Our team will pick up at hotels in Chau Doc then we spend more than an hour motor boat learning how to raise catfish at floating village and life of locals living on their small boats as their home. Then you will have an easy and relaxing cycling along the meandering banks of the Mekong River, from village to village on quiet cycling paths where you could see farmers growing vegetable, water rice plants and fishing on natural creeks. A big surprise to you is an architectural impressive monastery where you cycle to and you take easy way to explore the beautiful Mekong Delta's countryside and cross Upper River before a transfer takes you to Cao Lanh city.
After your breakfast, we check out and start biking. Your guide leads a really nice bike path through villages along river, canals; through mango orchars, passing many family workshops producing rice powder and rice husking mills. There are some opportunities discover the real rural countryside and locals living along country back roads. Stop for lunch at the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le in Sadec town, the central character in Marguerite Duras's autobiographical novel, 'L'Amant'. It considers at highlight Site in town of Sadec. After lunch, we leave Sadec for Can Tho city. We cycle on paths through scenic countryside, tiny villages with many rice powder mills and past rice fields and across a network of river before we get on van/bus for a transfer to Can Tho city.
After your breakfast at hotel, enjoy a boat riding to floating market of Cai Rang which is about 6km from city center of Can Tho. Then a transfer takes about 45 minutes to Phung Hiep for a full day ride to Soc Trang. We’ll bike to explore cultivating villages through irrigation canals; see grocery boat yelling for advertising, small wooden boats taking rice from villages to towns; kids playing in compound of school at break time, Khmer people looks after free range ducks, cows on farm lands. The bike routes in the morning are shady but opened in the afternoon. Smooth concrete paths allow you to smell and taste real life of locals, passing many thatch houses of Khmer and small pagodas before we end up today’ ride at famous Khmer pagoda. Go to hotel by vehicle.
Today, the ride will divide into parts after a transfer taking you to rural Dist by Mekong River. In the morning, we ride through the Island of Dung- (cu lao Dung). Enjoy ferry ride with locals to Dung Island where we meet friendly people at their home. Ride through sugar cane farms, betel nut garden, banana plantation, fish farms, and shrimp farms along the river. After we explore this Island by bike, we will have another big ferry take us to Cau Quan Dist, the rural Dist of Tra Vinh. After we enjoy big lunch in Cau Quan, We carry on our adventure cycling on country back roads to Tra Vinh via Tieu Can. You‘ll have an opportunity to have photo taken with farmers. See life styles of Khmer, Chinese and Vietnam. We continue our adventure cycling on easy, beautiful track deeply into some of the most beautiful villages. Most income of people here is from farming and chicken, ducks, fish rising. If time permitted, your guide will figure out and the ride may continue but should get on van/bus before dark
Your last ride will begin at riverside of Mekong River after a short driving from your hotels. You’ll have a pleasure to ride on shady rural back roads through coconut; passing many local workshops, local markets. There are some stops so that you could see what locals producing! And you also can make a chit chat with friendly people. Without your guide’ translation! You could think of ways to make it more pleasant or funny by using body language. Your adventure trip is end up at high way then your lunch’ll be served in My Tho city before you take a nap on van/bus to HCM. Tour End!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.