The best Mekong Delta Bike Tour

Introduction

Vietnam's Mekong Delta has more than 40,000 square kilometers of fertile soil and plenty of freshwaters. Mekong Delta is a grand ecology. The rivers and their myriad tributaries are the basis of daily subsistence and a vital means of transportation – essentially acting as country roads. Viewing the river delta and its biological diversity while cycling along the riverside on back roads is a beautiful and unique way to explore and experience the heart and soul of this region. Throughout four days trip, we will visit a. Very night stay at major cities; Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Cao Lanh, and every day we will travel on unique routes, through charming villages that show local life.

Tour details

Price
USD $735.00 735.00
Tour code
VBR: 5H - MBT - 2
Duration
Number Of cycling days
5 days
Single supplement
140.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
included
Total cycling distance
255km
Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
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= 4 Breakfasts, L= 5 Lunches, D= 4 Dinners
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
4 nights, double room/ twin room
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
Bicycle mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Saigon - Tra Vinh

Commence your trip with 1. hour travel on the road to Long An, the gateway to Mekong Delta. You cycle into family farms, enjoy the most beautiful scenic countryside, ride on varied terrains, concrete, dirt lance through lush vegetation, and discover the authentic local life along the hamlets. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant locally in My Tho. 


Mo Cay rural areas you ride to explore in the afternoon. The rural Districts offers peaceful landscapes, amazing gravel roads, and dirt paths weaving rural farms and villages. You will wander through hamlets, across the water channels by small ferry boats, and ride on several narrow bridges without rails. The final ferry takes you to the other side of Co Chien River to Tra Vinh.

Cuu Long/ Nha Khach Tinh Uy
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - rural paths
Day
2
Tra Vinh – Tieu Can - Cau Ke - Can Tho

After leisurely breakfast, you will transfer 15 minutes to the rural Khmer ethnic, to experience the life of local and culture. You cycle into the homes of Ethnic Khmer, ride across vast rice paddy fields, and cross the countless small bridges through agricultural canals. Enjoy biking the open gravel and smooth lances with plenty of things to see along the way, and stop to visit some families and colorful temples.


The ethnic Khmer are well rice cultivators and doing a lot of farm-raised ducks in free-range. Many thatched houses and houses built with local materials amongst farmlands create fantastic rural landscapes. Khmer temples are also the second home and the schools. Besides studying at school, schoolboys and girls also join classes to learn more about Buddhism doctrine and other courses at Khmer temples. Most people here still keep their traditional living style. Have lunch at a local restaurant small town.


In the afternoon, you continue adventurous cycling, passing tropical fruit orchards, relaxing on ferry crossing rivers, exploring islands, and mingling with kids on the pushbike from schools. You end today's ride rural village in Binh Minh town and transfer to hotel in Can Tho city.

TTC Premium Can Tho
Breafast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - rural paths
Day
3
Can Tho – Long Xuyen - Chau Doc

Can Tho City is known as the Capital City of Vietnam's Mekong Delta and is famous for its Cai Rang floating market. It's one of the most top tourist attractions in the Delta region. Why's it is? Simply because it's a real one.


After breakfast, enjoy a motorized boat trip to the bustling floating market and enjoy watching the waterway's local morning activities. Your boat will get through and around the market slowly. There are many wooden boats of different sizes. Bigger boats are wholesalers and anchored, while smaller boats move around and look for trading partners. The other tiny sampans sell light breakfasts; noodle soups, broken rice with porks, coffee, and soft drinks. The floating market opens all day, but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9 am. The primary items for trading are farm products and other commodities. The items for sales are hung up on a pole of bigger boats as for advertising. 


Following the market, you will get off the boat and explore another busy land market before the beautiful ride to Chau Doc. It's a long way from Can Tho to Chau Doc, so our adventure day will divide today's ride into 2 sections. 


The morning is 30 km on shady paths, sharing space with local mopeds and pushbikes, passing numerous villages, and explore backwaters of rural Dists. The routes in My Khanh, and Binh Thuy are the dirt lances, concrete paths through lush orchards, lush farms of many kinds of fruits, and enjoy visiting Chinese pagoda, experiencing the daily life of locals along the river banks. Visit one of the most beautiful mandarin landlords' houses in the 19th-century in the Mekong Delta. This house had recognized as an official national relic by the Ministry of Culture. Built-in 1870, the house structure is a blend of Asian and European culture and characteristics. The exterior was French style, and the interior was a traditional Vietnamese house—lunch en route before 2. hours transfer to Chau Phu.


From Chau Phu, we 20 km cycle through vast rice paddy fields, tiny hamlets, and colourful Vietnamese pagodas with a giant buddha statue,  continue pedalling along man-made canals, pass thatched shelters, palm trees, and raised farms. It's good timing to enjoy cycling and viewing the verdant countryside and views the Sam mountain scenery. The afternoon's ride ends at Sam Mountain and transfers on a winding road to Victoria Sam Lodge. Enjoy the sunset by swimming pool and looking over the Cambodia border.

Victoria Sam Lodge resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50 km
Flat - rural paths
Day
4
Chau Doc – My Luong - Cao Lanh

Enjoy the sunrise, taste tea, coffee, look over the endless rice paddies, and Cambodian borderline from Sam Mountain. After a hearty breakfast, you will transfer to Chau Doc town, and it takes about 15 minutes to drive. Take a short boat trip to a floating village, experience the local life whose tiny houses are on the river,  and see how wealthy people raise catfish. The floating fish farms were built with good quality waterproof and durable materials as big houses while floating homes are tiny on top of sampans. 


After the boat, you cycle through the Muslim villages, past Muslim wooden stilts houses, stop at a busy village market, follow the small path to the lush green verdant farmland, and have a ferry crossing Bassac River. Break for a coffee stop at a lively market and continue to explore a lowland in Dong Thap. The areas have yearly flooded in the wet season. Houses on stilts had been used in this land for a long time. Most are not solid stilt houses because locals built with local materials and proof usually change after 2 to 3 years. 


We will have lunch in Cho Moi, following lunch with 30 minutes transfer to My Luong township, to continue your adventure to Cao Lanh. The weather is much more relaxed and your leisurely ride more enjoyable. Take some photos of the Monastery complex before the ride takes you through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered Gieng island and its rustic villages. Take today's last ferry to a rural town, keep on cycling to Cao Lanh. 

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 55 km
Flat - rural paths
Day
5
Cao Lanh – Xeo Quyt - HCM

You ride narrow lances from the hotel to get out of the town, past many brick factories along rivers, cross water channels on the little wooden bridges, and ride on a dirt track along the Mekong River. Stop to visit a small workshop weaving dried water hyacinths to make hats, handbags, bins and indoor sandals and so on. This is a chance you can buy some directly from the locals instead of paying high prices in Ho Chi Minh. 


Enjoy watching green vegetation fields, passing mudfish farm, and mango orchard along the way. Break for a coffee in small towns, then carry on biking on country back roads, through the town takes concrete paths across the farmland and agricultural canals to Xeo Quyt forest. Enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant in the forest. Following lunch, to explore Viet Cong base and  Xeo Quyt forest.


The forest is a vast swamp and full of tall cajeput trees. The tree has a white spongy bark that easily flakes off the trunk, and locals love to use these for fires. Viet Cong built its base inside the forest in 1960 with bunkers, meeting rooms, command headquarter, etc. Xeo Quyt is an ecological site and offers rowed sampan to visit historical relics, admire the scenery, and learn about the touch life in Vietnam War. Enjoy a sampan boat row by Viet Cong, stop at some Viet Cong bunkers, walking to communist leaders', learn about the Vietnam War and wildlife of the forest. Finally, you will transfer to Saigon in the late afternoon. Tour Ends!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 30km
Flat - rural paths

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 is to your trip

You do not have to ride the exact kilometer distance as it's showing on the daily biking of each itinerary. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose the 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. However, the Mekong Delta River network has natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are such essential ways of travelling in the countryside, and riders have no choice!


Cycling 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. Our guides are licensed, 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 and levels of cycling skills.


How were the backup vehicles support cyclists on the trip?

Most routes are small, narrow, just wide enough for two bicycles OR mopeds. There are vehicles to support riders on the entire trip (van/minibus to take up all cyclists and truck to carry all bikes and spare bikes), but they are too big to drive on, follow riders along through the countryside. Do remember! All support vehicles are permanently closed and not far from the group. Where are the support vehicles during the trip? Depends on routes, vehicles sometimes move along the high roads, second highways, or country roads as close to riders as possible. If one of the riders wants to relax on A/C vehicle, the tour leaders will find the shortest route that leads he/she to the support vehicles that are always on standby. That is very easy and also the way Vietnam Backroads organized. 

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

Dear Miss Hue, we want to thank your team at Vietnam Backroads, for a most enjoyable tour in April. Our guide "Buppy" (hope our spelling is right) was really great and our driver Duc. Everything was really good. Thank you for returning our money from the Duxton hotel. We will certainly recommend Vietnam Backroads as a great company to bike with. Maybe we will do another Backroads tour next year Thank you again Diane , David and Brendan 06 - 10 April 2013

Brendan Fagan …

Very good routes, good mix of urban/village area, poor/rich and farming villages.Good activities (crocodile, fish farms, boat rides, markets and floating market) The food on the set menu by the restaurants was very good (restaurant where guide chose menu, less good. Prefer if he translate Vietnamese into English menu, then we choose(even if this means price increase) Bike excellent packing up of tour very good, professional services eg. Baggage handling. Junior guide Dat has very good English - shows great promise 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 Sep 2013

Sarah Byrne pa…

Very good tour. Would recommend some tuition on riding over bridge + road awareness a bit especially for novice riders. I would never have done this on my own so very happy I did. December 27, 2013

Paul Millard p…

Thang was an excellent guide! Fun accommodating, very considerate and hospitable. We had a great time exploring the Mekong Delta and learning a bit about the region. December 27, 2013

Sahar Banijama…

Hi Mekong Bike Tours, Recommend cycling early in the morning- the heat is very bad in the middle of the day. Frozen water in bottles might be good to help with the heat. Hotels should serve espresso coffee I love the backroads. Wow, much better than I expected Highlights: - Excellent guide, so friendly, so helpful - Smiling, cheerful, happy driver - Great bikes - Viet Cong boat trip, crocodile farm - Scenery is superb .......Sarah Thornton from Australia ------------------------ Best tour ever. Dat is excellent and we were looked after perfectly We also love the drive hugely. He was very good Dat is the best guide I have seen I love the tour Thank you so much Dean Thornton from New Zealand ------------------ Great bicycle tour and our guide was excellent Ashley and Lynn Lindon from Australia. 2014

Ashley and Lyn…

Dear guys, I wanted to thank you for arranging the most wonderful bike trip for me and my son, Ian. It was exactly what we had hoped for - beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful people, manageable biking and the best guide ever. It was a very meaningful trip for us, for many reasons, all enhanced by Dat’s wise and spiritual guidance. We were not ready for the trip to end. Thank you also for helping us arrange transportation to the Wild Gibbon Tour, which was quite an adventure. 2014 Many thanks, Judy

Judith Lee Kot…

I have the backroads. Wom, much better than I expected. Best tour ever- Dat is excellent and we were looked after perfectly. Dat is the best guide I have seen Recommend cycling early in the morning- the heat is very bad in the middle of the day. Frozen water in bottlles might be good to help with the heat. Hotels should serve espresso coffee. Highlights: - excellent guide, so friendly, so helpful - smiling, cheerful, happy driver - great bikes - Viet Cong boat trip, crocodile farm - scenery is superb - amazing routes Note: in Australia everyone say "do not eat the fish from the Mekong Delta" They are concerned that the waterways are not clear and contain human waste. Perhaps you could check this and if the fish are ok, then explain to tourists that no one has got sick. Fish is ok etc. One of four of us got sick this tour- that is not too bad. Maybe the fish is ok! April 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 -23, 2014

Sarah Thornton…

Dat is a fantastic guide. He is friendly and knowledgeable. Driver is safe. The route taken is good with a variety of scenery. The bikes are good quality and easy to ride. The hotels in Tra Vinh and Cao Lanh have hard beds but overall the hotels are good. A very enjoyable trip overall. 10 - 11 -12 -13 - 14 Jan, 2017

Gautam Rao fro…

This was an amazing experience. The booking process was great with Van replying promptly to all emails. This company is very professionally run. Our tour guide Viet was very knowledgeable and showed us some amazing places that we were not aware of. This was not just a cycling tour but also a wonderful insight into the lives of the Vietnamese people. The amount of cycling each day is optional so if you are tired you can rest in the air conditioned van. I would recommend the upgrade accommodation as some of the hotels exceeded our expectation. Loc our driver ensured we had plenty of water and always greeted us with a smile. The food was plentiful and loved eating with local families. The village people were so friendly and greeted us everywhere with hello hello My husband and I are fit 60 year olds and would recommend this tour company. We are hoping to come back again another time to cycle Cambodia. Thanks Van, Viet, and Loc. 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 18 Mar, 2018

Mr/Mrs Irwin f…

, I wanted to thank you for arranging the most wonderful bike trip for me and my son, Ian. It was exactly what we had hoped for - beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful people, manageable biking and the best guide ever. It was a very meaningful trip for us, for many reasons, all enhanced by Dat’s wise and spiritual guidance. We were not ready for the trip to end. Thank you also for helping us arrange transportation to the Wild Gibbon Tour, which was quite an adventure. 2014

Judy Judith Le…

We loved our cycling tour with Dat! Traveling through the small village on charming roads with a kind, knowledgeable guide was a dream. Dat pointed out and kinds of local foods. He was very open and willing to answer all our questions. The ride distance each day was defect, made even better by the fruits / rest stops. Our only suggestion would be to make dinner at the hotels optional. Often those meals were stuffy and not delicious. We really love eating fantastic Vietnamese food with Dat. At night, it would be fun to try to find other small restaurant in the city on our own instead of in a tourist spot. 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 December 2018

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