Ride to discover the Kingdom of pottery & brick kilns - Mang Thit, Vinh Long

Introduction

This cycle tour will take you away from crowded city through ornamental countryside, old villages of pottery and brick, flower villages of Sadec and Xeo Quyt forest. The countryside's best know leisure cycling route, so you can cycle just as much as you wish to. You will have a chance to explore the famous pottery villages in Mang Thit, rural District of Ving Long which existing more than 100 years. Travellers and locals could find a variety of famous red pottery along nature creeks, canals and Mekong Rivers. Each pottery is family business and mostly are run by locals who live and work in beautiful countryside of Mang Thit and Long Ho Districts.

Tour details

Price
USD $205.00 205.00
Tour code
VBR - 3H - MTB - 4
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3
Single supplement
40.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
included
Total cycling distance
135km
Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
2 nights, double room/ twin room
B= 2 Breakfasts, L= 3 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
Cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Pick up /drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

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Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Cho Lach

Cho Lach, Ben Tre is a home of ornamentals, bonsai, and nursery of plants and fruit orchards. There is no land of rice paddy field at all. The fertile soils and natural lands are suit to other plants than water rice plants. This is the place you stay a night at and this township is not a destination for tourists.

To begin this journey to Mekong Delta with a transfer you to Ben Luc Dist. It takes about 1.hour and 15 minutes to get to Ben Luc from city centre of Saigon. Turn right after the Vam Co River, where the first day's ride starts. The countryside trails through villages of Ben Luc , Binh Tam, Binh Lang, Vinh Cong and Hoa Tinh - all the way to Vinh Trang pagoda in My Tho were trails, dirt track, very bumpy, muddy paths and many of them closed to traffic before 2012. They are different after years of rural development by the government. These routes amongst beautiful countryside and rural villages allow you to ride bicycle deeply into villages. Locals are very pleased with all concrete paths and asphalt country back roads because kids are able going to school by bicycle without help of their parents and people has more opportunities to do business as well as doing agriculture farming conveniently. No better way to enjoy the lovely countryside by bike in the area! This is the best way for tourists who love seeing the countryside and meeting locals by bicycle. Enjoy your ride across rice paddy fields, cross river on ferries and stopping at colorful Buddhist temples. Enjoy the views that look onto farmlands; water melon, dragon plantation and nice villages. Enjoy lunch before a visit to Vinh Trang pagoda in My Tho. Then you will have a transfer to Cho Lach to check in the homestay. Spend the rest time on swimming pool. Dine with your host at farm stay.

Homestay Gite Nam Hien Mekong
Lunch / Dinner
20 - 45km
Flat - mixed dirt track & concrete paths
Day
2
Cho Lach - Mang Thit - Vinh Long - Sadec

After your breakfast at home-stay, have some photos taken with your host before loading your luggage on support vehicle. Then we start cycling from homestay to market of Cho Lach. Ride passes nursery, bonsai plants. From the market, you can see the colonial old bridge over the canal. It’s the canal French built to connect Mekong River to Saigon River for water transport. Then we continue cycling to Co Chien River to have a ferry to Mang Thit, Vinh Long. Here we are in the Red Kingdom of Vinh Long, Mekong Delta’s Vietnam.

Pottery and bricks making in villages of Mang Thit and Long Ho districts of Vinh Long province, Mekong Delta’s Vietnam is a cottage industry for over hundred years and it’s still exist and develop to these day. People still use the old techniques to make a wide variety of pottery and bricks. In the past time, locals made yin and yang tiles but many mills were abandoned because yin and yang ties are not popular for years. All mills, kilns and factories are located by branches of Mekong River and canals because of water transportation in the past and currently days. There are more than thousands of households in districts of Mang Thit and Long Ho now working in the production of brick and pottery. 

Coming here to admire the techniques of making a wide variety of clay products you are not only be welcoming but also have an opportunity to see every corners of villages. Explore the traditional pottery villages which over hundred years. Most of products are handmade for Vietnam’s and oversea markets.
Ride a bicycle on country road, visit some special and unique old kilns, and see how people make variety of beautiful pottery in clay. The ride of this morning is about 25km many stop at oldest kilns and mills including ferry crossing Co Chien River. That is enough for this morning. We get on van/minibus for a transfer to Vinh Long town. Enjoy lunch at restaurant by Co Chien River. Afer lunch, our van/minibus will take us to Cai Tau for the afternoon ride. It the pleasant ride so we take it easy on paths, through small villages along the country road and river branches and creeks. We get on support vehicle in outskirt of Sadec town. Do check in hotel and dine in town in the evening.    

LIFE House Sadec
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Flat - mixed dirt track & concrete paths
Day
3
Sadec - Flower villages - Xeo Quyt forest - Saigon

For the locals as Vietnamese Sadec is famous with flowers of rose and bonsai plants and it’s always colorful and stunning in the Mekong Delta and more and more when the Lunar New Year coming. Sadec got to know and attracted oversea tourists since 1984 when the Duras's 1984 Prix Goncourt-winning novel was published. The French writer Marguerite Duras lived in Sa Đec during the three- to four-year period between 1928 and 1932. Her mother ran a school on the corner of Hung Vuong and Ho Xuan Huong, where a school still exists today. Duras met Huynh Thuy Le, the son of a wealthy Chinese family, and the two became involved in a love. The house located by river and near the market. We will visit this house and you will be told about the loved story of Marguerite Duras before we start our last day ride to villages of flower and Xeo Quyt forest. Enjoy riding on small paths along Mekong River to the home of flower which not far from Sadec.  Spend time to wander through villages and experience to way to grow plants of flower. Then we take a ferry to further side of Upper River and continue cycling to Xeo Quyt forest. It was an Army base of Viet Cong before 1975. You will have sampan boat rowed into natural creeks pass some thatch houses and bunkers of Viet Cong. Then have at restaunrant nearby before returning to Ho Chi Minh in late afternoon.
 

Breakfast/ Lunch
20 - 35km
Flat - mixed dirt track & concrete paths

More Info

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 normal.

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 boxes



A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people

We provide 2 vans and 1 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.

 

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours

MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm

Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size

27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.

27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 

1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 

2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano 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 on road and off-road riding

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team



2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon

Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills

1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame

2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes

8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team


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Note
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Photos

A morning ride in countryside of Long An
Monkey bridge still somewhere in the delta
Visit the family of locals in Sadec
Sadec town is the only town stills owned numerous colonial villas in Mekong Delta
Pick up water hyacinth to feed farm raised ducks, chickens and bigs
Sampan rowed boat at Xeo Quyt forest
Sampan rowed boat at Xeo Quyt forest
A ferry boat in countryside of Sadec