Our team will leave HCM for Chau Doc one day before so that your bike guide could meet you at your accommodation in the evening. After you are picked up in the morning, your guide will make the tour brief before the ride starting. A short transfer to a rural village of Chau Doc, then explore immense rice fields and villages along the border to Tra Su cajuput forest. Home of a wide variety of flora including lotus, water lilies...Tra Su forest has been known as a bird sanctuary and famous for its diverse wildlife. You'll have a leisurely sampan rowing boat and motorboat riding through the forest. After the boat ride, the ride will continue bicycling on dirt track to Tan Phu village, stop here for lunch. In the afternoon, our bike guide lead you the way riding through new farming lands which local settlers have been here after Vietnam War since 1978. We will ride through a huge manmade canal with water trucks moving as the main means of transport over here. Get on our private vehicle for a short transfer to Long Xuyen city
Depart from hotel at 8:00am by vehicles to rural to Thot Not for a beautiful ride along villages to villages. There will be a short break at crocodile farm to warm up body. Sharing paths with locals on bike, meeting farmers on their farmland, pedaling over wooden bridges into remote villages, see farmers raising animals; raising ducks, frog and fish along canals and on rice-paddy fields. After lunch in at Co Do market, we continue our adventure on country back road through bustling local markets, rice paddies and cycle across many tiny villages by canals to Tho Lai. If time permitted, we continue to pedal to Phong Dien. Right here, a 30 minute transfer will take you to Can Tho city.
Travelers coming to Can Tho because they wanted to see it’s real Cai Rang floating market and you can see more than what your expectation. After breakfast, check out for boat ride to floating market of Cai Rang before a morning cycling starts. On your morning biking, you explore islands on shady paths through gardening villages and tropical fruit orchards with many ferry crossings. The morning ride is stop at Tra On town. After lunch in Cau Ke, we ride through countryside rice paddy fields into Khmer villages, stopping at some colorful temples and visit local family houses at Khmer community on the beautiful country back roads to Tra Vinh city.
Your last day’ ride is to begin at riverside after a ferry takes you further side of Mekong River. You will have a pleasure to ride through coconut farming lands, fruit orchards, and passing many local workshops in villages; coconut fiber and jelly family workshop. There will be many stops on the ways; enjoy coffee, fresh fruits at local markets, small ferry stations and taking photos from kids at primary schools. You’ll meet such happy people with their daily lives on their own land. Your lunch will be served in My Tho city before driving to HCMC. Tour End!
Cycling adventures trips and biking holidays by Vietnam Backroads! you will ride on a variety of roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. We tailor make unique bike trips depending 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, Cao Lanh and Sadec...
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 maped 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 hand. All bike guides can tailor make a custom route which is suitable to your wish; cycling ability and skills. 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 disctance 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
From last of May to July is Mr Van's yearly scouting trips. He travel by motorcycle as to update new routes for Vietnam Backroads. There will be many new routes for following trips. The riding is always away from busy roads. Mostly we ride on styles of small paths, trails, single track and quiet country back road through villages, farmlands, remote villages, fishing villages, along rivers, small jungle and mountainous areas...
Each itinerary with a well-informed; road surface and road conditions. Most of trails, paths and country back roads, 80% routes that our private vehicles (A/C van/ minibus could support riders. Please, do not worry about it and daily cycling distance. Its too short or too long ! You can meet our support vehicles at intervals of 15 - 25km/ every 15 - 25km. If someone in the group would love to take a rest on support vehicles and wish to continue his/her ride at the next point. Please, get on A/C vehicles to relax. Others in the group will continue biking as long as they wish!
Please, check out some hand draws maps that Mr Van maped out from 2007 to 2013. During this periods, Google map did not work in Vietnam.
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.