Introduction

The wetland of forest eco-tourism is the Herbal Medicinal Oil Research and Development Laboratory center of Thap Muoi. It is situated close to the Cambodian border, Moc Hoa Dist, Long An province. It will include an immigration wildlife area, a natural reserve, an environmental center. It is one of the most popular Eco-tourism areas in West Mekong Delta, Vietnam. It is a typical flooded land that provides natural habitats for various species of plants and animals; lotus– water lily, water hyacinth, wild rice, cajuput and mangroves, and many species of animals, birds, storks, and fishes. The best ways to explore a unique floating village are to walk and row a boat; travel through this forest, and take a boat ride on natural rivers. It’s an excellent place for whom who loves beautiful landscape that combined natural wetlands human creation. 

Destination
Duration
Tour code
VCT: MBT-2D- SGN - 3
Travel style
Tour meets
Tour ends
Accommodation
Local home
Single supplement
15.00$
Number Of cycling days
A full day + a half-day
Ages to ride
8 years old
Average distance per day
35km
MTB Bike hire
included
Total cycling distance
75km
E-Bike hire
Small group
02
Large Group
14
Price in US$
USD $295.00 295.00
Price in VND
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= 1 Breakfast, L= 2 Lunches, D= 1 Dinner
1 night at local home
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single accommodation
Drinks are not included with any meal
Day
1
Biking to Moc Hoa, Endless Field, Mekong Delta

We depart at 8:00 AM from Saigon and leave Saigon's noisy city behind for the natural wetland of Tan Lap village. After a transfer by private vehicle, lush green rural village of Ben Luc Dist- a network of quiet lanes perfect for cycling where we start to rock your bicycle then. There are a variety of back roads and scenery we enjoy on a bicycle today. We ride on a country lane, enjoy beautiful views without the smoke of the vehicle engine. See rice paddy fields, travel through farmlands of habitats, sometimes ride along rivers, and get on small ferries to cross some small rivers. 


This enables you to combine gentle exercise with stunning scenery for a fun and exciting way to see the countryside of Long An province off the beaten track. Lunch en route, and there is a transfer after lunch to avoid heat. The after the ride will continue around 3:00 pm. We ride past through green cajuput forest remote villages and chance upon farmers at work in the fields, kids going back from school and older people gossiping in front of their home. There are many stops along the way for photos taken and for cold drinks and fresh fruit. Today's ride will end in a beautiful location where you can enjoy the views flooded area. The local host cooks our dinner, and all are fresh fishes trapped from forests and vegetables grown in organic soils.

Local homestay - A/C room
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat, easy/moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Day
2
Explore the Endless Field, visit herbal medical laboratory

After your breakfast at homestay, get ready for activities such as; boat ride through the forest, do fishing, traps fish by the nest, stop at the lepironia field, visit medical plant garden, visit a place where local produces herbal medicinal oils. We enjoy a boat ride through the forest; see peaceful scenery and wildlife of many kinds of plants; lotus plants, water lily, wild clambering plants, oily trees, eucalyptus, lepironi... Many animals and species of water creature; Swamphens, cormorant, egret, kingfisher, Raven, honey bee, bats perch, snakehead fish, cash fish, and so on, etc.


Lepironia articulata is known as grey sedge. It often grows well in acid sulfate soils. This plant is about 1 to 2 meters in height. These local couples are very famous and have used for thousand years in Vietnam as they have been used sleeping mates and handbags until now but kid’s school bags in the old days. Cajuput is the same mangrove family and cannot survive and grow well in wet, muddy soils. These trees play an essential role in Millions of typical houses in Mekong Delta since locals discovered them. It is because Mekong Delta is a wetland, fertile soils and muddy. Foundations of the house are needed to be reliable and robust, so cajuput is one of the cheap materials for locals to choose. These trees are strong forever and keep the home foundation more stable if kept in wet soil. 


We’ll stop at lepironia field on the boat trip and visit a place where local produce herbal medicinal oils. We’ll spend time visiting farmland where many kinds of oily trees are grown here. Enjoy lotus tea and tapioca sourced with coconut juice. Walk to the field where medicinal oil plants are grown. Then we return to our boat to another place for kayaking. The water here is so clear that you could water plants at the bottom. Then we return to the forest center by boat and visit the Herbal medicinal oil research and development laboratory before checking out. Most local- Vietnamese live in rural areas using herbal medicinal oils when they got sick at their home. To get oil tree's leaves to team body when local get the fever. Herbal therapeutic oil is the best thing ways to apply on skins when spraining on legs or arms. Do check out, return to our vehicle by boat for another 25km riding through lush green farmland. Have delicious lunch before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. 

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Road Condition

Mekong Delta

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!


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 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. 

Weather
  • 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.
Vehicles

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.


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Cycling to an endless field Forest Wetlands