Mekong Delta Countryside Discovery

Tour details

Price
USD $690.00 690.00
Tour code
VBR: 5H - MBT - 1
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days + a half day
Single supplement
120.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$50
Total cycling distance
295km
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= 4 Breakfasts, L= 5 Lunches, D= 4 Dinners
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
4 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

cycle trip Saigon - Tra Vinh - Can Tho - Long Xuyen - Chau oc
Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - Tan An - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

Today allows us to adventure touring down into the Mekong Delta for seven days. This is an exceptional opportunity for you to explore the fertile wetland between the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. After you are met and picked up at your accommodation, we have an hour vehicle transfer to the gateway of Mekong Delta, Long An. From here, we begin cycling through an interesting landscape of rice fields, green orchards, and countryside villages.  The first 30km of today's ride are on concrete paths where vehicle support can't follow, after delicious lunch at local home-made. We will enjoy coffee and nap on the hammock to have more energy for the after countryside by bike. We take this easy ride to explore the rural district of Mo, Cay, Ben Tre, where coconut industries produce coconut oils, coconut jelly, and coconut fiber. There will be many tops so that you could learn the way family makes it. Take a ferry with locals crossing the Mekong River to Tra Vinh.

Nha Khach Tra Vinh
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Tieu Can - Cau Ke - Can Tho

The scenery along countryside paths through many tranquil villages and the Khmer community is the beautiful rural villages. StoppWe will stop at many  Khmer houses that build with local materials similar to the thatch houses. Taste fresh fruits and local snacks at a small market before our lunch in the small town of Cau Ke. Then leisurely afternoon bicycle ride on a small track along by Mekong River. by cycling the afternoon, you can see the whole family enjoy swimming on the river. The elderly are washing their clothes by the river. Taste some fresh grapefruit at local orchards before we have a ferry ride to Binh Minh. A short transfer to Can Tho city to check in the hotel. 

TTC Hotel Premium - Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho - Thoi Lai - Thot Not - Long Xuyen

After your breakfast, we took a 30-minute boat trip to visit Can Tho's floating market. This is a large wholesale floating market with many boats advertise their produce by hanging it from poles high above the boat. Each boat has one type or more products on offer, pineapple, watermelons,  sweet potatoes, and many kinds of farm products. Locals with smaller boats come to the wholesaler boats to bargain and buy the products, then sell them back on land markets. Another sampan boat steering around to sell noodle soup, coffee, bread, and lottery tickets. Before this morning ride, we visit the land market of An Binh where local women come to buy things to prepare all meals for their families. We continue the adventures on narrow paths and wooden bridges through tiny villages and an incredible agricultural system to Co Do via Thoi Lai. We will have lunch at a small restaurant, but it's the best in town before we pedal on the back road to Not Not where we will stop at the Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary before a vehicle transfer us to Long Xuyen city to check in the hotel.

Dong Xuyen hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Long Xuyen - Tra Su - Chau Doc

Long Xuyen is where we stay tonight. It is the biggest in Mekong Delta, although Can Tho is the Mekong's capital. It is knowns as the smuggling city, and it has a long borderline to Cambodia and the main Mekong River transport waterways connecting. The province's countryside has had been well developed, so the network of rural roads has a perfect path surface like concrete and asphalt. Your bike adventure ride will be easy and more than a pleasure. The fourth day’s ride is more challenging than the three days before. Your ride today takes you far away from the city. Ride deeper into hamlets, study growing rice, and the work of agriculture, irrigation system. The way of local living we see today is more characteristic than the places you have seen in the past day. You will ride past local factories making bricks, rice husking mills and will stop at the small market by canals to see locals. Enjoy coffee, seasonal fruits, and a cold drink before we ride to Vinh Binh to have lunch. As the morning ride is around 35km, it is suitable for the morning. There will be a vehicle transfer after lunch, and it takes about an hour only. The afternoon ride will be more exciting, and it begins at Ba Chu village. Then we continue cycling on the gentle back roads and through small towns, mountain hills before arrive at Tra Su Natural Reserve. Take a sampan boat trip, take you through the forest, and take smaller canoes into small streams into condensed tree areas. Learn about hundreds of plants and animals in the region.  We will have a transfer to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Nui Sam Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh

Chau Doc border town is small, and it so important with two international border gates. The gateways to Cambodia are both waterways or overland. These the tourists love so much is the floating village and Cham community surroundings. After a tasty breakfast, we will check out for an hour and boat ride to explore the daily life of people living on the Basac River.  Visit catfish farm, experience to way to raise fish before we stop at Cham village by Mekong River. Option to have a vehicle transfer back to Saigon OR enjoy 15 - 20 km bike through colorful Cham villages alongside Mekong River. Enjoy lunch and returning to Saigon by vehicle in the late afternoon. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
30km+
Flat - easy

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


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