Cycling Mekong Delta to Con Dao Island

Introduction

The usual to travel to Con Dao Island are by plane and boat. Travelers usually take speed boats from Vung Tau or Mekong Delta. Back to the mainland by plane after a couple of days or a week. It is so dull if there are no other adventures before or after.  Vietnam Backroads highly recommend traveling to this Island through Mekong Delta by bicycle. The authentic region has excellent cycle routes, beautiful scenery, and Khmer communities in Soc Trang province. However, it takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tran De dock, Soc Trang to Con Dao Island. Just a couple of days cycling through the mighty Mekong delta gives you a moment of your journey to Vietnam.

Tour details

Price
USD $540.00 540.00
Tour code
VBR: MBT4M - HCM - CD
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3 days
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$30
Total cycling distance
195km
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, ferry tickets in countryside
3 nights, double room/ twin room
B= 3 Breakfasts, L= 4 Lunches, D= 3 Dinners
Daily snack, cold drinks, soft drinks, facial tissues
Super Dong boat to Con Dao Island
Pick up at hotels/drop off at Ben Dam dock
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
Single supplement
Internal Flight
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
HCM – Xeo Quyt – Cao Lanh

The route from HCM to Xeo Quyt to Cao Lanh is too long to ride in one day. So an early start at 7:00 AM from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city will allow you to have more time to see the beautiful countryside. After two hours of driving by a private vehicle south of Sai Gon, you will arrive at the village of Cai Be. You’ll find the gentle ride interesting along small branches of the Mekong River. With many dirt tracks through fields of rice and small ferries help to cross network of irrigation canals of wetland enable you to share space with kids on going to school and elderly on pushbikes go/from local markets. Xeo Quyt was the heart of the Viet Cong resistance to the U.S., which lies under the canopy of a large cajuput forest. Enjoy lunch before we experience this forest by sampan boat. Then we carry on our bicycle, riding easy paths to Cao Lanh. There will be a short transfer to Cao Lanh

Sao Mai hotel
Lunch/ Breakfast
25 - 45km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Cao Lanh – Sadec - Can Tho

Cao Lanh city belongs Dong Thap province that has vast rice paddy fields. In rural and removed villages still has house-on-stilts. In the rainy season,  last of September the river level reach very high, sometimes 1.5 meters. Schools are off by the flooded season, but it is the best time for children to help families do fishing. Not only on the river but also in the rice paddy fields. Most of the houses by the river and the canals have sampan boats. We ride just one km from the hotel on a small lane to the outskirts to connect the cycle route to the rural area. Stop at mango orchards, taste some fresh fruits before we get on a ferry to Sadec. There's no better way to travel through flower villages easily and see how locals take care of the plants before we ride into the colonial town of Sadec.  You will be told about the life of Marguerite Duras who's lover was Sadec the prior 1928 to 1932. Later it comes into the movie " The Lover"—the old market by the river and the former French army base on the other side. After your lunch at the Huynh Thuy Le's house, you can walk to the old market before the afternoon's ride to Can Tho city. 

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho – Phung Hiep – Soc Trang

The famous Cai Rang floating market is in action from 6:30 to 8:30 am every day. Locals often bring their farm products to this market by boat. Locals could find sellers and buyers that they get more profit as they wish. After an early breakfast at the hotel, and check out for a boat ride takes us to a floating market. Then we leave the boat behind for a morning ride to Phung Hiep. Option with a transfer you Phung to avoid heat. It is the lovely countryside for cycling, so we take it easy as we could ride slowly and stop along with the ways for photos. There are more Khmer live here than Vietnamese and Chinese. By cycling, you can see locals using waterways as a means of transport in the area. The lovely bike routes in the afternoon are so beautiful; smooth concrete paths, windy single tracks through tiny villages, lakes, and offer you pleasure time to enjoy on your own. We also cycle across the green farmland and stop at some colorful Khmer temples before we have a break and visit Bat pagoda. 

Que Toi hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
4
Soc Trang - Tran De - Con Dao Island

The Super Dong speedboat operates daily speedboats to Con Dao Island, and all are modern- wifi, air-conditioned luxury speedboat. One in the morning departs at 8:00 am and the other at 1:00 pm. Tourists get there by air before and today by boat as well. After an early breakfast at the hotel, enjoy one-hour private vehicle driving through seaside villages to Tra De dock. Get on board at 7:45 am from Tran De Dock, and you will arrive at Ben Dam dock around 10:20 am. You can relax on sandy beaches as long as you wish! Our team spends four hours driving back to Saigon.

Breakfast
Kiwi standing on oval
Super Dong boat

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




 

 
 

Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

We were keen to spend a few days in HCMC before a few more in Con Dao. Vietnam Backroads provided the perfect way to bridge the time and distance in between. We did a four-day cycling tour from HCMC to Soc Trang. Mr Cong and Van the Man were the perfect guides, providing a well-planned trip, insightful commentary, thorough service and great care – “BRIDGE! LOW GEAR! LOW GEAR!” A Mekong Delta local, Mr Cong provided wonderful insights into the country. The ultimate organiser, Mr Van charted the perfect course and helped us to renegotiate our travel plans when our ferry trip to Con Dao was cancelled due to bad weather – even letting us hitch a ride with them back to HCMC. As we were a small group, the program was very flexible and relaxed. A constant highlight was the extraordinary food that would be prepared for us in the small villages we’d pass through – often with no warning of our arrival. The bikes were modern and well set up and maintained. Our driver Mr Nghia was never far away with an endless supply of chilled water, refresher towels and his welcoming air-conditioned van! We certainly had a great time travelling and exploring another side of Vietnam with Vietnam Backroads, and recommend them to anyone keen to experience the country at the perfect pace and perspective of a bicycle. 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 Dec, 2017

Beth Beal and …

The guide and driver were excellent and very service minded. They were very good to be flexible. The hotels and food were not that impressive. It would have been nice with a map. 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 Feb 2019

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