Biking Mekong Delta to Con Dao Island

Overview

Price
USD $430.00 430.00
Tour code
VBR: MBT3M - HCM - CD
Duration
Number Of cycling days
2 days
Single supplement
60.00$
Average distance per day
35km
Bike Hire
US$20
Total cycling distance
100km
Introduction

Con Dao is considered as one of the most mysterious islands in the South East Asia. It has the most beautiful and untouched beaches in Vietnam. Used to be known as political prison in the past, nowadays, coming to Con Dao, travelers will also be surprised at the splendid beautiful of the island. This is the largest island in the chain of 15 islands as well as islets. It is ringed with lovely beaches, scenic bays, coral reefs, and partially covered in thick forests. There are a variety of activities for tourists to take part; diving, hiking, and exploring some empty coastal roads as well as deserted beaches, rich natural forest, white sandy beaches and many historical sites.

Full Itinerary

Bike route Mekong Delta Saigon - Can Tho - Soc Trang
Day
1
Saigon – Ngu Hiep – Tan Phong – An Binh - Can Tho

Leave the noisy city of Ho Chi Minh for an hour and half driving private vehicle to Ngu Hiep village. Adjust saddle for fully experience the landscape, people and Mekong Delta' cultures. We cross river to Ngu Hiep Island, ride along a lovely quiet countryside road, lined with tiny villages, stop at durian orchards if you really love to taste. We cycle on smooth paths along river, and watching cargo boats moving from different direction and share space with locals on little ferries to Tan Phong Island. There are some local café on this Island and your guide will choose the best to have your lunch cooked. This wonderful ride gives you so much time to experience the way of farming, gardening and family custom. After lunch, your adventure continues as cycling and having another ferry crossing to Binh Hoa Phuoc village. Ride pass some ancient houses in An Binh Island and enjoy an amazing country back roads and network of waterways criss-cross the Island. The area is famous for its abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. Today’ ride will end up at Vinh Long town and you will have a transfer to Can Tho city.

Can Tho West hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Can Tho – Phung Hiep – Soc Trang

An early start to floating market by boat after breakfast at hotel, we check out and enjoy boat ride to Cai Rang floating market. Then we leave the boat and jump back to the bikes. We begin our ride on wards to Phung Hiep. Ride on scenic route through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Have lunch in Phung Hiep before our cycling adventure continues. There will be many stops on the way; see rice husking mills, local homemade workshops, Buddhist pagodas, local markets by the river and take some small public ferries across to Phung Hiep. In the afternoon, we ride deeply into hamlets of Khmer community, passing primary schools, middle schools and colorful Khmer temples Stopping at some local houses, and meet locals, exchange culture face to face, experience the charm of the Khmer traditional cultures first hand as you explore villages.

Que Toi hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Soc Trang to Con Dao by speed boat

Have breakfast at the hotel and check out for a short transfer to Tran De dock. Boarding the 8:00 am high speed boat to Con Dao Island. The boat ride takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes to get there. You will be arrived at the Ben Dam dock around 10:20 am. One of Vietnam’s a new destination. It is real nature site. Con Dao is a splendid tropical getaway set with beautiful white-sand beaches and quaint fishing villages. You can stay on beach as long as you wish. Our guide and driver will be back to Saigon with the emptied van. End of service!

Breakfast
Kiwi standing on oval
Super Dong boat

Tour details

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
B= 2 Breakfasts, L= 2 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
Daily cold water, snacks, fresh fruits, facial tissues
2 nights, double room/ twin room
Super Dong boat to Con Dao Island
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Pick up at hotels/drop off at Ben Dam dock
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver
Road Condition

Mekong Delta
Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on a variety of roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. There are four Ethnic groups of people ling in Mekong Delta of Vietnam. They are  Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. According to locations, provinces lowland, jungles and Islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, hictorical sites/relics, countryside villages and removed hamlets and sandy beaches create  sceneries, landcapes and offer plenty of opportunities for cyclists to see people lives and enjoy beautiful countryside and different cultures of locals. However, Mekong Delta River has thousand branches; natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are so important in 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 first cycle tour operator exlore 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 also the path finder is Mr Van nick named "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously researched, investigated and scouted out and mapped out before hand 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 make a custom route which is suitable to your wish; cycling ability and skills. 

Flexible route
You do not have to ride the exact kilometer which are indicated on the tour itineraries. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose some longest distance that more than 80km per day if a full day ride. You could spend more time on cycling if you think the biking distance is too short !, or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time to take photos, to stop at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.

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. In fact, 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 last of April. Farmers make 3 crops of rice per year so travelers not only meet them at their home but also seeing them working on farmlands. Especially, dry season is closed to Vietnamese Lunar New Year and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. Weather is nice, low temperature and cooler than other season.
  • The wet season is called 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 as 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. Its from last of August to early of Nov. Its 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 really good time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mostly in the afternoon and only lasts for an hour or so. 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 A/C 16 seater van.Two people seat on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seat will be fold up so all bikes will be uploaded here.


 


 


A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people

There will be 2 vehicles to support riders on entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, ice box to keep cold drinks....


 


 



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...Ice box


 


 


Truck to carry bicycles



A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people

We provide 2 vans and 1 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.


 

truck to carry bicycle on tour

 

minibus to support bicycle trip

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 45 mtb bikes available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours

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 loved the trip! We appreciated the flexibility of the company and Mr Cong - from buying a new bike for our younger son when he was too small for the regular bikes, to dealing with our older son when he got sick during the trip. The back road trails were so much fun to ride along and we learned a lot about life in the Mekong Delta. Cong was Loc made us feel that everything was taken care of and we didn't need to worry about anything. 28 - 29 - 30 June 2019

Brendan Deleha…

We used this tour as a way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Soc Trang to take the Superdong ferry to the Con Dao islands. It was the low season, so it was just our family of four. The tour was exactly as advertised: we rode almost exclusively on back roads with no cars and trucks, saw the beauty of rural Vietnam, and caught glimpses of what rural life is like. Our guide, Cong, was excellent. He adapted our trip perfectly when one of our kids got sick on the trip and he was happy to let our youngest son set the pace. Cong was endlessly helpful. He even helped us to plan how to get back to Can Tho after our stay on Con Dao, and he was always a wealth of information. The tour is expensive, even by North American standards, but the organization, the level of customization, and the ability to feel confident that you will have a great experience makes it worth the price. 28 - 29 - 30 June 2019

Brendan Deleha…

It has been the best tour that we have done whilst in Vietnam. The guides were great! Very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The overall, trip was challenging but we felt extremely satisfied when we had finished. We would like to say a big thank you to our tour guides! We feel lucky to have had such an amazing time and to have seen the Vietnam that is rarely seen by many tourists. 02 - 03 - 04 May, 2018

Jack Richards …

We have 2 weeks in Vietnam and these 2 days have been the best so far! Cong and Tha have been very friendly and helpful. The cycling was challenging but extremely fund and rewarding. We could not have asked for a better experience. We will remember this trip forever! When leaving we will miss Cong and Tha and drivers and the fantastic country of Vietnam! Thank you! P.S. Organisation was exceptional. 02 - 03 - 04 May, 2018

Lucky Evans from UK
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