Meandering the Mekong Delta 7 days

Introduction

For seven action-packed days of exploring Vietnam's Mekong Delta by bicycle with Vietnam Backroads, you'll discover non-touristy sites and many exciting places where Westerners are rarely be seen. Ride as far as the coast of the Mekong Delta and also the mountains along the Cambodian border. Meet friendly people, experience the ways locals earning a living, enjoy beautiful landscapes, explore traditional villages, jungle and ride on good quality bikes of Saigon Bike Shop

Tour details

Price
USD $1015.00 1015.00
Tour code
VBR: 7H - MBT
Duration
Number Of cycling days
7 days
Single supplement
210.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$70
Total cycling distance
420km
Destination
Ages to ride
14 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= 6 Breakfasts, L= 7 Lunches, D= 6 Dinners
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
6 nights, double room/ twin room
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver

Full Itinerary

Mekong Delta route- Saigon- Tra Vinh- Bac Lieu- Rach Gia- Chau Doc- Cao Lanh- Can Tho
Day
1
Saigon - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

We depart from Saigon in the morning with a vehicle transfer to the gateway of the delta, Tan An. It's about 45km, and it takes about an hour's drive. It's a fantastic time to see the rural bicycle when the weather still cool as it gives us the day at leisure. Pedal along the narrow village roads with lush green views of rice paddies and fruit orchards. Lunch in My Tho city before a vehicle transfer to Mo Cay District to hit the path in the afternoon. You will then jump back to the bike, ride past amazing villages amongst coconut, water palm, and cross water channels in the rural area.  We will have a vehicle transfer to Tra Vinh city after crossing Co Chien River.

Thanh Tra hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu

Tra Vinh and Soc Trang are home to Ethnic Khmers. Your guide will lead you to ride, enjoy scenic landscapes, and learn about the cultural features of the Khmer Empire. Enjoy early breakfast, do check the hotel. We start our cycling adventure after 10 minutes transfer from the hotel. The weather is fantastic in the morning, with smooth concrete paths through rural hamlets, ride across the green rice paddy field, and stop visiting the beautiful Khmer temples.  We make some stop at the local coffee shop, taste fresh fruits and local snacks. Once we have more energy, we keep on pedalling to Cau Quan rural District, ride past thatch house hamlets on winding paths. Lunch in the small town of Cau Quan before we cross Mekong River through Dung Islet to Dai Ngai. We have a vehicle transfer to Ba Lieu in the late afternoon.

Saigon Bac Lieu
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
3
Bac Lieu - Nga Nam floating market - Rach Gia

After breakfast, do check out the hotel for a 20-minute vehicle transfer to the beautiful countryside for a unique bicycle countryside biking.  During the morning travel to the rural area of Bac Lieu, we will stop for tea and iced coffee when we visit hamlets. Ride on the flat, scenic paths, passing green farmland, emerald rice fields en route to Nga Nam township. Nga Nam (five different waterways meet each other) is very famous for its floating market because it's natural with small sampan boats.  This market opens every day and the whole day as well. Of course, it's more crowded in the morning, but still busy at noontime when we reach there. You will have a sampan boat paddled through it slowly past waterfront villages before a lunch meal in town. We will have an hour and a half vehicle transfer to Ben Nhut to enjoy an hour and half pleasant ride to Minh Luong to avoid the heat. Pedal along natural branches full of water hyacinth, small fishing village, and finally have transfer to Rach Gia city

Hoa Binh Rach Gia resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
45km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
4
Rach Gia - Tri Ton - Tra Su forest - Chau Doc

After your breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a 30-minute vehicle transfer to Soc Xoai to discover the lowland of Kien Giang. We pedal on path, single track across villages and wild grass fields, cajuput forest, pedaling along the river as you racing with local cargo boats. Then we follow a single trail along the eucalyptus field to the mountain near Tri Ton. We will make some tops at Chines pagodas and family workshops on the ways. Visit Ba Chuc Killing Field before we continue onwards on undulating back roads to Tra Su forest. It is about 800,000-hectare forest is home to an astounding number of wading birds. The rainy season is the best time of breeding. You will have sampan boat paddled, and the motorboat rode long, narrow channels through the gnarled and green sunken forest. Relax on A/C vehicle driving to Chau Doc.

Sam Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
45km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Chau Doc - Cho Moi - Cao Lanh

Enjoy an hour motorized boat to catfish farms and floating villages before you discover the lowland of Dong Thap province by bicycle. You will mingle with children on pushbikes on rural roads,  passing nice houses on stilts. Stop at Muslim villages, experience their lifestyle in Mekong Delta. We will arrive in Cho Moi for lunch.  We ride to the Monastery in the afternoon, which was built 120 years ago by the French. The first monastery complex establishes in 1874 in Indochina. Then we will explore Gieng Islet; enjoy cycling on smooth country back roads, stopping at local markets, fruit garden before we get on a small ferry to Cao rural Dist of Cao Lanh. From here, we will have a cycle leisurely through the countryside by the Mekong River, passing mango orchards sometime. Today’s ride will end up at urban Dist before transferring to Cao Lanh city

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
6
Cao Lanh - Sadec - Can Tho

Cao Lanh is a new town after 1975, and there were many camps and bases of Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. Yearly flooded season happened from late September to early November, so Water occupied farmlands as the rice paddy fields looked like lakes. Sadec is an old town and built by the French, and it becomes known to tourists since the movie "The Lover" had published. Marguerite Duras's love story when she fell in love with a local man before 1932. You can see the difference between new and old. The drowsy former capital of Dong Thap province, Sadec is a comparatively peaceful city of tree-lined streets and fading colonial villas. Your guide will lead you cycling a beautiful route through flowery villages, flower plantations, and lunch at the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le. In this afternoon, a cycling adventure through the countryside will bring you up close and personal with friendly local people, their unique culture, and beautiful villages to Can Tho.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
7
Can Tho - Vinh Long - Saigon

The highlight site you are going to see is the colorful Cai Rang floating market in action. There are plenty of wooden boats from neighboring provinces coming here to do business, while locals from villages nearby coming to market by small boat to buy and sell all different farm products. It’s the best time for locals to come here to do business; people try to bargain over the price to do purchasing from boat to boat. It’s straightforward to recognize what kinds of products to be sold on their wholesale boats. We will have a vehicle transfer us to Binh Minh’ countryside to enjoy a half-day ride to Vinh Long. Stop at a nice restaurant for lunch on the way driving back to Ho Chi Minh.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
Flat - easy/ moderate

More Info

Road Condition

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, has rural path network systems, and they had very well-developed by governments. All country back roads are asphalt, concrete paths connecting villages to villages as it's a vast network. The rest are dirt tracks, so do not worry about exploring the Mekong Delta by bicycle, even you are a beginner. Depending on the regions, lowlands, or jungles, and rural villages of each province, our hand-picked routes are the best for your biking trips


Flexible route - The most important key to you

You do not have to ride the exact kilometer distance as it's showing on daily biking of each itinerary. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose some longest distance that more than 80km per day if a whole day ride. You could spend more time cycling if you think the biking distance is too short! Or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time taking photos, stopping at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.


Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on various roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads, and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. There are four Ethnic groups of people lying in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. They are Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. Each province has its own characteristics, economy and local style of living and culture and history. However, the Mekong Delta River has a thousand branches, natural creeks, and canals that small ferry boats are so important in the countryside, and riders have no choice!


Bike routes

We tailor-make unique bike trips depend on the specific route and terrain of your tour. Vietnam Backroads is the first cycle tour operator to explore 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 the pathfinder are Mr Van, nicknamed "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously well-scouted, investigated, scouted out, and mapped out beforehand 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 a custom route suitable to your wish, cycling ability, and skills. 


 

Weather

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. 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 the last of April. Farmers make three rice crops per year, so travelers meet them at their homes and see them working on farmlands. Significantly, the dry season is closed to the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. The weather is nice, low temperature and more relaxed than other seasons.

  • The wet season is called the 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 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. It's from last of August to early of Nov. That is 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 a perfect time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mainly in the afternoon, and only lasts for an hour. 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.

Vehicles

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 the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.

A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people

There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on




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...Iceboxes



A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people

We provide two vans and one minibus, 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.

 

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours

MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm

Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size

27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.

27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 

1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 

2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano 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 on road and off-road riding

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team



2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon

Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills

1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame

2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes

8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team


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Reviews

Meandering the Mekong Delta by bike 7D/6N We touched the living in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. It was a pleasure to take part on this trip. Unbelievable Trip! We saw so much more than we expected. We immersed ourselves in the Mekong Delta with its people, culture, foods and fruits. We did not know what to expect in the beginning and were amazed about the tour. Our bike guide and driver went above and beyond for us. Thank you for that. We really enjoyed ourselves! Its wonderful how much and how many different things we saw and experienced during this trip. 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 Nov, 2017

Mirja Mattern …

Dat is an excellent ambassador for the country of Vietnam and the Backdoads tour company. His knowledge of the plants and crops was great and he allowed us to stop and see, smell wherever possible. He expertly guided us through local cuisine and balanced the need of a picky vegetarian very well. I would say that some days the mileage did seem in the afternoon, about making up the distance so if might be worth offering same option will difference distance. On the cultural side Dat was very patent answering our questions and then looking for examples to show us when he saw them, this really makes us feel appreciated. 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 -13 Nov, 2017

Caroline Harni…

Dat was an excellent guide, giving interesting information about what we saw as we cycled. I think he was able to judge the fitness of our group and get thee daily distances about right. His choices of meal stops were good and he was keen to ensure we had enough to eat, taking into account the mixed preferences of our group( two meat eaters and two non meat eaters). The bikes were of good quality! 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 Nov, 2017

Sarah Noman pa…

Meandering the Mekong Delta by bike 7D/6N Hi Mr Van, Just want to thank you, Hue, A. Trung, and Chu Hoang for a memorable biking experience. It was truly a special reason for me to tour the Mekong Delta. I have been posting my journey on Face Book so my friends & family could follow me on my journey. Please share this link with Mr Trung and driver, Mr Hoang. I will be in Saigon until Tuesday morning so feel free to call A Minh's cell phone if you wish to contact me while I'm still here. I hope to find myself back in Vietnam again soon so I can go on another biking adventure. Saigon - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu - Ca Mau - Rach Gia - Chau Doc - Saigon 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 -9 - 10 July 2012

Linh party fro…

'Van the Man' has provided us yet another superb bike tour for the second time for my group of 11 people this time. What can I say? I was so impressed with his service back in 2016 and I came back with a bigger group this time and Mr Van, once again excelled in all areas of accommodation, food, places visited (fruit plantations; flower gardens; brick factories; fish farm etc), those 'Giant' mountain bikes, continuous water supply, fresh fruit for morning and afternoon teas and last but not least were our excellent guides Mr Dat & Mr Loc. Mr Dat and Mr Loc were superb during our tour. Their attentiveness, professionalism; friendliness and knowledge of the area were second to none. We rode the back roads of Mekong Delta for 7 days where we saw and experience the real people and how they live in the Mekong Delta areas where it is still untouched by tourists. Children were always happy to see us pass their houses and their schools and always greeted us with 'hellos' and big smiles on their beautiful faces. It is highly recommended for those who would love to see the real Vietnam, its people, their way of lives, their culture and of course the fruit plantations in the delta. Go with 'Van the Man' the founder of Vietnam Backroads. It is owned and operated by a locally cycling company that provides a very unique experience to see the real Viet Nam. Once again, on behalf of my group, I would like to 'thank you' Mr Van for providing us with an unforgettable experience riding Meandering Mekong Delta with your Vietnam Backroads Company!!!!! Our thanks also go to Mr Loc and Mr Dat. 'Never say never again. 20 - 26 Feb, 2017

Swie Lan party…

Recently returned home from 7/day Vietnam backroads bike tour (march 2017 ) of the Mekong river delta area .Did not know what to expect and was blown away by the biking experience , scenery , challengers , and plentiful food and fruit . Our tour guides Dat and Loc offered great company , knowledge of the area , experience , joviality and lots of care . It was great to get out of the city and bike through the backroads and view the rice paddies , vegetable and fruit plantations , the mighty Mekong River and in general how the Vietnamese people live and produce to survive .Our tour started in Ho Chi Mihn city , travelled southwards & visited cities Tra Vinh , Pach gia , Chau Doc , Cao Lanh , Vihn Long and finally back to Ho Chi Mihn city . Our tour group of eleven people thoroughly enjoyed this unique holiday . I fully recommend this tour and company for a great experience . Well done Mr Van and staff . 20 -26 Feb, 2017

John Novak fro…

Hello Van,

Our ride is now over and we take with us many great memories and lots of photos! Your staff Phuc Le and Loc were a terrific team. Phuc is extremely knowledgeable and communicative. I did mention a few small things to you this afternoon, and others may come to us in the next few days, while we are still in Saigon. If one thing stands out as missing, it was that we didn't receive Vietnam Back roads jerseys. We would've been proud advertisement's for your business back in Melbourne where we ride weekly with different groups...was that an oversight or should we have ordered them with the tour?

I wish you continued success with your business and will definitely consider other rides in the future. 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 12 December 2019

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David and Alis…

Just completed 7 day bike ride led by Phuc and van driver Loc. Mountain bikes were excellent as was the organisation of hotels, transport and meals.

The Mekong Delta is such a productive area on each day’s ride we saw something different as we meandered on our bikes through the villages on the backroads.

Phuc Le, our leader was a fountain of knowledge on not only the fruit and vegetables being grown in the delta but also on the history of Vietnam.

The guided bike trip exceeded all expectations and I would highly recommend it and Vietnam Backroads. 15 - 21 December 2020

Alison from Au…

I can highly recommend this company. Very professional from the moment we booked, always answering our questions promptly. We had a brilliant guide Tha who was such fun and very professional. We did a 7 day cycle tour around the Mekong delta which took us as far as the coast and also the Cambodian border. Each day was different from the last and took us through beautiful vegetation and scenery. I really feel we got a good insight in to the real Vietnam. The hotels we stayed in ranged from basic to luxury, depending on the area we were in. Plenty of opportunities to try the food and local snacks. Cycling ranges from 2 hours to 6 hours a day, depending on itinerary. A well organised trip. 06 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 January 2020

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Cycling jersey of Vietnam Backroads and Saigon Bike Shop
Enjoy the fresh pineapple that picked up from garden
Gentle bike trails from Rach Gia to Chau Doc
husband and wife are looking after raised ducks
back home after a hard working day on their own farmland
Grey sedgesa are use for making sleeping mates