Beautiful countryside back roads Ha Tien - Ho Chi Minh

Overview

Price from
USD $450.00 450.00
Tour code
VBT: MBT3C – HT - SGN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3 days
Single supplement
60.00$
Average distance per day
40km
Bike Hire
US$30
Total cycling distance
190

Full Itinerary

Riding route Ha Tien - Rach Gia - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh
Day
1
HaTien – Rach Gia

Mekong Bike Tours's team will welcome you at the Xa-Xia border/at your hotel in town of HaTien. Today you can get away from the most tourist places and explore the villages where there is no fresh water.  We will ride past mangrove forest, brick factories, thatch houses and irrigation system. Have coffee break along villages, enjoy local snack along the ways. Then carry on dirt roads alongside the waterway to Kien Luong town. If time permitted, your adventures will continue on back roads before we have a short transfer to Rach Gia in the afternoon.

Hoa Binh Rach Gia Resort
Lunch/ Dinner/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Rach Gia – Vi Thanh – Can Tho

There is a transfer by vehicle to Giong Rieng after your breakfast. Enjoy a nice coffee to warm up before biking to Vi Thanh city. Have lunch in the countryside, then bike on a dirt track, through beautiful country roads, to the outskirts of Can Tho. Pedal past rice fields and fruit orchards, rice mills. Your guide will give you your own space cycling on many dirt tracks enters small villages by rivers. This is the way you witness water activities in the surrounding area and experience people lives. Overnight in Can Tho

Can Tho West hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 -80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho - Floating market - HCM

Can Tho is known as the capital of Mekong Delta. It is famous for its floating markets, where people sell and buy things on the river. The best time to see is from 6 to 8:00AM. Your boat ride starts at pier of Ninh Kiều. Cai Rang floating market is one that travlers love to go there and see. The shops and stalls at these markets are boats of different sizes. It is open all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. Most of main items for selling there are farm products and specialties of locals, and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung. Before your cycle, you will have a boat ride to floating market. Then a short transfer you to Binh Minh to start a half day ride. We explore some islands by bike and by small ferry boats and continue onward cycle to Vinh Long. Lunch will be served in local before a transfer to HCM.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
Flat- easy/ moderate

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
9 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02 - 04
Large Group
05 - 14
What's included
Private vehicles
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
2 nights, double & twin share
Experienced English speaking bike guides
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver
Road Condition

Mekong Delta
Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on a variety of roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. There are four Ethnic groups of people ling in Mekong Delta of Vietnam. They are  Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. According to locations, provinces lowland, jungles and Islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, hictorical sites/relics, countryside villages and removed hamlets and sandy beaches create  sceneries, landcapes and offer plenty of opportunities for cyclists to see people lives and enjoy beautiful countryside and different cultures of locals. However, Mekong Delta River has thousand branches; natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are so important in countryside and riders have no choice!

Bike routes
We tailor make unique bike trips depend on the specific route and terrain of your tour. Vietnam Backroads is first cycle tour operator exlore 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 also the path finder is Mr Van nick named "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously researched, investigated and scouted out and mapped out before hand by Mr Van the man. All of our guides are well trained in bike maintenance and navigation and know all routes as they are on their hands. All bike guides can tailor make a custom route which is suitable to your wish; cycling ability and skills. 

Flexible route
You do not have to ride the exact kilometer which are indicated on the tour itineraries. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose some longest distance that more than 80km per day if a full day ride. You could spend more time on cycling if you think the biking distance is too short !, or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time to take photos, to stop at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.

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. In fact, 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 last of April. Farmers make 3 crops of rice per year so travelers not only meet them at their home but also seeing them working on farmlands. Especially, dry season is closed to Vietnamese Lunar New Year and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. Weather is nice, low temperature and cooler than other season.

- The wet season is called 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 as 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. Its from last of August to early of Nov. Its 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 really good time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mostly in the afternoon and only lasts for an hour or so. 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 nomral.

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 A/C 16 seater van.Two people seat on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seat will be fold up so all bikes will be uploaded here.

A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people
There will be 2 vehicles to support riders on entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, ice box to keep cold drinks....

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...Ice box

A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people
We provide 2 minibuses 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.

Bike info

Mountain Bike wheel size 27.5 with hydraulic brake: S = 15", M = 17", L = 19", XL = 21".

- Each bike has a handlebar bag

1 - Good quality and lightweight Giant MTB 27.5" frames 

2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , good choice for off riding

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

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - 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 off road riding and touring long trips

9 - Good soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van's team.

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Reviews

I am sorry it is not more constructive but really I have no criticisms. For us we were very lucky as you we incredibly flexible and could be as there were just the two of us. You have two converted bike tourers! As for value for money it is certainly not the cheapest trip but good value for what we do, the quality of equipment and for 2 comfortable hotels. However payment is tricky! I understand the need for a deposit but it was surprisingly difficult to do an international bank transfer. None the less I was more comfortable with doing that than supplying my card details. Payment of the balance at the end would have been much easier to do with a card or knowing dollars was your preferred method of payment I would have taken dollars out in Cambodia and carried them with me. So maybe some more info on that before the tour could have been helpful. Anyway thank you again for a fantastic few days - a real highlight of the trip as a whole! I hope it is ok but I suggested my biking friends from Cambodia get in touch if their tour is taking them through Saigon. Feb 2012

Lucy Davies from UK

Ms. Hue, My sister and I just got home after our month-long travels in Southeast Asia. We had an amazing trip! We really enjoyed our experience with Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. Our guide, Nghi, and driver, Mr. Loc, picked us up promptly from our hotel in Ha Tien. Mr. Nghi showed us how to adjust the bicycles and then we were off on our adventure! The bicycle tour was a great way to experience the Mekong Delta. We biked through many villages and saw the surrounding countryside that we probably wouldn't have seen otherwise. It was an eye-opening experience as we biked through villages and greeted the local people- many of whom had not seen a foreigner in a long time. We would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours! We would suggest that drinks be included in the price of the tour for lunches and dinners. Also, if it would be possible to set up payment through credit card on your website that would be a lot easier than the hassle of the money transfer. 6 - 7 - 8 July 2012

Erica Kaser & …

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