Our team will meet you at your accommodation in Saigon. We'll transfer 45 minutes to Binh Chanh's countryside and commence the first-day ride. In the morning, we bike deeper into Can Duoc countryside, exploring people living and vegetation farmlands and jasmine rice producers, which could grow in some areas. We break for lunch in a small town, then bike to the ferry, crossing the Vam Co River.
Your pleasure ride is on unique paths along the Vam Co River, passing small villages alongside the river that farm prawns, shrimp, and fish. Another ferry crossing will lead us to ride past the rice paddies and water hyacinth fields. The rest of the day is to enjoy the ride through agricultural canals to Cho Gao; the area and its friendly people here make your pleasant cycling a highlight today. Then a transfer to Ben Tre via My Tho City, check in the hotel.
Today's ride allows us to explore perfect countryside settings with different sceneries through Ben Tre, Tra Vinh and rustic Dung island in Soc Trang. Firstly, the easy ride on bike paths lined-coconut trees that leads you through the rural villages. Enjoy small ferry boats crossing the water channels with many stops at the local home, running sweets, snacks, and other farming products before another ferry takes us to Tra Vinh City. Break for lunch in town.
Secondly, we can learn about Khmer culture and history by stopping at the ancient temples and seeing Khmer people working on farmlands and rice paddy fields on well-maintained crisscross paths, visiting the homes of locals, and experiencing their lives.
Thirdly, from Cau Quan, we will take a ferry to Dung Island, where we'll explore the way locals earn a living on this Island. Ride past a betel garden, sugar cane plantation, vegetable farmlands and fresh fish farms before a ferry taking to Long Phu town. Our private vehicle is on standby here near this town. We get on our truck for half an hour driving to the City of Soc Trang.
We'll visit the Bat Pagoda and spend more time in its gardens to know why the bats have been coming and building their home for ages. Then we pick up the bikes, and experience local culture, immerse in truly countryside scenery, and enjoy the timeless landscape. Alongside the country roads, we'll see how locals raise free-range ducks on rice paddies, rivers, and canals. Then we continue to explore the removed undeveloped hamlets, and locals still live in thatch houses without running water or sanitation.
Stop along to taste plenty of organic fruits from farming orchards, bike on small paths by curving rivers, and race with grocery boats that advertise commodities with taped loudspeakers. Lunch en route to Phung Hiep. Ride past ancient Khmer temples, make many stops at tiny markets, and chit-chat with locals through body language. We will get on support vehicles as we reach to Phung Hiep, for an hour's driving to Can Tho City.
Boarding a boat for a pleasure boat ride passes many stilt-house along the river bank to Cai Rang floating market. This is a chance you watch sampan boats, small ferries crossing the Can Tho River, and many boats cruising to Cai Rang. Watch the most significant and busiest floating market, as it is real. Then, your guide will choose the best route for a morning ride to Sadec. Travel through lush farmlands of sweet potato and peanuts plantation, stop at local homes, and learn more about the rear life of Vietnam and Chinses along the way to Sadec.
Break for lunch in Sadec town, enjoy lunch at Huynh Thuy Le House. It's 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 as 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 has sold 2.4 million copies.
Following lunch, take a leisurely bike to Cao Lanh City with a top at a flower village. The village offers various flowers, admires the vast, colourful flower fields, and experiences the way to take care of plants and flowers. Afterwards, we cycle past rustic country and Buddhist pagodas. Finally, you will transfer to Cao Lanh by ferry crossing the Mekong River.
Start your bike ride today by exploring scient countryside landscape through mango orchards, small villages, local workshops, and smooth tracks along the Mekong River. Stop at a small cafe by the Mekong River, and enjoy watching the peaceful life, in the wetlands of Dong Thap. Farmers here make two rice crops at different times, and one of the rice crops has to be harvested before the flooding season comes, and the people also do a lot of fishing on rivers and rice fields. Cross the Mekong River by ferry to Gieng Islands. Continue experiencing people's lives and with stipping at local market. The French built charming colonial buildings, Cathedrals and Monasteries in Cu Lao Gieng between 1879 and 1889. The French priest had the materials from France, making the buildings look amazing.
Look over the Monastery, the first Monastery building in Indochina, established in 1874, visit the Cathedral, and be amazed at how people live here in the yearly flooded season, on stilt houses in the low wetland. Stopping at the bridge, view the scenery along river banks, and gaze down the fishing on the river before we hop on support vehicles driving to Cho Moi and have lunch in this town.
In the afternoon, we continue bicycling to Chau Doc, experiencing local life through green vegetation and Muslim villages, which is the home of Charm people in Chau Doc.
Today is the last ride in Vietnam, and we are saying goodbye to the Vietnam BackRoads team to continue the cycling adventure trip in Cambodia with our team there. We ride from the hotel in Chau Doc, ride on back roads along the canals of Vinh Te, pass thatch houses and stilt houses, and see buffalos working on rice paddy fields along the border.
We reach to Tinh Bien border around 10:30 AM. Immigration to Cambodia and, meet our team in Cambodia, enjoy lunch for the afternoon ride. We pedal on quiet back roads to Phnom Den. Bike routes through villages, passing local houses and temples along the way. Stay a night in Ta Keo town.
Our bike guide will lead you to ride on a small path, dirt track through villages, houses on stilts, and palm trees, and pass primary school and local markets. Visit some temples and stop at a cafe to enjoy local snacks. You can visit a local orphanage managed by 'New Futures'. Here you will learn more about their great educational work in the surrounding friendly villages. Have a transfer to Phnom Penh City in the late afternoon. Tour End!
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.