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!
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.