Be met at your hotel in Saigon at 7:30 am, and you will travel by road from Ho Chi Minh City to the Tam Binh, outskirts of Cay Lay, where your beautiful ride to Vinh Long is. You will soon find yourself amongst the Ngu Hiep island after riding on the new island bridge. Ride at your own pace through lush farmlands of many kinds of tropical fruits, and you can find one of these you do not like at all is durian fruits; you can taste the others instead.
The Ngu Hiep island offers fertile soils, so the islands are covered with lush green fruit trees and bonsai gardens along the scenic villages. We padel well-maintained paths, ride along the Mekong River, experience the local culture of locals, visit the home of locals and small markets, and escape the island with another small ferry to Tan Phong island. Tan Phong is a beautiful island with, small charming town, and the fruit crouching market opens in the early morning only.
Many local homes are small friendly homestays for travellers who love to stay a couple of days in peaceful rural villages. We explore the island on small paths, pass some beautiful hamlets. After 5 km, we relax on the next ferry to Phu Phung village, enjoy dirt track cycling long the waterways to Binh Hoa Phuoc, and we enjoy large lunch booked by locals. Taste Vietnamese coffee, fresh fruits and continue biking along the lively river Cai Cuong Ancient house. It's one of the Mekong typical ancient in the Mekong Delta. Take a short break, visit the place, admire the old structure designed, carry on the ride, pass schools, markets, vibrant villages. You bike to An Binh island with water channels, and the busiest waterway through the island is Dong Phu canals. We continue biking through the island to An Binh Ferry Dock and enjoy today's last ferry to Vinh Long town. Take a rest, rest your legs on the vehicle driving to Can Tho.
Can Tho City is the Capital City of Vietnam's Mekong Delta Region and is famous for its bustling floating market. Take a boat trip to the busiest floating market. The market is the highlight of today's activities. Hundreds of boats gather to trade agricultural products, which are from other provinces in the delta.
After breakfast, take a 40-minute boat trip from Ninh Kieu Pier to Cai Rang. Watch hundreds of small boats exchange farm products, from boat to boat. The boat will get through the floating market slowly, so all things on your sight. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale hung on the bamboo sticks with bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, watermelons, and so on.
Disembark your boat for a short transfer to the other side of Hau Giang River to Binh Minh for a half-day ride. We cycle through the vast rice paddy fields, explore the Khmer villages, and stop visiting some colourful Khmer temples, and the small workshop produces hats, handbags, indoor sandals, and bins, all made from water hyacinths. We end up the ride in Tam Binh, lunch en-route before returning to Saigon by vehicle. Tour End!
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!
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.
- 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.
Private Support Vehicles
We organize cycling holidays, cycling adventure trips and mountain biking tours. All are flexible with luxury, fully air-conditioned vehicles to support riders on the entire journey. It depends on how many riders are in the group, and the vehicle support services will be well-arranged to satisfy your travels. There are air-conditioned 16-seat van/minibuses to take up all riders, luggage, and a truck to hold all bikes during the trip.
Every morning, the vehicles will transfer you out of the bustling city, and then you will ride to explore the stunning countryside, and you will back on the vehicles to avoid traffic in town when the daily's ride ends in the late afternoon.
Every 20 - 25 km, the support vehicles will be waiting at the high road if you are tired and really would love to ride on A/C van. Your guide will escort you to vehicles easily because many country back roads are linked to the main roadways where keeping vehicles are on standby.
Then you can relax on a support vehicle when others in the group can continue cycling as long as they wish! You will meet the others at the next point/ destination where you love to re-join the group and continue to ride.
All your luggage/ suitcase and day bags are safe on the vehicles and well kept by the company's drivers and its team.
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.
Giant MTB & Trek Hybrid MTB Bikes & Gears
Trek Hybrid MTB Bikes - Wheelsize 700c x45/1.95 - Gravel tires
Giant MTB Bikes - Wheelsize 27.5 x 1.95
We liked this trip very much
The guide was very good. The itinerary was fantastic to know people, landscape and rural life. In my opinion view the life cost in Vietnam the price of the tour is too much. Maybe, if you lower the price more people could join and do this tour. 05 January 2018
Fabulous bike trip with Vietnam Cycling Tours
Apologies for the late reply. And thank you very much for the good wishes. We had a safe and easy flight back home and we're a bit sad that our great trip in Vietnam is over... I just got an email from Lam that our payment has been transferred to you. I think that you won't need the transfer receipt anymore from me then.
Thanks to you and your organization for the very enjoyable trip in the Mekong Delta. We had a lot of fun! All the best, Matthias. Mekong Bike Tours 09 - 10 June, 2022
Hi Vietnam Cycling Tours,
Sorry for replying so late, it's been quite busy here😅.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the bike tour with Linh. In my eyes, she is an excellent tour guide in many ways!
First of all, we really enjoyed her wonderful company! Of course, also her great knowledge about the region and the culture in general. In addition, her leadership skills: she adapts very well to our pace and is very flexible to meet our needs. My wife had a problem with motion sickness and Linh took very good care of her and even organized medication. We are so glad we met her, I can say we made a friend!
We would also like to thank you for making this possible on such short notice!
Two things I would like to tell you for improvement.
Firstly, the driver's driving style was unpleasant. We communicated it and he made an effort for a while, but only a few minutes later he fell back into his usual driving style. Specifically: he closed up very close, overtook in rather tricky situations and jerkily switched from accelerating to braking to accelerating, etc. (The speed, however, was appropriate).
I know that in this wonderful country people have a different driving style. The driver also tried really hard and was very friendly and didn't drive too fast. I also think that from a general Vietnamese perspective, the driver drove well, as far as I can tell. But if you want to chauffeur tourists from my country, you have to drive more smoothly, mor economically and more patiently.
Secondly, my wife's bike was unfortunately a bit too small, the handlebars a bit too narrow for her. No big deal, but still I would like to mention it.
Despite these points, it was a really great experience to do this tour with you, which I will highly recommend!
Thank you and have a great time, we wish you all the best! 22 - 23 February 2023