We will spend the first night in a real home-stay on An Binh Island during this bicycle tour. On the second day, you’ll get to experience the iconic coconut plantations and beautiful villages of Ben Tre province. Orchards, bonsai nurseries, Theravada temples – the action keeps on coming as this stunning and exciting part of Viet Nam unfolds to deliver up some of its charms. We’ll drop into some Khmer villages on our way to Can Tho City and also get to witness the colourful floating market of Cai Rang on our way back to Ho Chi Minh City.
This is a feature bike trip to the Mekong Delta, and you will experience a night at a local home. You will immerse yourself in the family culture and how the family arrange everything during your stay. Tasty meals cooked with firewood without modern kitchen cabinets. Join the family to cook your dinner and taste how delicious the meal you cooked!
You will be picked up at 7:30 am for a vehicle transfer to the outskirts of My Tho by the Mekong River. We take a ferry to the islands to experience as many of these beautiful islands which locals travel on for daily work. Take your ride easy through islands, bike alongside the Mekong River, enjoy beautiful landscapes, see a typical farmer working in farmland.
Do remember! There is no bridge linking island to island, but it is the opportunity you enjoy yourself and have fun. We reach Cai Be township around 12.00. Enjoy delicious local dishes at a well-known local restaurant After lunch, and we take a boat trip along the scenic waterways. Visit some workshops, board a sampan, and paddle a beautiful creek through Tan Phong Island before boarding a motorboat cross the large Mekong River to Dong Phu. It's a man-made canal to make a short route through the island, so it very busy with types of smaller boats and larger boats moving from two directions. Welcome by your host and check in the homestay.
On the second day, we start our ride from home-stay. We ride on a quiet back road through Binh Hoa Phuoc village, stop at some ancient houses, and belonged to the landlords before 1975. we ride past kindergarten and primary schools before we follow the dirt track through rambutan orchards and explore villages on countryside paths at your leisure with your biking guide to Cho Lach. Lunch in the local home in Cai Mon. We continue the journey of cycling in Ben Tre where we a vehicle transfer after lunch. This is a unique ride because the scenery is entirely different from the other days on the trip. The countryside landscapes are so beautiful that you cannot ride fast at all. Enjoy the ride through a network of concrete paths wide enough about 2 meters through water palm, coconut plantation, tiny concrete houses and irrigation system along the way to ferry station where we end up today’s ride. Have a short transfer to a hotel in the city.
Tra Vinh is a small town, and it is not a destination for tourists travelling by bus. So it is tranquil at night after 8:30 pm everything seems to be closed and almost sleep. The province is considered the homeland of Khmer. There are numerous Khmer temples not only in the city but also in the rural districts. A special cycle day allows you to learn about cultures, history and explore deeply to traditional villages of Khmer. Stop and visit some thatch houses, experience the ways of Khmer lives and visit some colourful temples on your way to Cau Ke township. After we have lunch in town, a fantastic bicycling begins after just half an hour of vehicle transfer to Tra On. We continue the afternoon ride with a ferry crossing to Island. Explore beautiful countryside villages across two islands, pedal along canals, rivers, fruit orchards and rice paddy fields. We get on a support vehicle before 5:00 pm for a short transfer to Can Tho to check in the hotel.
On the last day of the tour, board a motorboat to see the lively floating market. There are many wholesale boats hung type of products they want to sell to smaller boats. Smaller boats are local dealers that come to buy from wholesale boats and sell them back to land markets or locally. Locals come every morning to buy and sell just about anything you can imagine – freshly harvested fruit and vegetables, noodle soup, broken rice, and coffee can be offered here. Another little sampan with the long-tailed engine that are grocery boats and floating houses around you. After a wander around the market on land, we’ll disembark from the boat and hit the path to explore some of the hidden charms of the Phong Dien countryside (prepare to be amazed again!) We will have lunch before driving back to Ho Chi Minh. Tour Ends!
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.