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.
Thanks again for an awesome trip
The videos do look really good, and we really loved the trip we took with you. In terms of specific feedback, the things we look back on and will cherish the most was the simple interactions we had with the local Vietnamese people and the places where they worked and lived. Obviously every client is going to have different desires, but for people like us I would encourage more of that interaction. It was part of our failing that we didn’t know any of the Vietnamese language, but perhaps a bit more translation with some people to allow a small amount of communications would have been helpful. Thanks again for an awesome trip, and we are also looking forward to receiving the cycling jerseys from you so we can show it off to our cycling friends! : ) 24-28 May 2013 Cameron and Libby Storm from Australia Countryside Discovery Bike Tour 5D/4N The trip has been a fun and interesting experience. The guide tailor made best route to suit us. Dat has been extraordinary; very friendly, knowledgeable and keen to show us Mekong's specialties. very good English and communication skill, and very considerate. 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 July, 2017
This tour has been the highlight of our holiday to Vietnam. Well organised throughout. Phuc is an excellent guide and could not have done any more to make our holiday any better. 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 May, 2017
We named our tour " HELLO 2 weddings and a funeral"
We named our tour " HELLO 2 weddings and a funeral" Our cycling trip from Ho Chi Minh City To Phnom Penh was an experience my partner and myself will cherish for the rest of our lives. We were blessed and most fortunate to have had Loc as our guide. The love and passion he has for Vietnam, its food, its people and their culture opened our hearts and enabled us to experience a country like never before. This young man of 25 years of age had us captivated the whole trip with his humble compassionate heart. We were stopped on our path and invited in to 2 weddings on the same day. Both involved doing countless shots of rice wine and food being handed to you from every direction. We were overwhelmed by their generosity, their interest in us but most of all by their acceptance and love. We also were invited to join a large group who for every year for a generation celebrate the passing of a loved one. Well this involved pretty much the same as the weddings, rice wine shots, food and packed you up with mangoes or coco nuts to take with you. For a country that has a lot to see like Halong Bay, Sapa, Cu Chi tunnels, Hoi An, Danang ......................... we did the tourist route. The four days riding through those remote villages with Loc is what we remember as the real Vietnam. Nov 28- Dec 2, 2014 Kind Regards
Thank you to Miss Quang
Hi Van, We had a wonderful tour filled with really good cycle guide Dat who was very helpful, friendly and full of an excellent knowledge and great recommendations for any and all our needs. Thank you to Miss Quang who was very helpful when we organize the booking and also thank to our driver and all the team from Vietnam Backroads. we will recommend your company and will post a good review on TripAdvisor as well. 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 June, 2014
I can not say enough about this this experience!
This was such an incredible experience, I'm so happy we chose Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. I contacted your company because of reviews on Trip Advisor and after emailing 5 - 10 different cycling tour companies. I chose Vietnam Backroads because of the exceptional customer services and dedicated attention of Quang - she is an asset to your business ! We have now finished the tour and we ave been extremely impressed by the quality & professionalism of your team. Dat is every knowledgeable and enacted . Nothing is too much trouble for him and he is a patient teacher. I'm a new cyclist still learning how to manage a bike and he has been very helpful! Cuong was very professional & friendly & always on time. I can not say enough about this this experience an d will recommend your services to friends and write a review on TripAdvisor of course! 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 June, 2014
An incredible trip across the Mekong Delta!
Thanks again for an incredible trip across the Mekong Delta! The boat ride up the river to Phnom Penh yesterday was great, and we will be continuing on up to Siem Reap tomorrow. The bicycles and gear were top notch and in very good shape. The only thing I would make sure to either recommend people bring or provide extras if they need them are cycling gloves. 25 Oct 2011
Good to hear from you. We are in HCMC today and will leave for MuiNe tomorrow. We stay at the The Luxe Hotel on 261-263 le Thanh Ton St. My wife expects to be needing size S. Would be great if you'd manage to bring one to the hotel. We had a great time cycling through the Mekong Delta.
Hi Hue, We have found the shirt and short at the reception today, the are very beautiful and are a perfect memory of a very nice trip. Thank you very much. If friends of us plan to travel to Vietnam we will certainly advise them to organize a biking tour with your biking agency!! Dec, 2012
Off the tourist trail
My husband and I have just completed the most amazing 4 day cycling tour. As hypocritical as it may sound, we hate doing the usual tourist stuff and love just getting in with the local life and culture. (Having said the our tour did include some tourist stuff such as the floating market and lunch at an ancient house-the location of the French love story L’amant, which was one of our highlights of the tour). This tour hit this with perfection. Mr Van gave us the friendliest and most helpful welcome (only the start of what we were about to experience). The hotels that he booked for us where all excellent. We booked one day and left the next and (despite bing within TET celebration) we didn’t miss a beat. Everything ran to perfection. Tha was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Not a question he couldn’t answer and was as keen to learn about us as we were about him and his countries (I say countries as we cycled in Vietnam and he is from Cambodia). Mr Lao (our van driver) was pleasant and reliable. Always waiting at the end of our rides to transfer us to our next cycle point and setting up our bikes on arrival ensuring we had water. We cycled 2-3 hours each morning and afternoon with regular refreshment stops where Tha suggested local snacks for us to try. He offered us choices of local specialities for our lunch stops and took us through a range of vistas and teraines with lots of opportunities to stop for photos or join in with local activities (helping the locals with their farming, joining in a favourite pass time of karaok-you will hear this regularly on your ride, playing football with local children or a quick cuppa with the insense stick maker, an offer we received at least once a day). Some terrains more challenging than others but all within our capabilities (we are hobby cyclists and by no means professional). The villagers are so welcoming. Always shouting “hello” and “welcome.” Even the oncoming mopeds (which you don’t see too many of) wave or high 5 you. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. A sure way to experience local life. 30 January- 03 February 2020
We had an absolute wonderful time!
We had an absolute wonderful time! Since we live in Vietnam we already knew that it may be quiet. It gave us an opportunity to see how families gather and celebrate during this special time. Everything was perfect. We will be highly recommending this trip to our colleagues and other teacher friends in SE Asia! I will mail the comment sheet to you as I forgot to fill it out and give it to Tra on the last day.
We appreciate all of your efforts to make arrangements during the holiday.
Also, we rode bikes around Siem Reap and they were not nearly as good as yours :)
I'm wondering if you have any stickers for Vietnam Backroads? We would love a couple if you have any.
All the best, 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 January 2020
We loved the trip!
Dear Ms Tam, thank you for your invitation to provide feedback. We loved the trip! - it was very well curated and exceeded our expectations even in the 33* heat! We felt like we experienced a real slice of rural Vietnam. Mr Bao was a fabulous guide: he was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, flexible, knew the area very well, was kind and had a lovely sense of humour! We were very lucky to have him all to ourselves. He explained the itinerary well. Mr Phuong was always smiling, very patient and helpful every time we met up with him. The 4 accomodations were fantastic, especially the ones with pools👍 and the luxurious Victoria Nui Sam on the hills was a perfect way to finish. The local food and drinks were extraordinary. So much food!!
Highlights for us were so many. But seeing the huge variety of farms and family businesses like brick making and noodles making and the trip to the floating market come to mind. The bikes were good but for me, as a female the saddle became uncomfofable after a few hours. A softer one would be lovely!! I am sharing a couple of pictures, Mr Bao was also an excellent photographer. We will be recommending this epic adventure to our friends, kind regards, Sarah and John Kennedy, New Zealand🚲 29 April - 03 May 2023