotels||Stay in 3 - 4 star hotels|
|Stay in 2 - 3 star hotels||Stay in 3 - 4 star hotels|
- Cai Be : home-stay
- Cai Be : Mekong Lodge
Hello Vietnam Backroads,
We are both back home and into our normal work routines - our two weeks holiday flew by.
The whole trip was very enjoyable, well organised and we would certainly recommend it. The two parts (Vietnam & Cambodia) were very different with the Mekong Delta providing the most rewarding part of the trip for me. The Cambodia part had some challenges but overall was still good.
In Vietnam, Dat was a superb guide and riding with him was a great experience. He was enthusiastic and made a special effort to explain to us what we were looking at, helped us to engage with the local people and also found us a huge selection of fruit and snacks to try. I felt that he genuinely wanted to give us the best tour that he could and to show us as much as he could. He balanced his time between Tamar and us well and kept us all happy.
The hotels were all OK – the Chau Doc Hotel was spectacular and (for us) it would have been good to have arrived a little earlier so that we could use the swimming pool and facilities.
The only part of the Vietnam tour that we didn’t enjoy was the visit to the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields memorial. It is a painful and difficult topic and I understand why it was included but the town and the van ride to Ba Chuc was rather depressing and I would rather have spent the time doing another activity in the area. There is a much better memorial and museum just outside Phnom Penh and I suggest including this as part of the Cambodian trip instead.
In Cambodia, our guide Chek was very focused on leading us from place to place – sometimes at a faster pace than we really wanted (I have a lot less photos from this part of the trip !). He was always polite but we both got the impression that he was less interested in showing us Cambodia and more interested in getting the kilometres completed. The van driver (Jon) seemed a lot more fun but unfortunately only had very limited English. There were still great moments such as the picnic under the sugar palms and the (unplanned?) visit to a pottery village at Kampong Chhang which were both real highlights.
The boat trip across Tonle Sap was cancelled which apparently happens every dry season. We therefore had to spend 7 hours in the van driving the route instead – this was not a very good day and I strongly suggest that this part of the Cambodian trip is revisited during the dry season. After we found out that there was no boat trip we suggested that we could visit a floating village from Siem Reap. Chek checked with his office and arranged the trip but I am sure with a little more advance planning we could have had an even better day and visited some more out of the way places.
Siem Reap is more of a tourist super highway than a back road so the end of the trip was very different to the start. The temples at Angkor are superb and Siem Reap has a very lively ‘backpacker’ nightlife which was good fun and it was a good way to finish.
On a more serious note, Chek unfortunately had an accident towards the end of our first day in Siem Reap and had to have 6 stitches in his knee so he could not ride. I am very pleased to say that we saw him again on the last day and he was making a good recovery.
The loss of our guide was handled very professionally. Chek found an alternate guide (Chouy) who was very good and made our next day visiting the temples very enjoyable - even if he was a bit shaky and slow on his bike at times.
Our hotels in Cambodia were all fine without being great.
I hope that this feedback is useful and feel free to ask for more details.
We both hope that we can find a way to come back visit you all again soon. April 2, 2014
Nick and Jonathan
We had a most memorable time with Vietnam Backroads, we would do it again and certain would recommend your company to others. Here a few things we enjoyed as well as some other feedback.
Hotels were great and trip organization was fantastic - this allowed us to focus more on the vacation/site-seeing aspect of the adventure Guides and drivers - wonderful people. The bikes in Cambodia were more comfortable than the bikes we used in Vietnam. Food was excellent but at times too much - we hate to waste food and we felt because of the large portions, we were wasting some of it. The guides in Cambodia would stop and educate us along the way about the culture, people, history, etc. The same thing occurred in Vietnam but not as much. Day to Day flexibility was perfect allowing us to ride at our own pace. We would have liked to stop at some of the smaller markets in remote towns, we missed some of those opportunities. Overall, the experience was excellent, we would love to do it again someday.
Take care Van!
Hi Van, We had a most memorable time with Vietnam Backroads, we would do it again and certain would recommend your company to others. Here a few things we enjoyed as well as some other feedback. Hotels were great and trip organization was fantastic - this allowed us to focus more on the vacation/site-seeing aspect of the adventure Guides and drivers - wonderful people. The bikes in Cambodia were more comfortable than the bikes we used in Vietnam. Food was excellent but at times too much - we hate to waste food and we felt because of the large portions, we were wasting some of it. The guides in Cambodia would stop and educate us along the way about the culture, people, history, etc. The same thing occurred in Vietnam but not as much. Day to Day flexibility was perfect allowing us to ride at our own pace. We would have liked to stop at some of the smaller markets in remote towns, we missed some of those opportunities. Overall, the experience was excellent, we would love to do it again someday. Take care Van!
We arrived back home yesterday. Had a great time on our trip! Thank you for leaving the cycling jersey's for us at our hotel room in Chau Doc, we really appreciated those.
We left our feedback form with Thai for the Vietnam portion of the trip. Overall we really enjoyed our experience. Both guides were great. Thai was extremely professional, educational and accommodating while we were there. Our guide in Cambodia, Po Leak, was maybe not as professional as Thai but was very informative, friendly, and helpful as well. The one thing that would have made the trip even better is if we were provided some kind of detailed map to follow along with where we came from and went every day that had descriptions about our destinations. I had a little trouble remembered where we were and where we were going each day because we went so many places in such a short time.
Otherwise the trip was great and we will definitely recommend it to our friends. We also plan to write a review for you on Trip Adviser at some point in the next week or so to help promote Vietnam Backroads. 28 Nov 2011
It was good to be able to get on the bus to skip a section of the day's ride when it was very hot or an uninteresting bit along the tar road.
The back roads through villages and countryside were excellent, very interesting. The guides were all terrific, also the drivers.
Vietnam Backroads did a great job returning our luggage that was lost by Malaysian Airlines.
Colin & Joanne Burke,
November 10, 2013
Overall your arrangment is very good. The back up, the food, the accommodation are all superb. And most of all the guide provided is excellent. He speak very good English, very knowlegeable, very easy to get along and very diplomatic.
Great job, we definitely like to recommend to my friends. 21st - 30th April 2013.
I took a rest when I choose Vietnam Backroads for myself and my team, but its the best from the internet. It turn out more than I expected and your guide Mr Thang is very professional and very knowlegeable. There is not a boring moment with him around. He made us feel very comfortable and we enjoyed our ride very much. The numerous coffee break is good and dinner is excellent.
On behalf of my team, I would say "Big thank you" to Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. 21st - 30th April 2013