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.
Commence your trip with 1. hour travel on the road to Mekong Delta. On arrive at a rural village, just a few km from Tan An city, pick the bike for the morong ride. We cycle into family farms, enjoy the most beautiful scenic countryside, ride on varied terrains, concrete, dirt lance through lush vegetation, and discover the authentic local life along the hamlets. Visit some families and see villagers make handbags, hats and other things. All are make of local materials.
Break for lunch at a the locally owned restaurants in My Tho city. Then relax on support vehicle transfer 1 hour to the rural Dist of Ben Tre for the afternoon ride. The rural Districts offer peaceful landscapes, amazing smooth paths, and dirt paths through waterpalm and vibrant villages. You will wander through hamlets, across the water channels by small ferry boats, and ride on several narrow bridges without rails. Today's ride will end at Co Co Chien bridge, get on support vehicles for a short transfer to Trung Nghia Village- Vung Liem. Check in the luxury Coco Riverside Lodge
The farmers here get up and work early in the morning, so it's a great time to see the local daily activities around villages: taking fruits to local markets by mopeds or sampan boats. Watering the vegetables and fruits on their farmlands, the elderly go to small markets nearby. Then go back to the homestay for breakfast by the river.
We cycle from the Coco Riverside Lodge and make some stops to meet locals working on lush farmlands, and learn how to make rice crops. Wave locals working on rice paddy fields, take its easy as you cycle on opened air paths across rice paddy fields, and make many stops at local home business workshops. Experience the lifestyles and daily activities of Khmer and Vietnamese on the riverside trails, which make it possible to enjoy the greenery and fresh air through villages. Venture into Khmer hamlets, learn more about Theravada Buddhism, visit the beautiful Pagodas and encounter the Khmer monks. Enjoy the amazing Mekong Delta scenery
There are many stops along the country roads for endless photos and tasting fresh fruit from orchards. Break for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing cycling to Tra On. We take a publish ferry, cross the river to Luc Si Island, then continue cycling cross the islands, taste seasonal fruit at local orchards, and take another ferry to the mainland where we ride on trails alongside the Mekong River the Can Tho suspension bridge. We hop on the van for a short transfer to Can Tho City.
Can Tho City is known as the Capital City of Vietnam's Mekong Delta and is famous for its Cai Rang floating market. It's one of the most top tourist attractions in the Delta region. Why's it is? Simply because it's a real one.
After breakfast, enjoy a motorized boat trip to the bustling floating market and enjoy watching the waterway's local morning activities. Your boat will get through and around the market slowly. There are many wooden boats of different sizes. Bigger boats are wholesalers and anchored, while smaller boats move around and look for trading partners. The other tiny sampans sell light breakfasts; noodle soups, broken rice with porks, coffee, and soft drinks. The floating market opens all day, but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9 am. The primary items for trading are farm products and other commodities. The items for sales are hung up on a pole of bigger boats as for advertising.
Following the market, you will get off the boat and explore another busy land market before the beautiful ride to Chau Doc. It's a long way from Can Tho to Chau Doc, so our adventure day will divide today's ride into 2 sections.
The morning is 30 km on shady paths, sharing space with local mopeds and pushbikes, passing numerous villages, and explore backwaters of rural Dists. The routes in My Khanh, and Binh Thuy are the dirt lances, concrete paths through lush orchards, lush farms of many kinds of fruits, and enjoy visiting Chinese pagoda, experiencing the daily life of locals along the river banks. Visit one of the most beautiful mandarin landlords' houses in the 19th-century in the Mekong Delta. This house had recognized as an official national relic by the Ministry of Culture. Built-in 1870, the house structure is a blend of Asian and European culture and characteristics. The exterior was French style, and the interior was a traditional Vietnamese house—lunch en route before 2. hours transfer to Chau Phu.
From Chau Phu, we 20 km cycle through vast rice paddy fields, tiny hamlets, and colourful Vietnamese pagodas with a giant buddha statue, continue pedalling along man-made canals, pass thatched shelters, palm trees, and raised farms. It's good timing to enjoy cycling and viewing the verdant countryside and views the Sam mountain scenery. The afternoon's ride ends at Sam Mountain and transfers on a winding road to Victoria Sam Lodge. Enjoy the sunset by swimming pool and looking over the Cambodia border.
Enjoy the sunrise, taste tea, coffee, look over the endless rice paddies, and Cambodian borderline from Sam Mountain. After a hearty breakfast, you will transfer to Chau Doc town, and it takes about 15 minutes to drive. Take a short boat trip to a floating village, experience the local life whose tiny houses are on the river, and see how wealthy people raise catfish. The floating fish farms were built with good quality waterproof and durable materials as big houses while floating homes are tiny on top of sampans.
After the boat, you cycle through the Muslim villages, past Muslim wooden stilts houses, stop at a busy village market, follow the small path to the verdant farmland, and have a ferry crossing Bassac River. Break for a coffee stop at a lively market and continue to explore a lowland in Dong Thap. The areas have yearly flooded in the wet season. Houses on stilts had been used in this land for a long time. Most are not solid stilt houses because locals built with local materials and proof usually change after 2 to 3 years.
We will have lunch in Cho Moi, following lunch with 30 minutes transfer to My Luong township, to continue your adventure to Cao Lanh. The weather is much more relaxed and your leisurely ride more enjoyable. Take some photos of the Monastery complex before the ride takes you through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered Gieng island and its rustic villages. Take today's last ferry to a rural town, keep on cycling to Cao Lanh.
You ride narrow lances from the hotel to get out of the town, past many brick factories along rivers, cross water channels on the little wooden bridges, and ride on a dirt track along the Mekong River. Stop to visit a small workshop weaving dried water hyacinths to make hats, handbags, bins and indoor sandals and so on. This is a chance you can buy some directly from the locals instead of paying high prices in Ho Chi Minh.
Enjoy watching green vegetation fields, passing mudfish farm, and mango orchard along the way. Break for a coffee in small towns, then carry on biking on country back roads, through the town takes concrete paths across the farmland and agricultural canals to Xeo Quyt forest. Enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant in the forest. Following lunch, to explore Viet Cong base and Xeo Quyt forest.
The forest is a vast swamp and full of tall cajeput trees. The tree has a white spongy bark that easily flakes off the trunk, and locals love to use these for fires. Viet Cong built its base inside the forest in 1960 with bunkers, meeting rooms, command headquarter, etc. Xeo Quyt is an ecological site and offers rowed sampan to visit historical relics, admire the scenery, and learn about the touch life in Vietnam War. Enjoy a sampan boat row by Viet Cong, stop at some Viet Cong bunkers, walking to communist leaders', learn about the Vietnam War and wildlife of the forest. Finally, you will transfer to Saigon in the late afternoon. Tour Ends!
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
This was an amazing…
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
, 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
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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
What a trip! We are simultaneously tired and energized.
Dear Phuong Tam,
What a trip! We are simultaneously tired and energized. We had an amazing time.
It was so relaxing to know everything was thought out and organized for us. Mr. Dat had an amazing talent for understanding us- when we should have a cold drink, what special treats we should try, when we should rest, what we liked to photograph, when it was time for a bathroom break, what information we’d be interested in, etc.. -he anticipated all our needs! We really appreciated him sharing his expertise and knowledge about Vietnamese culture and history, and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him.
Mr. Dat and Mr. Viet worked together seamlessly. We were met promptly at every pick-up point with cold water, face wipes, and a smooth ride to our next well-planned destination. The bicycles were great; thank you.
Our highlights of the trip were: 1) Time with our guide 2) Beautiful scenery: rice fields, orchards, temples, lotus flowers and water lilies, the river from all angles 3) Seeing all the different neighborhoods and saying “hello” to people 4) the DELICIOUS food (we loved making our own Banh Xeo at the Coco Riverside Lodge) 5) The most beautiful lodging EVER at both the Coco Riverside Lodge and Sam Mountain Lodge 6) Delicious western-style breakfasts at most of the hotels (we didn’t love the breakfast at the Sao Mai Hotel).
Thank you for providing us with the trip of a lifetime. We will definitely recommend your company to everyone we know. 13 - 17 Mar 2023
Sincerely, Sharon and Scott