Ride to discover the Kingdom of pottery & brick kilns - Mang Thit, Vinh Long

Introduction

This cycle tour will take you away from the crowded city through the ornamental countryside, old villages of pottery and brick, flower villages of Sadec and Xeo Quyt forest. The countryside's best-known leisure cycling route, so you can cycle just as much as you wish to. You will have a chance to explore the famous pottery villages in Mang Thit, rural District of Ving Long, which exists more than 100 years. Travelers and locals could find various famous red pottery along nature creeks, canals, and Mekong Rivers. Each pottery is a family business and mostly runs by locals who live and work in the beautiful countryside of Mang Thit and Long Ho Districts.

Tour details

Price
USD $205.00 205.00
Tour code
VBR - 3H - MTB - 4
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3
Single supplement
40.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
included
Total cycling distance
135km
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
2 nights, double room/ twin room
B= 2 Breakfasts, L= 3 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
Cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
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

Full Itinerary

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Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Cho Lach

Cho Lach, Ben Tre is home to ornamentals, bonsai, and a nursery of plants and fruit orchards. There is no land of rice paddy field at all. The fertile soils and natural lands are suited to other plants than water rice plants. It is the place you stay a night at, and this township is not a destination for tourists.
To begin this journey to Mekong Delta with a transfer you to Ben Luc Dist. It takes about 1.hour and 15 minutes to get to Ben Luc from the city center of Saigon. Turn right after the Vam Co River, where the first day's ride starts. The countryside trails through Ben Luc, Binh Tam, Binh Lang, Vinh Cong, and Hoa Tinh - all the way to Vinh Trang pagoda in My Tho were trails, dirt track, very bumpy, muddy paths, and many of them closed to traffic before 2012. They are different after years of rural development by the government. These routes amongst beautiful countryside and rural villages allow you to ride a bicycle intensely into villages. Locals are very pleased with all concrete paths and asphalt country back roads because kids can go to school by push bikes without the help of their parents and people has more opportunities to do business and do agriculture farming conveniently. No better way to enjoy the lovely countryside by bike in the area! It is the best way for tourists who love seeing the country and meeting locals in rural areas. Enjoy your ride across rice paddy fields, cross a river on ferries, and stopping at colorful Buddhist temples. Enjoy the views that look onto farmlands, watermelon, dragon plantations, and pleasant villages. Enjoy lunch before a visit to Vinh Trang pagoda in My Tho. Then you will have a transfer to Cho Lach to check in the homestay. Spend the rest time in the swimming pool. Dine with your host at the farm stay.

Homestay Gite Nam Hien Mekong
Lunch / Dinner
20 - 45km
Flat - mixed dirt track & concrete paths
Day
2
Cho Lach - Mang Thit - Vinh Long - Sadec

After your breakfast at homestay, have some photos taken with your host before loading your luggage on the support vehicle. Then we start cycling from homestay to the market of Cho Lach. Ride passes nursery, bonsai plants. From the market, you can see the old colonial bridge over the canal. It's the canal French built to connect the Mekong River to the Saigon River for water transport. Then we continue cycling to Co Chien River to have a ferry to Mang Thit, Vinh Long. Here we are in the Red Kingdom of Vinh Long, Mekong Delta's Vietnam.
Pottery and bricks making in villages of Mang Thit and Long Ho districts of Vinh Long province, Mekong Delta's Vietnam is a cottage industry for over a hundred years, and it still exists and develops to these days. People still use the old techniques to make a wide variety of pottery and bricks. In the past, locals made yin and yang tiles, but many mills abandoned them because yin and yang ties are not famous for years. Most of the mills, kilns, and factories by the Mekong River, its branches, and canals because water is the main transportation in the past and current days. There are more than thousands of households in districts of Mang Thit and Long Ho now working in the production of brick and pottery. 
Coming here to admire the techniques of making a wide variety of clay products you are not only be welcoming but also have an opportunity to see every corner of villages. Explore the traditional pottery villages which over a hundred years. Most of the products are handmade for Vietnam's and overseas markets.
Ride a bicycle on the country road, visit some special and unique old kilns, and see how people make various beautiful pottery in clay. This morning's ride is about 25km, with many stops at the oldest kilns and mills, including a ferry crossing Co Chien River. That is enough for this morning. We get on van/minibus for a transfer to Vinh Long town. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant by Co Chien River. After lunch, our van/minibus will take us to Cai Tau for the afternoon ride. It a pleasant ride, so we take it easy on paths, through small villages along the country road and river branches and creeks. We get on a support vehicle in the outskirt of Sadec town. Do check in the hotel and dine in town in the evening.   

LIFE House Sadec
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Flat - mixed dirt track & concrete paths
Day
3
Sadec - Flower villages - Xeo Quyt forest - Saigon

For the locals as Vietnamese, Sadec is famous for flowers of rose and bonsai plants, and it’s always colorful and stunning in the Mekong Delta and more and more when the Lunar New Year is coming. Sadec got to know and attracted overseas tourists since 1984 when the Duras's 1984 Prix Goncourt-winning novel was published. Marguerite Duras lived in Sa Đec during the three- to four years between 1928 and 1932. Her mother ran a school on the corner of Hung Vuong and Ho Xuan Huong, where a school still exists today. Duras met Huynh Thuy Le, the son of a wealthy Chinese family, and the two became involved in love. The house is located by the river and near the market. We will visit this house, and the local guide will tell you about the loved story of Marguerite Duras before we start our last day ride to villages of flower and Xeo Quyt forest. Enjoy riding on small paths along the Mekong River to the home of flower which not far from Sadec. Spend time to wander through villages and experience to way to grow plants of the flower. Then we take a ferry to the other side of Upper River and continue cycling to Xeo Quyt forest. It was an Army base of Viet Cong before 1975. You will have sampan boat rowed into natural creeks pass some thatch houses and bunkers of Viet Cong. Then have lunch at the restaurant nearby before returning to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon.

Breakfast/ Lunch
20 - 35km
Flat - mixed dirt track & concrete 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 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

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Note
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Photos

A morning ride in countryside of Long An
Monkey bridge still somewhere in the delta
Visit the family of locals in Sadec
Sadec town is the only town stills owned numerous colonial villas in Mekong Delta
Pick up water hyacinth to feed farm raised ducks, chickens and bigs
Sampan rowed boat at Xeo Quyt forest
Sampan rowed boat at Xeo Quyt forest
A ferry boat in countryside of Sadec