Biking Mekong Delta -Caibe homestay

Introduction

This fantastic bicycle trip includes a night at a real home-stay on An Binh Island where you’ll get to experience some good ol’ Vietnamese hospitality. Cai Be is a small Dist but its owned numerous home-stays with different locations. We will spend the first night in a real home-stay on An Binh Island. The second day you’ll get to experience the iconic coconut plantations and beautiful villages of Ben Tre. The following days are ride pass orchards, bonsai nurseries, Theravada temples – the action just keeps on coming as this stunning and exciting part of Vietnam unfolds to deliver up some of its charm. We’ll drop in to some Khmer villages on our way to Can Tho City, and also get to witness the colorful floating market of Cai Rang on our way back to Saigon.

Tour details

Price
USD $560.00 560.00
Tour code
VBR: 4H - MBT - 1
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3 days + a half day
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
35km
Bike Hire
US$40
Total cycling distance
220km
Destination
Ages to ride
8 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= 3 Breakfasts, L= 4 Lunches, D= 3 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
3 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

Biking Mekong Delta cycle routes
Day
1
Saigon - CaiBe - Home-stay

This is a feature bike trip to the Mekong Delta, and you will experience a night at a local home. You will immerse yourself in the family culture and how the family arrange everything during your stay. Tasty meals cooked with firewood without modern kitchen cabinets. Join the family to cook your dinner and taste how delicious the meal you cooked!

You will be picked up at 7:30 am for a vehicle transfer to the outskirts of My Tho by the Mekong River. We take a ferry to the islands to experience as many of these beautiful islands which locals travel on for daily work. Take your ride easy through islands, bike alongside the Mekong River, enjoy beautiful landscapes, see a typical farmer working in farmland. 
Do remember! There is no bridge linking island to island, but it is the opportunity you enjoy yourself and have fun. We reach Cai Be township around 12.00. Enjoy delicious local dishes at a well-known local restaurant After lunch, and we take a boat trip along the scenic waterways. Visit some workshops, board a sampan, and paddle a beautiful creek through Tan Phong Island before boarding a motorboat cross the large Mekong River to Dong Phu. It's a man-made canal to make a short route through the island, so it very busy with types of smaller boats and larger boats moving from two directions.  Welcome by your host and check in the homestay.

Home-stay
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 40km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Cai Be – Cho Lach – Mo Cay – Tra Vinh

On the second day, we start our ride from home-stay. We ride on a quiet back road through Binh Hoa Phuoc village, stop at some ancient houses, and belonged to the landlords before 1975. we ride past kindergarten and primary schools before we follow the dirt track through rambutan orchards and explore villages on countryside paths at your leisure with your biking guide to Cho Lach. Lunch in the local home in Cai Mon. We continue the journey of cycling in Ben Tre where we a vehicle transfer after lunch. This is a unique ride because the scenery is entirely different from the other days on the trip. The countryside landscapes are so beautiful that you cannot ride fast at all. Enjoy the ride through a network of concrete paths wide enough about 2 meters through water palm, coconut plantation, tiny concrete houses and irrigation system along the way to ferry station where we end up today’s ride. Have a short transfer to a hotel in the city.

Thanh Tra hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Tra Vinh – Cau Ke – Binh Minh – Can Tho

Tra Vinh is a small town, and it is not a destination for tourists travelling by bus. So it is tranquil at night after 8:30 pm everything seems to be closed and almost sleep. The province is considered the homeland of Khmer. There are numerous Khmer temples not only in the city but also in the rural districts. A special cycle day allows you to learn about cultures, history and explore deeply to traditional villages of Khmer. Stop and visit some thatch houses, experience the ways of Khmer lives and visit some colourful temples on your way to Cau Ke township. After we have lunch in town, a fantastic bicycling begins after just half an hour of vehicle transfer to Tra On. We continue the afternoon ride with a ferry crossing to Island. Explore beautiful countryside villages across two islands, pedal along canals, rivers, fruit orchards and rice paddy fields. We get on a support vehicle before 5:00 pm for a short transfer to Can Tho to check in the hotel.

Can Tho West hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
4
Can Tho - Cai Rang floating market - Saigon

On the last day of the tour, board a motorboat to see the lively floating market. There are many wholesale boats hung type of products they want to sell to smaller boats. Smaller boats are local dealers that come to buy from wholesale boats and sell them back to land markets or locally. Locals come every morning to buy and sell just about anything you can imagine – freshly harvested fruit and vegetables, noodle soup, broken rice, and coffee can be offered here.  Another little sampan with the long-tailed engine that are grocery boats and floating houses around you. After a wander around the market on land, we’ll disembark from the boat and hit the path to explore some of the hidden charms of the Phong Dien countryside (prepare to be amazed again!) We will have lunch before driving back to Ho Chi Minh. Tour Ends!

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


Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

Just returned from 4 days cycling on the Mekong Delta with Mr Van. Above expectations. The guide was great fun, and looked after us. He knew of all the little paths and tracks with less traffic on them. We were plied with food, water, and the accommodation was good. Mr Van showed us the different plants and trees that were growing, and he constantly bought us fruit to try. The pace was easy but we cycled through an amazing variation of countrysides. Thanks guys for a great experience. 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 April, 2018

Antony from England

Just returned from 4 days cycling on the Mekong Delta with Mr Van. Above expectations. The guide was great fun, and looked after us. He knew of all the little paths and tracks with less traffic on them. We were plied with food, water, and the accommodation was good. Mr Van showed us the different plants and trees that were growing, and he constantly bought us fruit to try. The pace was easy but we cycled thru an amazing variation of countryside. Thanks guys for a great experience. 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 April, 2018

Garry Oliver p…

The roads were fine, the distances were right for us, we would come again another year, and the hotels were all good. The only surprise was the evening meal in Can Tho as we felt we could have had better food from a street stall. That is a very small point on a very good holiday indeed. Please pass on our thanks to Phuc Tran who was an excellent guide and who we would recommend to others, as we would with Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. Softer saddles next time please! Many thanks for organising this for us - it was great. 27 - 28 Feb to 01 - 02 Mar, 2018

Best wishes Gr…

My girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to take a 3-night, 4 day tour of the Mekong Delta with Vietnam Backroads and had an amazing time. From our first initial enquiry to the moment we were dropped back at our hotel, we were dealt with promptly and professionally. During our trip we cycled from village to village along the Mekong Delta, getting a taste of local provincial life, eating great food and meeting some amazing people along the way. During this trip we experienced a number of different sides of this region, such the fruit growing areas (stopping off to meet the farmers while they worked and sample their goods), the scenic rice fields of the Khmer people and finally the canal districts. Our guide Thang, was an absolute machine, taking care of all meals, providing cycling coaching when needed and by simply making things happen (including when a usual river taxi was unavailable, he arranged for a local coconut farmer into taking us across the river in his stocked coconut boat – which was pretty unique experience). Thang was full of information and always keen to educate us on the Vietnamese way of life and give us every opportunity to experience it – a genuinely great guy and a pleasure to spend our time with. This trip was an absolutely amazing experience – from the incredible scenery each day, the opportunity to experience culture and also experience number of things we thought we never would have (such as buying fruit and coffee from local sellers in the floating markets, watching the sunset from the top of a Mekong river taxi, and eating some pretty exotic food) to the countless kids running out of their village houses to shout and wave “hello” and wave as we rode past – truly unforgettable I can’t recommend Vietnam Backroads highly enough – for my girlfriend and I this was a very different and unique way to see Vietnam, and experience its culture from the very heart of it. We had an amazing time! Thanks Ms. Hue & Thang for an incredible experience. Shaun Hutcheson. December 9, 2013

Shaun Hutcheso…

Thang is the best guide- very patient, knowledgeable and awesome. The bikes & routes are great. We've learned so many things about Vietnam. We've also done so many firsts ( boat rides , our bikes, eating rice mice, etc). Such an amazing tour. We'll definitely recommend it to friends. We had a wonderful time. December 4th, 2013

Karen Rigoroso…

If you have a sense of adventure than I would not hesitate to combine interests of sight-seeing with cycling on and off roads. The trip was made more memorable by the knowledgeable guide and friendships formed along the way. I would recommend the tours highly and plan to do another before I head back home. Thanks, goes out to Anh Thang, Anh Van, and Michael guys. Tri Pham party from Australia.

Tri Pham party…

Hi Vietnam Backroads Team, I wanted to send a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our Mekong Bike Tour. It exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Thang, was excellent. He really made us feel like we were a local. His knowledge and love for Vietnam is apparent, and he shared so much information with us. This was more than a bike trip, it was a cultural trip though the Mekong Delta that happened to be on bikes. Thang quickly found out that we love food and he made sure we tried everything. We have never had such good food on a trip! Thang also arranged stops along the way to learn about Temples, coconut farming, brick making, rice paper production, coconut palm leaf roofs, water hyacinth weaving and so much more. Our driver, Mr. Thao, was also very good. He was prompt and helpful. Thank you so much! 2013

Kris Prescott …

This is his second trip Home-stay was not as I would have hoped unless there is no other option I would have preferred another hotel. Another excellent tour. Will be back for another Ms Katie: I have enjoyed every minute and have been very impressed with all the staff. From when i booked, I always had very quick responses to my emails. Our guide, Nghi was very knowledgeable and did everything. He could make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Thanks you very much! Our driver was excellent too! Mr Luke: Very enjoyable tour, well organized and got to see lots of things we would not otherwise have seen on our trip. 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 Sep 2013

Katie Mccready…

This 4 day cycle tour of the Mekong Delta, with my wife and two teenage daughters, was absolutely sensational. In addition to taking us completely off the normal tourist track, it enabled us to experience the true friendliness and way of life of the local people. However, this could not have been achieved without the support and professionalism of our fantastic guide, Tang - Articulate, informative, good-humoured and practical. Overall, I would not hesitate in recommending this Company's trips to anyone. 18 - 21 July 2013

Graham Wood fa…

Ms Katie:
I have enjoyed every minute and have been very impressed with all the staff. From when i booked, I always had very quick responses to my emails. Our guide, Nghi was very knowledgeable and did everything. He could make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Thanks you very much! Our driver was excellent too!

Mr Luke:
Very enjoyable tour, well organized and got to see lots of things we would not otherwise have seen on our trip. 20 -21-22-23 Step 2013

Katie and Luke…
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