Cycling Mekong Delta Adventures of Vietnam

Introduction

End cape of Ca Mau province- Mekong Delta, Vietnam where water taxi is the only means of transport. Dat Mui National park in Ngoc Hien District, and it is a nature site we could spend an entire day learning daily activities of local; do fishing, trap crabs, plant mangrove trees, and water taxi systems transport. On this trip, Vietnam Backroads will accompany you to discover the incredible beauty of Mekong End Cap of Vietnam.

Tour details

Price
USD $1650.00 1650.00
Tour code
VBR: 10H - MBT - 1
Duration
Number Of cycling days
9 days +a half-days
Single supplement
275.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$90
Total cycling distance
530km
Destination
Ages to ride
16 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= 9 Breakfasts, L= 10 Lunches, D= 9 Dinners
Daily cold water, snacks, fresh fruits, facial tissues
9 nights, double room/ twin room
Pick up at/drop off at hotels
All Airport in/out
Bicycle mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
International Flight
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

After you are picked up in Saigon, we spend an hour driving on A/C van/bus to the countryside, Tan An town.  In the morning, biking takes you along scenic paths through picturesque old villages, rice paddies, dragon fruit, and vegetable plantation. We will stop for a big lunch in My Tho city. In the afternoon, the ride will start in the rural village of Mo Cay. Your guide will choose shady pathways to cycle through the jungle-like plantations on smaller foot paths of banana coconuts. You will have a break stop every couple of hours at some villages. The rest is to relax on the ferry boat to Tra Vinh.

Cuu Long hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Cau Quang - Soc Trang

Tra Vinh and Soc Trang are the homelands of the Khmer people. The population of Khmer is over one million people, making up 6.5 % of the people of the whole Mekong Delta. Today, you could explore not only their daily lives but also learning ancient history and culture. We start our cycling adventure after 10 minutes transfer from the hotel. All are smooth concrete paths through rural villages that allow you to discover, experience lifes-tyles and daily activities of Khmer, Chinese, and Vietnamese. We will spend a morning biking from Tra Vinh to Cau Quan via the small town of Tieu Can. We travel across rice paddies, along canals and villages of Khmer, passing a hand of colorful temples, tiny thatch houses before we continue biking to Cau Quan Dist. We are stopping at an arranged restaurant in the township for lunch. There is a big island that we travel through by two ferries. Ride past betel garden, sugar cane plantation, vegetable farmlands, and fresh fish farms before a ferry taking to Long Phu town. Our private vehicle is on standby here near this town. We get on our support vehicle for half an hour, driving to the City of Soc Trang.

Tin Hoa hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
3
Soc Trang - Vinh Chau - Bac Lieu

Today's ride is beautiful, smooth back roads, along river, canals; passing much fish, shrimp, salt farms, and irrigation systems. In the morning, we travel through lively countryside villages; bike through gently undulating farmland filled with large shrimp and fish farms, irrigation system, and two ferries to cross rivers before heading to Vinh Chau Dist. After lunch in town, you will have a transfer to avoid heat. In the afternoon, we bike through tranquil villages and bustling local markets of Khmer vegetable farming; Khmer is growing chili pepper, sweet potato, and other kinds of herbs before continuing bicycling on the country lance to Bac Lieu city.

Saigon Bac Lieu
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Bac Lieu – Ganh Hao - Ca Mau

Ca Mau is very new to tourists. The province has been well-developed recently. It’s an opportunity travelers love to explore new places and meet locals who have seen Westerners on television only. We pedal across salt fields, shrimp farms, and thatch houses along the forest before we stop at Ganh Hao for lunch. This afternoon gives you a chance to experience daily activities where the waterway is the best choice for people living here.  Locals use small and long composite boats with long-tailed engines. Locals love to use these transport because they go fast and go on shallow water rivers and canals. It is because country back roads here are not suitable for vehicles. We take it easy and ride unique narrow routes alongside mangrove forest and irrigation systems, see farmers doing fishing on both rivers and canals. Many shelters along the country back roads are small for ducks, cows, buffaloes, and we could stop for the photo taken. We will end up our ride today in the outskirt of Ca Mau city and get on A/C van/bus for driving to Ca Mau city

Muong Thanh Ca Mau
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Ca Mau - Dat Mui, End Cape

region of Vietnam. Dat Mui and Nam Cang Districts are still undeveloped lands. Most of the seafood serves locally is not from farmings. Today gives you the benefit of bicycle riding. You could find the hard life of happy people's interesting. We ride through untouched villages, travel deeply into the lagoon, lake, enjoy a ferry journey cross wild lake, see local raising oysters, fishes on the lake. After lunch, our private bus will take you to Dat Mui, the End Cape of Vietnam. The cape is the southwestern tip of Mekong Delta, Vietnam, which features the southwest's Vietnamese natural landscapes and cultural characteristics. A boat ride around 15 minutes to take you to home-stay. The rest of the day is to enjoy a sampan boat through the mangrove forest to help local trap fish, shrimp, and crab for your dinner.

Home-stay
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat- easy/moderate
Day
6
Dat Mui - Ca Mau

Wake up in the early morning, take a walk on paths around villages, see how local’s daily life is going on! Then we come back for breakfast, enjoy a coffee before a boat ride, take you to mudflats, catch crabs, and fish with your host. Then your boat travels on a small creek through the forest, experience the way people doing fishing. Return to home-stay, take a shower, and having lunch before returning to Ca Mau in the afternoon.

Muong Thanh Ca Mau
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Flat - easy/ moderate
Kiwi standing on oval
Boat trip
Day
7
Ca Mau - Rach Gia

This is another fantastic day; to meet the friendliest farmers on trails along the river, chit-chat, use body language face-to-face with people at local markets by rivers, and pass many stilt houses, timber factories, and mangroves forests of U Minh. There are many stops at tiny villages that Vietnamese and Chinese, and Khmer doing farming. You can see locals using the boat as the primary means of transport; cargo boats, water taxis, high-speed family boats with long-tailed engines moving from different directions. After we have lunch at a local restaurant, we'll carry on our adventure,  take the best countryside lance to Tac Cau and have some ferry crossings in rural areas before following the coastal road to Hoa Rach Gia Resort.

Hoa Bnh Rach Gia
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
8
Rach Gia- Tri Ton- Tra Su forest- Chau Doc

Our private van/bus takes us to the small town where we ready for off-road cycling in today's morning. We pedal on the path, single track across villages and wild grass fields, travel through irrigation human-made canals before we follow single trails along eucalyptus field to mountain To which is near Tri Ton. We are passing some pagodas through palm trees close to the hill. Stop for lunch at Tri Ton town. Tri Ton Dist belonged to An Giang province which owned many beautiful mountains and hilly single track and country back roads in the Delta of Vietnam. It is a chance you can challenge cycling skills and enjoy beautiful roads; see farmers harvesting chili, tapioca, and corns. Then we carry on our cycling adventure on the back road to Tra Su forest. This is the best time you explore this forest included; motorboat ride, sampan boat rowing, many kids of birds, bats when they are going back home to sleep. Have a short transfer to Chau Doc after visiting Tra Su forest.

Nui Sam Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
9
Chau Doc - Long Xuyen - Can Tho

After breakfast, our team with a private vehicle transfers you to Thot Not via Log Xuyen City. It takes about an hour and a half to reach to T-junctions of Lo Te, where we'll continue to rock vibrant countryside all the Co Tho- a rural Dist of Can Tho.  Your guide will choose the best restaurant to prepare your lunch depending on time and location. Then we carry on a dirt track to Tho Lai, a little town located at the junction of 6 canals, where we get on a private van/bus to can Tho City. Enjoy your own time the rest of today and dine with our team in a nice restaurant by the river in the city center of Tay Do city.

Muong Thanh Can Tho hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
10
Can Tho – Vinh Long – Cai Be - HCM

Can Tho situated in the center of the 12 provinces, which is known as its capital. It is not only famous for rice but is also well-known for its many floating markets. We'll have an early start by boat to a floating market, and then we head back to the hotel for breakfast. Transfer for an hour to Vinh Long town, where we will cross the Co Chien River. Then, we continue by bike to An Binh. Cycle 17 km to Cai Be town, then enjoy delicious lunch at an ancient house. After lunch, we will cycle another 15 km on back roads to Cay Lay, Tien Giang province. Transfer to Saigon in the late afternoon. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
Flat- easy/

More Info

Road Condition

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, has rural path network systems, and they had very well-developed by governments. All country back roads are asphalt, concrete paths connecting villages to villages as it's a vast network. The rest are dirt tracks, so do not worry about exploring the Mekong Delta by bicycle, even you are a beginner. Depending on the regions, lowlands, or jungles, and rural villages of each province, our hand-picked routes are the best for your biking trips


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!


Cycling routes

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 removed 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. 

Weather

The temperatures in the Mekong delta are all year round, about 25-28°C with only slight variations. The climate of the Mekong River Basin ranges from temperate to tropical. In the Upper Mekong Basin, some of the taller peaks of the Tibetan Plateau are glaciated. Much of this part of the Basin is snow-covered in winter. Melting snow from the Tibetan Plateau feeds the Mekong River’s dry-season flow, especially in the middle reaches. In the relatively lower elevations of the Yunnan province of China, the climate of the Mekong River Basin changes, and the temperature gradually increases.


  • The dry season is from October to the last of April. Farmers make three rice crops per year, so travelers meet them at their homes and see them working on farmlands. Significantly, the dry season is closed to the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. The weather is nice, low temperature and more relaxed than other seasons.

  • The wet season is called the flooded season or the monsoon season. It is the time of year when most of a region's average annual rainfall occurs. Sea level is higher than usual by heavy rains from upstream countries; Tibetan- China, Laos , Thailand, and Cambodia. Provinces in southwest of Mekong Delta have yearly flooded but not so long. It's from last of August to early of Nov. That is the best way to see Mekong Delta on back roads by bicycle.

    In general, the preferred travel time is the dry season. But even during the rainy season from May to October is also a perfect time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mainly in the afternoon, and only lasts for an hour. Only a few days a year, the temperature is below 20°C. It usually takes around one hour, then gone, and sunshine turns back to normal.

Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

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.


27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours


MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm


Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size


27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.


27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 


1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 


2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes


8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon


Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills


1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame


2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes


8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




 

 
 

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