Chau Doc border town - Ho Chi Minh

Introduction

If you are starting your cycling vacation in Indochina and start your trip in Cambodia! Chau Doc is a small border town where you will meet our team one day before your bike trip starting. Our biking guide will lead you to ride on countryside road, through farmland, across branches of Mekong Rivers by ferries, visit historical sites, floating market, and flower villages before to Ho Chi Minh city.

Tour details

Price
USD $750.00 750.00
Tour code
VBR: MBT5K – CD - HCM
Duration
Number Of cycling days
5 days
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$50
Total cycling distance
300km
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 MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
B= 4 Breakfasts, L= 5 Lunches, D= 3 Dinners
4 nights: double room/ twin room
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
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
Visa to Vietnam
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Chau Doc – Cho Moi - Cao Lanh

Our team will pick up at hotels in Chau Doc then we spend more than an hour motorboat learning how to raise catfish in a floating village and the life of locals living on their small boats as their home. Then you will have easy and relaxing cycling along the meandering banks of the Mekong River, from village to village on quiet cycling paths where you could see farmers growing vegetables, water rice plants, and fishing on natural creeks. We will ride past an impressive architectural monastery on the islet of Gieng. It was the first colonist building when the French came to Indochina. Then we continue pedal past many stilt-houses along with villages until we reach to ferry boat. The rest of today is to enjoy your easy ride on smooth concrete paths by Mekong River; Stopping at some local markets and mango orchards, and get on a private vehicle to the hotel for check-in

Sao Mai hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
2
Cao Lanh - Sadsec - Can Tho

Dong Thap is particularly famous for its natural scenery, with several bird grounds. The most noteworthy is the breeding ground of red-headed cranes, which are very rare in the world. The best way to meet locals on back roads and explore people's lives on the lowest Mekong Delta land is bicycle riding. After your breakfast, we check out and start biking after a 10-minute drive by vehicle. Your guide leads a nice bike path through villages along rivers, canals; through mango orchards, passing many family workshops producing rice powder and rice husking mills. There are some opportunities to discover the natural rural countryside and locals living along country back roads. Stop for lunch at the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le in Sadec town, the central character in Marguerite Duras's autobiographical novel, 'L'Amant'. It considers a highlight Site in the city of Sadec. After lunch, we leave Sadec for Can Tho city. We cycle on paths through scenic countryside, tiny villages, stop at rice powder mills and past sweet potato fields, and ride across a network of natural creeks before we get on a private vehicle for a transfer to Can Tho city.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho - Phung Hiep - Soc Trang

The highlights that must be visiting today are the real floating market of Cai Rang and Bat pagoda in the afternoon. After your breakfast at the hotel, we do check out. Upload your luggage on a vehicle and enjoy a boat riding to the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, which is about 6km from the city center of Can Tho.  After watching this floating market by boat, we will transfer by vehicle about 40 minutes to Phung Hiep' countryside, where today's ride begins. We will wander through the lush green villages and lakes through irrigation systems by bicycle. This cycling allows us to move further to the community of Khmer. Ride past sees grocery boats yelling for advertising, small wooden boats taking rice from villages to towns, kids playing in the school compound at school break. Most Khmer here lives mainly on farming and free-range duck raising. The bike routes in the morning are shady and open air in the afternoon. Open-air concrete paths lead you through the fantastic countryside to ride at your own pace and take time to capture photos. We end up today’ ride at the famous Khmer pagoda. Go to the hotel by vehicle for check-in.

Que Toi hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Soc Trang - Dai Ngai - Tieu Can - Tra Vinh

Tra Vinh is the town you stay in tonight. It is not far from Soc Trang city but crossing the Mekong River by two ferry boats taking so long. Your guide arranges the best way to save your time for cycling. After a 30 minute transfer by vehicle to the outskirt of Soc Trang town. In the morning, we ride through the Island of Dung- (Cu Lao Dung). Enjoy a ferry ride with locals to Dung Island where we meet friendly people at their homes. Ride through sugar cane farms, betel nut gardens, banana plantations, fish farms, and shrimp farms along the river. After we explore this Island by bike, we will have another big ferry take us to Cau Quan Dist, the rural Dist of Tra Vinh. After we enjoy big lunch in Cau Quan, We carry on our adventure cycling on country back roads to Tra Vinh via Tieu Can. You‘ll have an opportunity to have a photo taken with farmers. See lifestyles of Khmer, Chinese, and Vietnam. We continue our adventure cycling on an easy, beautiful track, deeply into some of the most beautiful villages. Most income of people here is from farming and chicken, ducks, fish rising. If time permitted, your guide will figure out and the ride may continue but should get on van/bus before dark

Thanh Tra hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Tra Vinh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh

You will have a half-day ride in the morning and a transfer to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon. You’ll have a pleasure to ride on shady rural back roads through coconut, passing many local workshops to produce coconut jelly and fiber. There are some stops at local home-made so that you could see how to make local products! And you also can make chit-chat with friendly people. Without your guide’s translation! You could think of ways to make it more pleasant or funny by using body language. Your biking adventure will end up at high way before your lunch is served in My Tho city before you take a nap on van/bus to HCM. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 40km
Flat- easy/ moderate

More Info

Road Condition

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, has complicated rural path network systems, well-developed and maintenance by governments. The region comprises 12 provinces: Long An, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, An Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau, along with the Mekong Delta Capital of Can Tho. All country back roads are asphalt, concrete paths connecting villages to villages as it's a rural transports. The rest are dirt tracks, so do not worry about exploring the Mekong Delta by bicycle, even you are a beginner. Depending on each province's regions, lowlands, or jungles, and rural villages, our hand-picked routes are the best for your biking trips. Mekong Bike Tours


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 remote 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 weather in Mekong Delta has two distinct seasons. Rainy season from May to last November, and the dry season from May to last April. The weather will be more relaxed from November to February.  In general, the preferred travel time is from August to April in both the dry and wet seasons. It  will be more humid, a little bit hot from May to July, and farmers start to make rice crops this time of the year.  Travellers can take bicycle tours in the wettest months from the last of May to August because the rains usually come in short, heavy showers, mainly in the afternoon, and only lasts for an hour, then 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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