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!
I loved it!
Just returned from 4 days cycling on the Mekong Delta with Mr Van. Above expectations. The guide was great fun, and looked after us. He knew of all the little paths and tracks with less traffic on them. We were plied with food, water, and the accommodation was good. Mr Van showed us the different plants and trees that were growing, and he constantly bought us fruit to try. The pace was easy but we cycled through an amazing variation of countrysides. Thanks guys for a great experience. 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 April, 2018
Just returned from 4 days cycling on the Mekong Delta with Mr Van. Above expectations. The guide was great fun, and looked after us. He knew of all the little paths and tracks with less traffic on them. We were plied with food, water, and the accommodation was good. Mr Van showed us the different plants and trees that were growing, and he constantly bought us fruit to try. The pace was easy but we cycled thru an amazing variation of countryside. Thanks guys for a great experience. 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 April, 2018
The roads were fine, the distances were right for us, we would come again another year, and the hotels were all good. The only surprise was the evening meal in Can Tho as we felt we could have had better food from a street stall. That is a very small point on a very good holiday indeed. Please pass on our thanks to Phuc Tran who was an excellent guide and who we would recommend to others, as we would with Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. Softer saddles next time please! Many thanks for organising this for us - it was great. 27 - 28 Feb to 01 - 02 Mar, 2018
Very well organised with great guide
We enjoyed our trip very much. Very well organised with great guide. 30 Dec, 2016 - 02 Jan, 2017
My girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to take a 3-night, 4 day tour of the Mekong Delta with Vietnam Backroads and had an amazing time. From our first initial enquiry to the moment we were dropped back at our hotel, we were dealt with promptly and professionally. During our trip we cycled from village to village along the Mekong Delta, getting a taste of local provincial life, eating great food and meeting some amazing people along the way. During this trip we experienced a number of different sides of this region, such the fruit growing areas (stopping off to meet the farmers while they worked and sample their goods), the scenic rice fields of the Khmer people and finally the canal districts. Our guide Thang, was an absolute machine, taking care of all meals, providing cycling coaching when needed and by simply making things happen (including when a usual river taxi was unavailable, he arranged for a local coconut farmer into taking us across the river in his stocked coconut boat – which was pretty unique experience). Thang was full of information and always keen to educate us on the Vietnamese way of life and give us every opportunity to experience it – a genuinely great guy and a pleasure to spend our time with. This trip was an absolutely amazing experience – from the incredible scenery each day, the opportunity to experience culture and also experience number of things we thought we never would have (such as buying fruit and coffee from local sellers in the floating markets, watching the sunset from the top of a Mekong river taxi, and eating some pretty exotic food) to the countless kids running out of their village houses to shout and wave “hello” and wave as we rode past – truly unforgettable I can’t recommend Vietnam Backroads highly enough – for my girlfriend and I this was a very different and unique way to see Vietnam, and experience its culture from the very heart of it. We had an amazing time! Thanks Ms. Hue & Thang for an incredible experience. Shaun Hutcheson. December 9, 2013
Such an amazing tour!
Thang is the best guide- very patient, knowledgeable and awesome. The bikes & routes are great. We've learned so many things about Vietnam. We've also done so many firsts ( boat rides , our bikes, eating rice mice, etc). Such an amazing tour. We'll definitely recommend it to friends. We had a wonderful time. December 4th, 2013
Cycling Mekong Delta home-stay
If you have a sense of adventure than I would not hesitate to combine interests of sight-seeing with cycling on and off roads. The trip was made more memorable by the knowledgeable guide and friendships formed along the way. I would recommend the tours highly and plan to do another before I head back home. Thanks, goes out to Anh Thang, Anh Van, and Michael guys. Tri Pham party from Australia.
It exceeded our expectations!
Hi Vietnam Backroads Team, I wanted to send a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our Mekong Bike Tour. It exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Thang, was excellent. He really made us feel like we were a local. His knowledge and love for Vietnam is apparent, and he shared so much information with us. This was more than a bike trip, it was a cultural trip though the Mekong Delta that happened to be on bikes. Thang quickly found out that we love food and he made sure we tried everything. We have never had such good food on a trip! Thang also arranged stops along the way to learn about Temples, coconut farming, brick making, rice paper production, coconut palm leaf roofs, water hyacinth weaving and so much more. Our driver, Mr. Thao, was also very good. He was prompt and helpful. Thank you so much! 2013
Mekong Delta trip
This is his second trip Home-stay was not as I would have hoped unless there is no other option I would have preferred another hotel. Another excellent tour. Will be back for another Ms Katie: I have enjoyed every minute and have been very impressed with all the staff. From when i booked, I always had very quick responses to my emails. Our guide, Nghi was very knowledgeable and did everything. He could make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Thanks you very much! Our driver was excellent too! Mr Luke: Very enjoyable tour, well organized and got to see lots of things we would not otherwise have seen on our trip. 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 Sep 2013
I would not hesitate in recommending Vietnam Backroads
This 4 day cycle tour of the Mekong Delta, with my wife and two teenage daughters, was absolutely sensational. In addition to taking us completely off the normal tourist track, it enabled us to experience the true friendliness and way of life of the local people. However, this could not have been achieved without the support and professionalism of our fantastic guide, Tang - Articulate, informative, good-humoured and practical. Overall, I would not hesitate in recommending this Company's trips to anyone. 18 - 21 July 2013
I have enjoyed every minute and have been very impressed with all the staff. From when i booked, I always had very quick responses to my emails. Our guide, Nghi was very knowledgeable and did everything. He could make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Thanks you very much! Our driver was excellent too!
Very enjoyable tour, well organized and got to see lots of things we would not otherwise have seen on our trip. 20 -21-22-23 Step 2013