If you are starting your cycling vacation in Indochina and start your trip in Cambodia! Chau Doc is a small border town where you will meet our team one day before your bike trip starting. Our biking guide will lead you to ride on countryside road, through farmland, across branches of Mekong Rivers by ferries, visit historical sites, floating market, and flower villages before to Ho Chi Minh city.
Our team will pick up at hotels in Chau Doc then we spend more than an hour motorboat learning how to raise catfish in a floating village and the life of locals living on their small boats as their home. Then you will have easy and relaxing cycling along the meandering banks of the Mekong River, from village to village on quiet cycling paths where you could see farmers growing vegetables, water rice plants, and fishing on natural creeks. We will ride past an impressive architectural monastery on the islet of Gieng. It was the first colonist building when the French came to Indochina. Then we continue pedal past many stilt-houses along with villages until we reach to ferry boat. The rest of today is to enjoy your easy ride on smooth concrete paths by Mekong River; Stopping at some local markets and mango orchards, and get on a private vehicle to the hotel for check-in
Dong Thap is particularly famous for its natural scenery, with several bird grounds. The most noteworthy is the breeding ground of red-headed cranes, which are very rare in the world. The best way to meet locals on back roads and explore people's lives on the lowest Mekong Delta land is bicycle riding. After your breakfast, we check out and start biking after a 10-minute drive by vehicle. Your guide leads a nice bike path through villages along rivers, canals; through mango orchards, passing many family workshops producing rice powder and rice husking mills. There are some opportunities to discover the natural rural countryside and locals living along country back roads. Stop for lunch at the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le in Sadec town, the central character in Marguerite Duras's autobiographical novel, 'L'Amant'. It considers a highlight Site in the city of Sadec. After lunch, we leave Sadec for Can Tho city. We cycle on paths through scenic countryside, tiny villages, stop at rice powder mills and past sweet potato fields, and ride across a network of natural creeks before we get on a private vehicle for a transfer to Can Tho city.
The highlights that must be visiting today are the real floating market of Cai Rang and Bat pagoda in the afternoon. After your breakfast at the hotel, we do check out. Upload your luggage on a vehicle and enjoy a boat riding to the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, which is about 6km from the city center of Can Tho. After watching this floating market by boat, we will transfer by vehicle about 40 minutes to Phung Hiep' countryside, where today's ride begins. We will wander through the lush green villages and lakes through irrigation systems by bicycle. This cycling allows us to move further to the community of Khmer. Ride past sees grocery boats yelling for advertising, small wooden boats taking rice from villages to towns, kids playing in the school compound at school break. Most Khmer here lives mainly on farming and free-range duck raising. The bike routes in the morning are shady and open air in the afternoon. Open-air concrete paths lead you through the fantastic countryside to ride at your own pace and take time to capture photos. We end up today’ ride at the famous Khmer pagoda. Go to the hotel by vehicle for check-in.
Tra Vinh is the town you stay in tonight. It is not far from Soc Trang city but crossing the Mekong River by two ferry boats taking so long. Your guide arranges the best way to save your time for cycling. After a 30 minute transfer by vehicle to the outskirt of Soc Trang town. In the morning, we ride through the Island of Dung- (Cu Lao Dung). Enjoy a ferry ride with locals to Dung Island where we meet friendly people at their homes. Ride through sugar cane farms, betel nut gardens, banana plantations, fish farms, and shrimp farms along the river. After we explore this Island by bike, we will have another big ferry take us to Cau Quan Dist, the rural Dist of Tra Vinh. After we enjoy big lunch in Cau Quan, We carry on our adventure cycling on country back roads to Tra Vinh via Tieu Can. You‘ll have an opportunity to have a photo taken with farmers. See lifestyles of Khmer, Chinese, and Vietnam. We continue our adventure cycling on an easy, beautiful track, deeply into some of the most beautiful villages. Most income of people here is from farming and chicken, ducks, fish rising. If time permitted, your guide will figure out and the ride may continue but should get on van/bus before dark
You will have a half-day ride in the morning and a transfer to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon. You’ll have a pleasure to ride on shady rural back roads through coconut, passing many local workshops to produce coconut jelly and fiber. There are some stops at local home-made so that you could see how to make local products! And you also can make chit-chat with friendly people. Without your guide’s translation! You could think of ways to make it more pleasant or funny by using body language. Your biking adventure will end up at high way before your lunch is served in My Tho city before you take a nap on van/bus to HCM. 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.