Leaving Ho Chi Minh at 8:00 am, a private vehicle takes you for about 1. hour to Ben Luc Dist. Arrives in the countryside, by Vam Co Dong River. We begin the ride around 9:00 am, and we bike through rice paddy fields, see farmers working on lush farmlands along scenic paths. Share space with locals on ferry crossing Vam Co Tay River. Then we break for coffee, taste local snacks, fresh fruits before we continue cycling to My Tho. Along the countryside, enjoy picturesque hamlets, pass primary schools, stop at the home of locals making hats and fruit bags from grasses. As we get close to outskirt of My Tho, we ride pass the vast vegetable farmlands, ride over small bridges through irrigation canals and hope on the support vehicles for late lunch in My Tho. Afterward, have a transfer to Ben Tre a rural village where we hop the bikes for 14k ride, take your time explore charming villages along country roads to Cocoland Homestay.
After leisurely breakfast, we'll start the morning ride from the homestay, cycle through fruit orchards, and pass many Buddhist pagodas, and small local markets. Continue your ride to the Mekong River, where we follow small paths, view the beautiful scenery along trails, and take a ferry to Cai Mon. The rural villages are ideal places for nature and plant lovers. We will immerse ourselves in the green fields of durian orchards and mangos teen 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. Then, we continue biking down the Cai Mon town, and enjoy watching the endless lush vegetation. Enjoy watching the peaceful scenery of the Co Chien River on the ferry boat to, Cai Nhum, Vinh Long. There are 3 ferry boats in the countryside for us to cross Mekong River and its branches.
In the afternoon, ride across ride paddies and verdant orchards, and pass many brick factories along rivers. The routes are open-air and a little wider than the paths in the morning. We stay on small roads along lively rivers and some sleep rivers. The complicated network of waterways and the vast fertile farmlands offer fantastic scenery and the friendliest people. It's also hard for your guide to navigate the routes to keep your speed continually. Our vehicle will pick us up in Long Ho Township and transfer 1. hour to Can Tho city.
Today's ride is fantastic, with the first visit lively floating market. The Cai Rang floating market offers bustling scenery, wholesale boats, and retailed boats bargain over prices. Other tiny sampan vendors sell noodle soup, coffee, and commodities through the floating market.
From the hotel, we'll take a motorized cruise on the Can Tho River to Cai Rang floating markets to watch the largest floating market in the delta. Afterwards, we quickly transfer to Binh Minh town for today's ride to Sadec and Cao Lanh City. The rural villages from Binh Minh to Sadec differ from previous days. We learn the culture of Vietnam and Chinses along the way, explore plenty of family farms of sweet potatoes, tapioca, and sugar canes, meander on country lanes, and stop at local homes to see how rice and sticky powder are made.
The "Lover's house" in Vietnam's Mekong Delta town of Sa Dec, which well know in the film" The Lover". Marguerite Duras lived in Sa Dec between 1928 and 1932 when her mother ran a school there. In Sa Dec, Duras, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, met Huynh Thuy Le, 27, the son of a wealthy Chinese family. The two began a love affair that inspired Duras's 1984 Prix Goncourt-winning best-selling novel, The Lover (L'Amante), which has been translated into 43 languages and sold 2.4 million copies. We stop in Sadec township and enjoy lunch at Huynh Thuy Le House. Following lunch, we bike to a famous flower village in Sadec, an excellent place for plant & flower lovers. The town offers various flowers, bonsai trees, and colourful plants. Afterwards, we cycle past the rustic country and Buddhist pagoda. Finally, you will transfer to Cao Lanh by ferry crossing the Mekong River.
In the morning, we explore local life in the wetland, explore beautiful verdant orchards of mango, ride along the Mekong river, pass stilt houses, and enjoy a ferry crossing the Mekong River to islands. Cu Lao Gieng is considered one of the largest and oldest parishes in the Mekong Delta. This is the first Monastery building site in Indochina, established in 1874. Break for a short visit to walk around, and admire the colonial building style in the area.
Dong Thap has a yearly flooded season and the last annual rice harvests before water high up. We escape the island by a new bridge and enjoy lunch in the small town, followed by an hour's transfer to Bassac River. We ride along the Bassac River, Passing Cham Muslim villages and scenic villages, and take a ferry to Chau Doc.
Chau Doc town is a small border town full of tourists daily because it is the gateway and the connecting town of travellers between Vietnam and Cambodia. You will have an early start from the hotel for Cambodia today. Have an early breakfast, and be ready to go at 7:00 am. You will transfer to the dock and get on board at 7:15 am. A local guide of Hang Chau's boat company will accompany you on a boat trip from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. He is also helping you with visa applications at the Kaamsamnor border gate. Enjoy packed lunch on board. This is a chance you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and local life on the water on the Mekong River from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh city.
Note: travellers who haven't got the Cambodia visa before the trip! and will get a Cambodia visa at the border. Please take 3 passport photos with you on the trip.
Please keep your passport, visa photos, and other documents on your day bag for your visa application process. Your guide will help you with exit and visa procedures at both Vietnamese and Cambodian border gates. Please don't keep your passport and its papers in your suitcase.
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.