Back roads of Ben Tre- Tra Vinh - Can Tho

Introduction

We are the first tailor-made bicycle trip and explored all fascinating bike routes in the beautiful and peaceful countryside; Ben Tre, Tra Vinh. With three days on this trip, you can enjoy your ride with different countryside scenery each day. Bike through coconut villages on the first day, Rice paddy fields and Ethnic Khmer hamlets on the secondary, and the last day to see the floating market with a half-day exploring picturesque rural canals.

Tour details

Price
USD $205.00 205.00
Tour code
VBR: 3H - MBT - 1
Duration
Number Of cycling days
2 days + a half day
Single supplement
60.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$30
Total cycling distance
100 - 155 km
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= 2 Breakfast, L= 3 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
2 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

Cycling Mekong Delta Vietnam
Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

Our team will meet and pick you up at your hotels at 7:30 am and enjoy an hour of vehicle drives to the urban District in Tan An for your morning ride. The ride takes you along scenic paths in the morning through picturesque old villages, rice paddies, dragon fruit, and vegetable plantations. We will stop for lunch in My Tho city. In the afternoon, the ride will start in the rural village of Mo Cay. We will ride on the path through a water palm and narrow, long suspension bridge over the water channels. Enjoy fun on a small ferry with locals, and keep on pedalling shady pathways through jungle-like plantations on smaller foot paths of banana's coconuts. Have today's last ferry to Tra Vinh.

Thanh Tra hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Tieu Can - Cau Ke - Binh Minh

A morning bicycle riding allows you to get close to Khmer farmers. You bike across peaceful paddy field on concrete paths, pedal through villages with beautiful countryside, and views the surrounding area of Ethnic Khmers. It's so beautiful that you could stop for photos as much as you wish, such as beautiful temple, home of villagers. By cycling today, your guide will tell the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana branches of Buddhism. In the afternoon, we cycle on the back road through fruit orchards, vegetable fields and have a couple of ferry through natural creeks with locals finish from work and kid going back from school. Have a short transfer to Can Tho city in the afternoon.

Can Tho West hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho - Phong Dien - Binh Thuy - HCM

After breakfast at the hotel, we check out for a boat ride to Cai Rang floating market. Most locals from the rural villages are coming here by their owned sampan boats; they carry farm products to this market very early morning. All the trading activities of locals create the fantastic picturesque. Sellers and buyers are exchange goods from wholesale boats to smaller boats. Then we have half-day cycling to explore the countryside of Phong Dien and Binh Thuy villages. Visit the oldest ancient house. It is one of the mandarin landlords' houses in the 19th-century in the Mekong Delta, and this house has been designated an official national relic by the Ministry of Culture. Built in 1870, and the house structures was a blend of Asian and European culture and characteristics. The exterior was French style, but the interior was a traditional Vietnamese house. The house was a filming location of "The Lover" in 1992 based on the novel of Marguerite Duras, who love Huynh Thuy Le between 1928 to 1932 in Sadec township. Then we have lunch before a vehicle transfer back to Saigon.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 35km
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

Duration
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Note
12 people booked

Reviews

Van's three-day cycle tour of the Mekong delta was a truly memorable way to experience a must-see part of SE Asia. We took our three daughters (ages 9-12) who would not be described as avid cyclists and they all had a great time. I truly can't imagine another way to see and experience the life of the people of the Mekong. We took many breaks to enjoy some of the best (freshly picked and cut) watermelon, mango, banana, and coconut of our lives. We got to meet many friendly people and see a wide range of ways of life in the Mekong. The cycling is quite easy -- we were almost exclusively on paved pathways -- and Van was extremely attentive at every point of the way... We loved the biking trip. It was one of highlights from our time in Vietnam. Hope to see you again one day-- you certainly will be seeing some of our friends in the years ahead! 24 - 25 - 26 Mar, 2018

Joshua Coval f…

It would be good to advise customer to bring a padded cycling short (and maybe even gloves) We every happy with the high-quality bikes. Big fans of the local food and dishers. We were able to sample thanks to the expert advice of our guide Mr Dat. He really made the difference. 15 - 16 - 17 Dec, 2017

Thomas family …

We had a fabulous time and really appreciate the effort that was made to adjust our itinerary, as we were delayed 12hrs due to the volcano eruption in Bali. I have done a TripAdvisor comment and would recommend you to friends Thank you Belinda Walker July 4 - 5 - 6, 2015

Belinda Walker…

Excellent trip, The guide was great with our children, keeping them motivated and interested. We met local people, tried many tropical fruits, learned about local culture, farming, etc... It was very hot but the guide and driver were accommodating with water stop and when we decided to drive on A/C van in stead of cycle. Our only thing is that we never managed to eat all the food we were served at lunch and dinner. Perhap it would be better to have a child rate (lower rate) and provide less food at meals. We fell we wasted a lot of food. The trip was really fun and interesting. We learned about ride and coconut factories and more... Loc was great guide that stopped at places to show us fruits or people. When we did not have water, he would stop to more. The driver was nice and good. The routes were amazing. 13 - 14 - 15 April, 2015

Jean-Michel Le…

Great all around experience beyond just the cycling. We were also having a great culture experience with the Vietnamese cruise and very interesting about the way of life for the people of the country and also the country history. Our guide was amazing. Thang was very accommodating . We would always happy and having a good time. Would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. 19 -21 Jan, 2015

Fitzsimmons fa…

The tour was flexible to our preference. Lunches & dinners a bit too big but fruit was wonderful. I think advice to bring cycling parts would be good. Andrew Watson_ January 8, 2014 I enjoyed Dat's choice of snacks. I got to try lots of things I hadn't eaten before. Harry Jones_ January 8, 2014

Harry Jones & …

The trip was excellent. We enjoyed every part of it. In particular, Thang was outstanding- he was a pleasure to be around & was very knowledgeable & went at of his way to make our trip more interesting. The food was excellent & we tried so many different things thanks to Thang. The dinner was excellent. The only recommendation to avoid to the fancy restaurant in Can Tho- It was too touristy & the food was dull & not Vietnamese- our worst meal in the country so far. We felt like Kings & Queens on the trip!! Thanks so much! December 22, 2013

James Brown & …

It was very nice to meet you on the trip. Mr. Nghi just dropped us off at our hotel and we had a great time on our trip with him. Does Mr. Nghi have an email address? Thomas and I would like to write him a note of thanks and stay in touch if we can! Thanks so much 2 - 5 June, 2013

Jenny O'Connor…

My friends and I were so happy with our tour with Harry and Mr. Huong. They were so flexible at planning our tours. Harry was always willing and knowledgeable to change the tour if we were tired and change the route if we wanted to see something else. We were also a little complicated with our diet and they made every effort to accommodate us. The only thing we said that we, personally, would have done differently is we would have asked to have no dinners. After the big lunch that was always arranged, none of us felt like a sit-down meal in the evening. After our tours, when we just climbed in the van and enjoyed a cold drink while Harry and Mr. Huong dismantled the bikes, we often said that their service was worth every dollar! We are now back in Ha Noi working. We will always remember our lovely tour guides and the friendly people in the Mekong Delta fondly. Hopefully we can still fit in another tour while we live in Vietnam. Please feel free to post this on your website. 2013

Laura party from US

Thanks for your e-mail. We really enjoyed the trip! Bobby (as we called him) is a good guide and he knew where to go. Never been lost in the kampong! Your tour is really off the beaten track which we like! Good that you ask for recommendations because that will help your company. We all have cultural differences and people from Europe (like us) will appreciate other things than people from Vietnam or other Asian countries. I will list them:
- we appreciate taking backroads where no tourists are (this is all done by your company)
- we like the flexibility in distances on a day
- bikes are ok
- plenty of drinks available
- Bobby is an honest guide and he calculated costs of diner etc very well!
some advices from our side (do not take it personal)
- drinking sugar cane is very good, but we prefer to drink it in the Kampong green instead of a busy street or a big empty restaurant
- we value the authentic living style of the Vietnamese so we therefore like to sleep in the Kampong; e.g. home stay
- we think you can make a lot of money by opening a small guest house at a nice spot in the Kampong. Just explore 5 to 10 rooms. Simple western breakfast (no buffet) with baguette, egg, orange juice, jam, butter and some yoghurt, make sure that it is clean. It can be very simple and keep the idilic spots of having hammocks, table and chair outside, just like the other people live. There aren't many hotels and the available hotels are more business style hotels which we don't like. They are too big, have no atmosphere and they are not in nature and the kampong....
- we prefer having lunch and dinner in small eateries, not in the big very empty restaurants offered in the tour. Let the tourists eat where the locals eat in the kampong with a nice view over the rice fields or palm plantations. make sure food is hygienic and it can be Vietnamese and simple. Do not offer complete chickens as they are too 'rough' for us.
Thanks again Van and we will recommend your organization to our friends. 18 -19 - 20 Mar 2012

Maaike party f…

Hi Van, We loved the route - it was lovely to be on quiet back roads away from the traffic, and the scenery was amazing. The scenery was also very varied which made it so interesting, from rural villages to sunny rice paddies, shaded coconut plantations, and villages along the river - it was all just quite fascinating to see, and we really felt we were seeing a very different side of Vietnam from that which you see from a vehicle on the road. Our guide Thai was excellent. That's all I can think of for now, thanks again for arranging our trip - we have great memories (and photos)! 14 June 2011

Emma Partridge…

Many thanks for your email. We very much enjoyed the trip - and will certainly contact you if we plan another trip to Vietnam! I'm back in Europe now, missing Vietnamese weather, food and cycling! 12 - 15 May 2013
Best regards, Pieter

Rory & Guri O'…

We both thoroughly enjoyed our three day cycling trip around the backroads of the Mekong Delta. From the start, everyone was friendly and happy to talk to us (through our guide, Hai, as an interpreter). A farmer climbed a tree to give us a pomelo to taste, we were given dragon fruit straight from the plant, we ate fresh watermelon and sugar cane juice and were served coconut water from coconuts cut straight from the palm tree. It was these everyday things that interested us and Hai was very knowledgeable and happy to answer all our questions.

Our route was along paths and back roads and for most of the three days we never saw another tourist. We visited temples, pagodas, a floating market and crossed the delta many times on small ferries. The bikes were good and Hai was happy to make any small adjustments as required.

We were pleased we chose the homestay options (as opposed to hotels). The people were welcoming and the food was delicious. 18 - 19 - 20 November 2019

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