Cycling Ho Chi Minh - Cao Lanh - Phu Quoc islands

Introduction

Biking 5 days/ 4 nights Saigon to Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc with Vietnam Cycling Tours. Beginning with a transfer out of Ho Chi Minh, ride to vibrant Cai Be countryside, on to An Binh island and see the famous Cai Rang floating market the following day. The beautiful routes to Cao Lanh, wetland, allow you to stop in Sadec and its flower village, and following days to Gieng island, Chau Giang, and Chau Doc, and Ha Tien township.


Vietnam has a long, narrow shape from north to south climate conditions vary considerably with three distinct patterns between the north, central and south regions. The climate in south Vietnam is tropical all year round, with slight variation throughout the year and average temperature from 27 to 32 degrees. Phu Quoc island is one of the world's most secluded beaches that you can enjoy any time of the year. Join in a bike trip from Saigon to Phu Quoc to have your legs beaten up by bicycle, then stay on the blue, sandy beach for a couple of days before you catch an international flight home!

Tour details

Price
USD $725.00 725.00
Tour code
VBR: MBT5I - HCM - PQ
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days
Single supplement
120.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$60
Total cycling distance
270km
Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
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= 4 Lunches, D= 3 Dinners
4 nights, double room/ twin room
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
Super Dong boat to Phu Quoc Island
Pick up at hotels/drop off at Bai Vong dock
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Visa to Vietnam
International Flight
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Binh Minh

You are picked up at your accommodation in HCM then a transfer will take you Cai Be’ countryside. On your first day’ ride to experience real-life from Cai Be to Vinh Long to Can Tho. Experience and share space with locals on many ferry crossings, ride past primary and middle schools before your ride continues to get through the countryside of Cai Be.


You will have a delicious lunch at the home of locals. In the afternoon, we take a published ferry boat to Vinh Long and continue our easy ride to Tam Binh and Binh Minh. Discover local life along with villages on the bike, mingle with kids going back from school. There is a short transfer to Can Tho city in the late afternoon.

TTC Premium Can Tho
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Can Tho - Sadec - Cao Lanh city

A pleasure boat ride passes many stilt-house along the river bank to Cai Rang floating market. This is a chance you capture the daily activities of locals along the river bank. You also have an opportunity to watch the most significant and busiest floating market as it is a real one. Then, your guide will choose the best route for a morning ride to Sadec. On your way, you could enjoy your own pace and experience the way to make rice powder at a family workshop. Passing and waving locals working farmlands by footpaths through lush green rice fields, sweet potato plantations.


Your bike guide will tell how a complicated network of small artificial canals brings water to farms in the area. On arrival in the old Sadec town at noontime, visit Huynh Thuy Le's ancient house, which is well-known with the movie "The Lover" from getting published. Your lunch will be served at the home before you continue cycling through many villages of flower, bonsai, ornamental plants, and brick factories to Cao Lanh city in the late afternoon.

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Cao Lanh – Cho Moi - Chau Doc

Start your bike ride today by exploring scient countryside landscape through mango orchards, small villages and local workshops, smooth track along Mekong River. There will be a stop at a small cafe by the river, which opens in few hours in the morning only. Then we carry on our adventure onwards to ferry boat where locals use it as a routine shuttle boat going to the mainland every day. After reaching Gieng Islet, you could amaze how people live here in the yearly flooded season, on stilt house because of wetland. We have our pleasure time cycle on smooth paths to My Luong Dist.


We are passing a Monastery, which was built 120 years ago by the French. This is the first Monastery building in Indochina, established in 1874. Then we get on our private vehicle for a drive to Cho Moi to have lunch. Then we continue bicycling to Chau Doc, experience local life along country back roads, see duck raising on rice paddy fields, fish farming by rivers, and rice harvesting. We ride past Muslim villages, stilt houses, and vegetable paddy fields until we arrive in Chau Doc town.

Chau Pho hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
4
Chau Doc – Tra Su forest – Ba Chuc - HaTien

The most exciting feature of Tra Su is that tourists travel by motor-boat or dinghies as they weave through the forest. Passengers will enjoy enormous emerald-green duckweed that blankets the water’s surface, as well as flocks of white storks that perch on cajuput together with many kinds of birds, animals, and fish. Sometimes, the boatman stops the boat and shows tourists some of the enormous beehives that rest on the top of the trees. Enjoy a morning ride on trails to Tra Su nature reserve forest, and it is also a bird sanctuary.


In the breeding season, birds stay home all day long to look after their eggs and baby birds. Your adventure biking travels along the Cambodia border, passing lotus fields, rice paddy. After we arrive at the forest, enjoy 2 hours boat trip, including sampan boat rowing this forest. You will experience boat rowing, trekking into cajuput trees, wetlands that attract many birds, including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl, and water cocks. We carry our last day ride on gentle pave roads, through palm trees to Ba Chuc village, your guide will tell you what happened in the town in 1978. Pay a visit to the memorial, see many photos taken by correspondent journalists as these photos are the war evidence. If time permitted! The ride will continue as we follow the quiet back roads along the border with Cambodia to Ha Tien.

Ha Tien River hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Ha Tien - Phu Quoc Island

Ha Tien is a small border town, but it is the international gateway between Vietnam and Cambodia. Its market is also tiny, but you could find interesting things here. The town is not far from Phu Quoc Island. The speedboat ride takes an hour and 15 minutes. A morning call wakes you up for breakfast, and then check out the hotel for the modern Super Dong speed boat to Bai Vong dock, Phu Quoc Island. The morning Super Dong speed boat will leave at 9:30 am, and it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Bai Vong dock. The afternoon is 1:00 pm, so you could make your choice before our sales team makes this booking. It would be best if you were on the boat 30 minutes before the boat trip starting. You should contact the hotel you booked on Phu Quoc to have you picked up at Bai Vong dock. Tour End!


Note: If you have booked the hotels/resorts on your own, arranged! Please contact them to have you picked up at Bai Vong dock. Another option is to get taxi to the hotel on your way. It does not include the trip. 

Breakfast
Kiwi standing on oval
Super Dong boat

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




 

 
 

Guaranteed to depart

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2 booked - US$705 per person

Reviews

Mr Lam was really great guide and our driver Loc always helping out, really with drinks and very friendly. we will definitely be referring our friends and will recommend on Trip Advisor when we get home. Thank you so much for an excellent experience. 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 Mar, 2018

Lisa family of…

We are back in Denmark again. We really enjoyed our Vietnam trip. Now we only have the memories. Especially the bicycling tour was fantastic. The guide Viet was excellent. His English was very good. His knowledge of the local areas was great. It was fantastic way to be introduced to the Mekong Delta. There was a good mix between biking, sailing, exploring, countryside’s and small villages. Also the driver was very helpful, and overall the tour was arranged so it could be flexible in biking versus sightseeing, this was good. Fantastic to see the local life in the small villages. Most of the route was narrow roads with little traffic, which we prefer. The last day had a relative long transportation section on normal road with trucks and busses, this is not ideal. Maybe better to change this to another place with small roads and longer cycling distance. We have been in 11/4/2018 Reviews tours at Vietnam Backroads http://vietnamcyclingtours.com/reviews.html 5/44 the Mekong Delta on a car trip 14 years ago where we have seen. The tourist attraction as Sam mountain e.g So we didn’t need to see this. If tourists never have been there before I think they would’ve been happy to see this. Mr Viet was fantastic and it was good the trip was flexible after us. 06 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 Jan, 2018

Bo Hansen fami…

The trip was very good indeed. It lived up to all our expectations and more. Tha choosed some beautiful routes so that the day to day tours has different contents. Very good. He took very good care of us and was very observant of our needs. So was the driver. Also very good service. The bikes were quite good and very appropriate for the purpose. The hotels were above our expectations and more upclass than we normally use. You could downscale on that part without reducing the value of the tour. The second evening in Cao Lanh we had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. The food was good but it is a very boring place to eat. Better use an restaurant nearby. Victoria lodge was fantastic! Thanks for showing us that. In all a very good trip. We can only recommend your company. 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 Nov, 2017

Jesper Nielsen…

Viet was an excellent, always good services and concerned for us. His English was perfect. He was fun of information and always able to answer questions. Overall the trip was superb. Loc was a very careful and good driver, we appreciated that. The only little problem was the height of the saddle of my friend. Maybe more attention should have been paid to that. 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 - 08 Nov, 2017

Julian Hewett …

We have just completed a five-day cycling tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc island. Being extremely seasoned travellers and in our 60’s (i.e. because our age and maturity), we were somewhat anxious about cycling in Vietnam where we have never been before. Well, it has proved to the best cycling trip we have ever taken! Every detail was meticulously planned and executed so that nothing was left to chance. The van was always there to meet us, where and when was prearranged. The cycles were first class and having accidentally left our gel saddle covers at home, the company obliged with another pair. Nothing was too much trouble for this company and its staff. The scenery was spectacular. By covering most of the 200 k on small back-roads no more than 3 metres wide, we hardly encountered a four-wheeled vehicle and consequently were able to pass through an unending stream of local family and business life with every turn of a corner and traverse of one of the hundreds of bridges. Dat (our guide) took us to see bricks being made in the same way as probably for 100 years. We saw the most beautiful lacquer products being manufactured, all mostly by hand. We saw and tasted varieties of fish, fruit and vegetables that even our fairly experiences palates had never met before. The five hotels at which we were booked into were all highly acceptable and two of them were as good as any we have ever stayed in. If only we could have lingered longer! On the one hand, we wish the trip could have gone on for another week, exploring Cambodia and other parts of Vietnam. On the other hand alas, our aching bodies would have probably cried out for mercy if we had chosen to go much further, but they will recover soon whilst the memories will last forever! Thank you so much Mr Van, Dat (the exceptional guide) and Loc (the utterly reliable driver). This tour company is highly recommended by us for those of you who want to experience by bicycle the real Vietnam and its’ beautiful people. John and Tina, Cyprus 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 - 08 December, 2017

John & Tina Ha…

Throughly enjoyed it. Dat was our excellent guide and I would recommend him to everyone. We was not have experienced true Vietnamese if we have taken a one day trip from HCMC or if we had stopped at age we towns, taken a boat trip. This trip showed us how people live, different culture belief, people in their daily lives. Beautiful landscapes and wonderful people. The truly memorial experience showed with excellent guide. 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 Dec, 2015

Patrick Swift …

Hello Mr Van the man I sent yesterday our note on Trip Advisor ( excellent of course ). I wrote it in French so that it may bring new bikers from french countries. It also is easier for us to express our deepest gratitude in French. So many moments filled with peacefullness and beauty are now part of our memory. Thank you for joining us those two days. Your sharp awareness for details made the journey a little more special. We are now planning a short stretch to Phnom Penh, as you know. Thanks to Ms Quang for the arrangment. By the way, we think she would be a great guide!!! May Vietnam Backroads lead you into your furthest dreams, best regards. Feb 6th-10th 2014

Isabelle et Cl…

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know we had a fantastic time on our recent cycle tour of the Mekong Delta region with Vietnam Backroads. Both you & Dat were fantastic guides and made the trip a memorable one. We are more than happy to blog our experience / feedback on your web site and that of LonelyPlanet and TripAdvisor in the coming weeks. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to other travelers or travelling with you again in the future. In fact we are already contemplating returning next Jan with our teenage daughters. Thanks also for providing the Backroads cycle jerseys and shorts. We had intended to pay for them as a souvenir of the trip, we didn't expect them for free. You are very kind. We will wear them regularly at home and take every opportunity to promote your company to others considering a cycle tour in Vietnam. 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 Jan 2014.Yours sincerely.

Lisa & Peter L…

Hey guys- here is my review of the trip, please feel free to publish it on your website. I'll also be sure to publish it on tripadvisor.com and anywhere else that might be helpful to you. Here it is- 'My wife and I chose the 5 day tour across the Mekong Delta. We had hoped to get to know the 'real Vietnam' and knew that by cycling, we had a good chance of getting to more out of reach places. My expectations were already high for the tour but somehow it managed to far exceed those expectations in what turned out to be a journey we'll remember for the rest of our lives. Firstly, I need to assure whoever may be reading this that Vietnam Backroads as a company is one of a kind. Van pioneered this way of exploring the delta and his routing is just perfect, balancing every aspect of country life day by day with a journey that slowly but surely continues to surprise the rider. Trustworthy and professional, have no doubts about booking a tour with them. Further to this, it is well worth mentioning that the 'service' elements to the trip are also excellent. My wife and I had our own air conditioned support vehicle, standing by and transferring luggage and supplies out of sight but only ever a short ride away. We also had the luxury of having all minor costs including ferry fares, fruit, lunch, dinner and hotels completely taken care of, something that allowed us to completely relax and fully absorb the experience. Whilst on the bikes we had expert knowledge at our disposal from our wonderful guide Loc, who would always let us decide how far we'd like to go that day, customising the experience to suit both me (a regular rider) and my wife (someone who only rides occasionally). The pace was never dictated and photos or stops were always accommodated. The paths were usually completely car free and the flat delta made for very smooth riding. The experience took in more than just cycling too... we were taken on private boats to floating markets, explored mangroves and discovered Temples and history of all kinds along the way. Meeting the wonderful people is something i'll never forget, they are naturally joyful and are openly kind wherever you happen to stop. I can still hear the kids running out to yell 'Hello!' wherever we went! The Hotels were great, naturally some were better than others but only ever where the city or town didn't accommodate as many tourists- a minor cost well worth paying in exchange for the adventure of straying from the beaten track. In summary, we had an amazing time. We ate multiple courses of wonderful food, were expertly guided wherever we went, saw places I'd never have imagined and had every comfort taken care of in a land where we were greeted with smiles and hospitality from everyone we passed by. If you are considering a trip and are not sure, just book it. You won't regret it, and whilst I am certain that all the guides are great, be sure to request 'Loc' for your trip, his kindness, knowledge and service go far beyond any guide that I have ever experienced. Book now before the secret is out!' Adam and Jeanne. December 4, 2013

Adam Harrison …

This was a wonderful experience which enabled us to see Vietnam in a way we never could have alone. Dat was an intelligent, diligent, caring, truly fantastic guide. Thank you thank you thank you! Natalie Whitty, Thank you for a fantastic trip. Dat an Cuong looked after us both very well and I feel like I have seen a lot of Vietnam that would not have been accessible to me otherwise. I will certainly recommend Vietnam Backroads to my friends. Dat has been a excellent host throughout. Thank you and I hope to come back soon! Nov 1st - 5th, 2013

Natalie Whitty…

Thanks for organizing a wonderful 5 days bike trip from Saigon to Phu Quoc. we wish you have a happy and successful new year. Hope you joined a big party with all of your family members and friends. 14 April 2011

Ulrike party f…

We arrived back home yesterday after a fantastic trip to Vietnam. We enjoyed our whole experience immensely especially the cycle tour through the Mekong Delta. It was very professionally organised and Cong was a good guide.

The only negative criticisms we would have are:
1. The tour should not be described as 5 days. It was clearly only 4 days with a ferry ticket for the 5th day to Phu Quoc
2. We would question the value for money. At $775 per head, those 4 days cost nearly as much as the rest of our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia! The food and hotels on the tour were nothing special and probably didn’t amount to more than $75 per head. Maybe if we had more people on the tour at a cheaper price we would have felt better about the cost.

On the whole though it was an amazing experience and your help with our organisation was also fantastic. 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 jan 2019

Robert Paul Wh…

We rearlly enjoyed the trip and felt we saw the real Vietnam. The cycling was vaned and we were abale to experience rich culture.

Mr Cong had excellent knowlege of the local surroundings and gave us just thye right amount of information. We felt the trip was very expensive as it cost us as much for these 4 days as for the rest of our 5 day trip to Vietnam. 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 Feb 2019

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