The best Mekong Delta Bike Tour

Introduction

Vietnam's Mekong Delta has more than 40,000 square kilometers of fertile soil and plenty of freshwaters. Mekong Delta is a grand ecology. The rivers and their myriad tributaries are the basis of daily subsistence and a vital means of transportation – essentially acting as country roads. Viewing the river delta and its biological diversity while cycling along the riverside on back roads is a beautiful and unique way to explore and experience the heart and soul of this region. Throughout four days trip, we will visit a. Very night stay at major cities; Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Cao Lanh and every day we will travel on unique routes, through charming villages that show local life.

Tour details

Price
USD $695.00 695.00
Tour code
VBR: 5H - MBT - 2
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days + a half day
Single supplement
140.00$
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

Day
1
Saigon - Tra Vinh

Our team will be at your accommodation to pick you up. We depart at 7:30 AM by a support vehicle, and it takes about an hour to the cycling point, rural area of Ben Luc where all bikes ready for us to ride on gentle creek paths past rice fields, fruit farms, and picturesque villages. Make a stop, see farmers to growing dragon fruit, spend time around the farmlands where locals grow many kinds of vegetables. Along the way, we’ll stop at a small family to see traditional woven hats making. After delicious lunch, we will have a vehicle transfer to Ben Tre for the afternoon ride. Your ride will begin in the countryside path by the high road, Mo Cay’ countryside. All beautiful and unique routes and smooth concrete paths enable you to take time on bike and experience people living. Mainly you find out what people do with coconut trunks, how to make coconut jelly, and what people use coconut fiber for! Another thing is family irrigation canals that help coconut growing well. After a ferry takes us to another side, a short transfer us to the hotel to check-in. 

Thanh Tra hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh – Tieu Can - Cau Ke - Can Tho

On the morning of your cycle ride is to bike on footpaths through rice fields. The rural paths are just enough for bicycles and mopeds only, so vehicles can't follow us. These routes are the best for us to venture and to explore Khmer lives in their homeland. Most people here still keep their traditional way of living style, and thatch houses are also still famous in Khmer communities. Your guide will make some stops stop at some colourful Khmer Buddhist temples so you can see monks praying and studying in their class at the temple. Right here, our bike guides will tell you the big difference between the two branches of Buddhism. The afternoon ride is fantastic when the weather is cool. We ride past tropical fruit orchards and mingle with the crowd on the bike on islands of grapefruit, Logan and orange, and we spend time on a small ferry crossing on small natural rivers to Island. Then we continue our adventures by cycling on paths along the Mekong River to Can Tho bridge. We will have a 30-minute transfer that takes you to the hotel for beers!

Muong Thanh can Tho hotel
Breafast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho – Long Xuyen - Chau Doc

Depart from hotel by motorboat to real floating market of Cai Rang. We will watch this market in action. After seeing how locals are buying/selling farm products from boat to boat,  we disembark from the motorboat to carry our cycling adventures to Chau Doc. It's a long way from Can Tho to Chau Doc, so our adventure day must divide the ride. We will bike explore the picturesque countryside of Phong Dien in the morning. Enjoy your cycling on gentle trails through that small criss-cross villages. There are many places to stop over during the biking. Then a vehicle transfers us to the rural area of Chau Phu, where the afternoon ride start. It's good timing to view the Sam mountain on biking. We pedal on small paths and the back road alongside lively canals, tiny bridges, and verdant countryside as we get close to Sam Mountain before we get to the hotel by vehicle. Enjoy the sunset by swimming pool.

Nui Sam Lodge resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
4
Chau Doc – My Luong - Cao Lanh

Wake up early, view the rice paddy field and Cambodian borderline from Sam Mountain. Enjoy a big breakfast, coffee at sunrise, and prepare for another beautiful day. A transfer to Chau Doc town, and it takes about 15 minutes drives. The first 10 km through the Muslim villages, past Muslim wooden stilts houses, will stop at a busy village market, following the small path to the lush green verdant farmland before we get on the ferry crossing Basac River. Get off the ferry boat for a coffee stop at a lively market before we bike to explore a low-land in Dong Thap. The areas have yearly flooded in the wet season. Houses on stilts have seen in this land for a long time. Most are not solid stilt houses because they built with local materials. We will have lunch in Cho Moi, and we could wait until the weather much cooler to continue bicycling.  Take some photos of Monastery complex before the ride takes you through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered rural villages by the river. Stay a night in the none tourist city of Cao Lanh 

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Cao Lanh – Xeo Quyt - HCM

From the hotel in the city of Cao Lanh, we ride on small countryside back roads. We reach the lovely countryside with green vegetable fields along rivers, passing mudfish farm, brick factory, and mango orchard along the way. Then, we continue our adventure on paths to remote villages by the Mekong River to My Hoi market. Enjoy the single track riding alongside the sleepy canal and lively rivers. We will have sampan boat rowed into the woods, stopping at some Viet Cong bunkers, walking to communist leader’ bases before lunch. Return to Saigon by support vehicle in late afternoon.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 45km
Flat - easy/moderate

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 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 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. 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 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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Reviews

Dear Miss Hue, we want to thank your team at Vietnam Backroads, for a most enjoyable tour in April. Our guide "Buppy" (hope our spelling is right) was really great and our driver Duc. Everything was really good. Thank you for returning our money from the Duxton hotel. We will certainly recommend Vietnam Backroads as a great company to bike with. Maybe we will do another Backroads tour next year Thank you again Diane , David and Brendan 06 - 10 April 2013

Brendan Fagan …

Very good routes, good mix of urban/village area, poor/rich and farming villages.Good activities (crocodile, fish farms, boat rides, markets and floating market) The food on the set menu by the restaurants was very good (restaurant where guide chose menu, less good. Prefer if he translate Vietnamese into English menu, then we choose(even if this means price increase) Bike excellent packing up of tour very good, professional services eg. Baggage handling. Junior guide Dat has very good English - shows great promise 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 Sep 2013

Sarah Byrne pa…

Very good tour. Would recommend some tuition on riding over bridge + road awareness a bit especially for novice riders. I would never have done this on my own so very happy I did. December 27, 2013

Paul Millard p…

Thang was an excellent guide! Fun accommodating, very considerate and hospitable. We had a great time exploring the Mekong Delta and learning a bit about the region. December 27, 2013

Sahar Banijama…

Hi Mekong Bike Tours, Recommend cycling early in the morning- the heat is very bad in the middle of the day. Frozen water in bottles might be good to help with the heat. Hotels should serve espresso coffee I love the backroads. Wow, much better than I expected Highlights: - Excellent guide, so friendly, so helpful - Smiling, cheerful, happy driver - Great bikes - Viet Cong boat trip, crocodile farm - Scenery is superb .......Sarah Thornton from Australia ------------------------ Best tour ever. Dat is excellent and we were looked after perfectly We also love the drive hugely. He was very good Dat is the best guide I have seen I love the tour Thank you so much Dean Thornton from New Zealand ------------------ Great bicycle tour and our guide was excellent Ashley and Lynn Lindon from Australia. 2014

Ashley and Lyn…

Dear guys, I wanted to thank you for arranging the most wonderful bike trip for me and my son, Ian. It was exactly what we had hoped for - beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful people, manageable biking and the best guide ever. It was a very meaningful trip for us, for many reasons, all enhanced by Dat’s wise and spiritual guidance. We were not ready for the trip to end. Thank you also for helping us arrange transportation to the Wild Gibbon Tour, which was quite an adventure. 2014 Many thanks, Judy

Judith Lee Kot…

I have the backroads. Wom, much better than I expected. Best tour ever- Dat is excellent and we were looked after perfectly. Dat is the best guide I have seen Recommend cycling early in the morning- the heat is very bad in the middle of the day. Frozen water in bottlles might be good to help with the heat. Hotels should serve espresso coffee. Highlights: - excellent guide, so friendly, so helpful - smiling, cheerful, happy driver - great bikes - Viet Cong boat trip, crocodile farm - scenery is superb - amazing routes Note: in Australia everyone say "do not eat the fish from the Mekong Delta" They are concerned that the waterways are not clear and contain human waste. Perhaps you could check this and if the fish are ok, then explain to tourists that no one has got sick. Fish is ok etc. One of four of us got sick this tour- that is not too bad. Maybe the fish is ok! April 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 -23, 2014

Sarah Thornton…

Dat is a fantastic guide. He is friendly and knowledgeable. Driver is safe. The route taken is good with a variety of scenery. The bikes are good quality and easy to ride. The hotels in Tra Vinh and Cao Lanh have hard beds but overall the hotels are good. A very enjoyable trip overall. 10 - 11 -12 -13 - 14 Jan, 2017

Gautam Rao fro…

This was an amazing experience. The booking process was great with Van replying promptly to all emails. This company is very professionally run. Our tour guide Viet was very knowledgeable and showed us some amazing places that we were not aware of. This was not just a cycling tour but also a wonderful insight into the lives of the Vietnamese people. The amount of cycling each day is optional so if you are tired you can rest in the air conditioned van. I would recommend the upgrade accommodation as some of the hotels exceeded our expectation. Loc our driver ensured we had plenty of water and always greeted us with a smile. The food was plentiful and loved eating with local families. The village people were so friendly and greeted us everywhere with hello hello My husband and I are fit 60 year olds and would recommend this tour company. We are hoping to come back again another time to cycle Cambodia. Thanks Van, Viet, and Loc. 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 18 Mar, 2018

Mr/Mrs Irwin f…

, I wanted to thank you for arranging the most wonderful bike trip for me and my son, Ian. It was exactly what we had hoped for - beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful people, manageable biking and the best guide ever. It was a very meaningful trip for us, for many reasons, all enhanced by Dat’s wise and spiritual guidance. We were not ready for the trip to end. Thank you also for helping us arrange transportation to the Wild Gibbon Tour, which was quite an adventure. 2014

Judy Judith Le…

We loved our cycling tour with Dat! Traveling through the small village on charming roads with a kind, knowledgeable guide was a dream. Dat pointed out and kinds of local foods. He was very open and willing to answer all our questions. The ride distance each day was defect, made even better by the fruits / rest stops. Our only suggestion would be to make dinner at the hotels optional. Often those meals were stuffy and not delicious. We really love eating fantastic Vietnamese food with Dat. At night, it would be fun to try to find other small restaurant in the city on our own instead of in a tourist spot. 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 December 2018

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