Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, then begin this journey with 1. hour transfer out of Ho Chi Minh, and the ride will start in Ben Luc. Experience the gateway to Mekong Delta, to My Tho. These routes amongst beautiful countryside and rural villages allow you to ride a bicycle intensely into villages. No better way to enjoy the lovely countryside by bike in the area! It is the best way for tourists who love seeing the country and meeting locals in rural areas.
Enjoy your ride across rice paddy fields, cross a river on ferries, and stopping at colourful Buddhist temples. Enjoy the views that look onto farmlands, watermelon, dragon plantations, and pleasant villages. Break for lunch in My Tho. Following lunch, transfer to Ben Tre, the countryside, homestay, check, enjoy swimming for the rest of the day.
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll cycle from the homestay, explore tiny villages on small coconut tree-lined paths through villages, and mingle with locals on mopeds on country roads. Stop at small markets along the villages, enjoy fresh fruits and coconut milk, experience the life of villagers, and share space with locals on the Tan Phu ferry boat to Cho Lach. Then carry on the ride through ornamental lands, bonsai trees and lush ornamental plants, and nursery gardens. The rural villages are ideal places for nature and plant lovers. We will immerse ourselves in the green fields of durian orchards and mangosteen in the countryside we ride past. We mostly travel on shady paths and cross numerous rivers on small bridges and little ferries—lunch en route at a nice restaurant in town, Then ride to Phu Phung, pedal along small rivers, to Binh Hoa Phuoc. Have a ferry crossing Mekong River- Dinh Khao, and hop on suport vehicles for 1 hour driving to Can Tho City.
After a hearty breakfast, we check out a motorized boat to the floating market. It's one of the bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta region. Most villagers come to the floating market by sampan boats filled with fresh fruits and vegetables early morning. Here are at the floating market, locals exchange goods from wholesale boats to smaller vessels. All the trading activities of locals create the fantastic picturesque. Your boat will move slowly to get close up, and you can capture the market in action.
Afterwards, we disembark the motorized boat for the last day of your Mekong adventure tour. We ride to explore the countryside side and backwaters of Phong Dien and Binh Thuy rural Dist. Visit the oldest ancient house. It is one of the mandarin landlords' houses in the 19th-century in the Mekong Delta. Built in 1870, and the house structures was a blend of Asian and European culture and characteristics. The exterior was French style, but the interior was a traditional Vietnamese house. The house was a filming location of "The Lover" in 1992 based on Marguerite Duras's novel, who loves Huynh Thuy Le between 1928 to 1932 in Sadec township. Lunch en route before we return to Saigon by vehicle.
Leave Ho Chi Minh early in the morning, transfer 1.5 hours on freeways to Dau Day, Dong Nai. We undulate rubber plantations, chilli pepper, fruit orchards, rice paddies, lively villages, passing lush hills. We have a chance to taste many kinds of fruits in the fertile red soils; rambutan, jackfruits, avocado, etc. Enjoy the agricultural landscape and the open fields on amazing gravel routes. The route is more undulate and mixed of gravel routes, concrete passing beautiful churches through the countryside, smooth asphalt, and small roads through the rubber plantations. There are many tiny markets in rural along the way as the chances for us to meet locals. Admire peaceful scenery in the surrounding lakes along La Nga River, visit some Buddhist pagoda before we end up today's ride in La Nga.
We will have a late lunch in La Nga, then transfer to Cat Tien park. Check-in the hotel, take an hour motorboat ride on Dong Nai River, have stunning views of the river bank and forests. Listen to birds singing, see a sunset, and return to the hotel. Join the night spotting tour by jeep to see wildlife that people rarely see. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in the park.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a jeep transfer of about 9km, where you hike on trails through the jungle crocodile swamp. Here is your opportunity to learn the fauna, flora of the park. This wetland is a beautiful lake surrounded by the jungle and home to many crocodiles. You will immerse yourself in the beauty of the diverse flora species found in the park. Take a break, view the peaceful natural landscapes, walk along with endless photos, return to the hotel, check out for a half-day ride to Dinh Quan.
We ride along Dong Nai River to Ta Lai Ethnic village, where you will explore the history and tradition of the Ma, Stieng, and Tay ethnic groups. Then we follow small tracks through rice paddies, volcano rocks and foothills. We keep on biking the undulating back road, past chilli pepper, coffee plantation and finally, we end up the ride at a rural village near high way—lunch en route. Return to Saigon in the late afternoon.
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.