The best Mekong Delta Bike Tour

Overview

Price from
USD $675.00 675.00
Tour code
VBT: 5D - MTB
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days + a half day
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
45
Bike Hire
US$50
Total cycling distance
295km

Full Itinerary

Best Mekong Delta map cycling
Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - Tra Vinh

After you are picked up at hotel, you will have an hour transfer to Tan An town to begin a morning ride. We see farmers working on rice paddy fields, ride on paths through vegetable plantation and countryside villages along the way to My Tho. Your lunch is well-prepared at restaurant in city of My Tho. In the afternoon, your ride will begin in Tan Long village, Mo Cay’ countryside, those beautiful and unique routes enable you to take time to ride on narrow paths, pass thatch houses, through coconut irrigation system, share space on small path with kids finished from schools. Then we follow a single track to Mekong River. We will get on Van/bus to hotel after a ferry crossing

Cuu Long hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh – Tieu Can - Cau Ke - Can Tho

In the morning of your cycle ride is to bike on foot paths through ride fields.  Many single tracks just enough for bicycles and mopeds as a system of country foot paths giving you wonder time crossing rice paddy fields which linking villages to villages from Tra Vinh to Cau Ke via Tieu Can. These routes allow you to ride pass traditional villages of Khmer, most of people here still keep their own traditional way of living style. Thatch houses are still popular used and associated within Khmer communities in Mekong Delta’ Vietnam. On the way of biking, we will stop at some colorful Khmer Buddhist temples so you can see monks spraying and studying in their class at temple. Right here our bike guides will tell you the big difference between two branches of Buddhism. One is Mahayana and other is called Theravada. Your bike adventures in the afternoon with exploring mighty Mekong Delta, ride pass tropical fruit orchards and mingle with crowd on bike on islands of grapefruit, Logan and orange and having funs as we spending time on small ferry boating on small bendy rivers to Island. Then we continue our adventures by cycling on paths along Mekong River to Binh Minh town.  A 30 minutes transfer you to hotel for beers for beer!

Muong Thanh can Tho hotel
Breafast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho – Long Xuyen - Chau Doc

After you observing farmers exchanging farm products from boat to boat at lively floating market of Cai Rang, we will carry on our cycling adventure with a long day bicycling to Chau Doc. Today’ morning is to explore undiscovered countryside, pedal past bucolic settlements of networks of irrigation canal, we ride to Thai Lai rural Dist then we continue following dirty track across farmland, passing rice husk mills, bamboo basket home-made to Co Do market. After lunch, we cycle past bucolic settlements and vibrant green rice paddies on wonderfully quiet track to Bang Lang stork sanctuary before we end up today’ ride at rural Dist of Long Xuyen City. Then we enjoy an hour and half driving on A/C van to Chau Doc town.

Nui Sam Lodge resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
4
Chau Doc – My Luong - Cao Lanh

In your morning’ bike adventure is to explore a low-land in Dong Thap Muoi. The areas have yearly flooded in the wet season. Houses on stilts have seen in this land for a long time but most are not solid houses and built with local materials. First, we will have a 30 minutes motor boat ride to see fish farms, floating village. Second, we bike through Muslim villages, vegetable farms, rice paddy fields and passing many rice husking mills, brick factories. At last, a pleasure time for us to cycle tiny villages on islands, experience locals on Monastery and sharing the country road with local scooters going back from work, and kids ride bicycle home from school. Especially, the ride will take you through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered rural villages by river. Stay a night in none tourist city of Cao Lanh 

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Cao Lanh – Xeo Quyt – Cai Be - HCM

From the hotel in city of Cao Lanh, we ride on small countryside back roads, after 1km, we reach to lovely countryside with green vegetable fields along rivers, passing mudfish farm. A little ferry will take us to My Tho market where we meet locals at this market. Then, we continue our adventure on paths to remote villages by Mekong River to My Hoi market. It’s time we‘ll have a short transfer to Xeo Quyt forest. After lunch in Xeo Quyt restaurant, we will have sampan boat rowed into forest, stopping at some bunkers of Viet Cong, walk to communist leader’ bases before lunch. If time permitted, the ride will continue from Xeo Quyt. We ride on single track, cross many manmade canals by ferries, pedal on concrete paths by the river to high way 1A. We spend the rest on van/bus back to HCM.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 45km
Flat - easy/moderate

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
8 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, boat rides
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
4 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

Dear Miss Hue, we want to thank your team at Vietnam Backroads, for a most enjoyable tour in April. Our guide "Buppy" (hope our spelling is right) was really great and our driver Duc. Everything was really good. Thank you for returning our money from the Duxton hotel. We will certainly recommend Vietnam Backroads as a great company to bike with. Maybe we will do another Backroads tour next year Thank you again Diane , David and Brendan 06 - 10 April 2013

Brendan Fagan …

Very good routes, good mix of urban/village area, poor/rich and farming villages.Good activities (crocodile, fish farms, boat rides, markets and floating market) The food on the set menu by the restaurants was very good (restaurant where guide chose menu, less good. Prefer if he translate Vietnamese into English menu, then we choose(even if this means price increase) Bike excellent packing up of tour very good, professional services eg. Baggage handling. Junior guide Dat has very good English - shows great promise 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 Sep 2013

Sarah Byrne pa…

Very good tour. Would recommend some tuition on riding over bridge + road awareness a bit especially for novice riders. I would never have done this on my own so very happy I did. December 27, 2013

Paul Millard p…

Thang was an excellent guide! Fun accommodating, very considerate and hospitable. We had a great time exploring the Mekong Delta and learning a bit about the region. December 27, 2013

Sahar Banijama…

Hi Mekong Bike Tours, Recommend cycling early in the morning- the heat is very bad in the middle of the day. Frozen water in bottles might be good to help with the heat. Hotels should serve espresso coffee I love the backroads. Wow, much better than I expected Highlights: - Excellent guide, so friendly, so helpful - Smiling, cheerful, happy driver - Great bikes - Viet Cong boat trip, crocodile farm - Scenery is superb .......Sarah Thornton from Australia ------------------------ Best tour ever. Dat is excellent and we were looked after perfectly We also love the drive hugely. He was very good Dat is the best guide I have seen I love the tour Thank you so much Dean Thornton from New Zealand ------------------ Great bicycle tour and our guide was excellent Ashley and Lynn Lindon from Australia. 2014

Ashley and Lyn…

Dear guys, I wanted to thank you for arranging the most wonderful bike trip for me and my son, Ian. It was exactly what we had hoped for - beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful people, manageable biking and the best guide ever. It was a very meaningful trip for us, for many reasons, all enhanced by Dat’s wise and spiritual guidance. We were not ready for the trip to end. Thank you also for helping us arrange transportation to the Wild Gibbon Tour, which was quite an adventure. 2014 Many thanks, Judy

Judith Lee Kot…

I have the backroads. Wom, much better than I expected. Best tour ever- Dat is excellent and we were looked after perfectly. Dat is the best guide I have seen Recommend cycling early in the morning- the heat is very bad in the middle of the day. Frozen water in bottlles might be good to help with the heat. Hotels should serve espresso coffee. Highlights: - excellent guide, so friendly, so helpful - smiling, cheerful, happy driver - great bikes - Viet Cong boat trip, crocodile farm - scenery is superb - amazing routes Note: in Australia everyone say "do not eat the fish from the Mekong Delta" They are concerned that the waterways are not clear and contain human waste. Perhaps you could check this and if the fish are ok, then explain to tourists that no one has got sick. Fish is ok etc. One of four of us got sick this tour- that is not too bad. Maybe the fish is ok! April 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 -23, 2014

Sarah Thornton…

Dat is a fantastic guide. He is friendly and knowledgeable. Driver is safe. The route taken is good with a variety of scenery. The bikes are good quality and easy to ride. The hotels in Tra Vinh and Cao Lanh have hard beds but overall the hotels are good. A very enjoyable trip overall. 10 - 11 -12 -13 - 14 Jan, 2017

Gautam Rao fro…

This was an amazing experience. The booking process was great with Van replying promptly to all emails. This company is very professionally run. Our tour guide Viet was very knowledgeable and showed us some amazing places that we were not aware of. This was not just a cycling tour but also a wonderful insight into the lives of the Vietnamese people. The amount of cycling each day is optional so if you are tired you can rest in the air conditioned van. I would recommend the upgrade accommodation as some of the hotels exceeded our expectation. Loc our driver ensured we had plenty of water and always greeted us with a smile. The food was plentiful and loved eating with local families. The village people were so friendly and greeted us everywhere with hello hello My husband and I are fit 60 year olds and would recommend this tour company. We are hoping to come back again another time to cycle Cambodia. Thanks Van, Viet, and Loc. 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 18 Mar, 2018

Mr/Mrs Irwin f…

, I wanted to thank you for arranging the most wonderful bike trip for me and my son, Ian. It was exactly what we had hoped for - beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful people, manageable biking and the best guide ever. It was a very meaningful trip for us, for many reasons, all enhanced by Dat’s wise and spiritual guidance. We were not ready for the trip to end. Thank you also for helping us arrange transportation to the Wild Gibbon Tour, which was quite an adventure. 2014

Judy Judith Le…

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