Tan An town is just an hour from Ho Chi Minh by bus. After you are met and picked up at hotels, an hour driving you to Tan An’ urban Dist for a lovely morning ride. We ride on pathways of rice paddies, corn fields and dragon fruit. Many break stop for fruit, water. Lunch will be served at restaurant in My Tho city. The afternoon ride is about 30 km. Your guide will choose the shady concrete path way through water palm plantation and local markets. You will have regular stop in roadside for short breaks for water, snacks, fruit and relaxing in hammocks. Our day ends at countryside of Tra Vinh after a ferry crossing
The scenery on pathway to Can Tho is wonderful. Depending on group cycling ability, a tailored special route is planned for long day passing numerous villages of Khmer, colorful Khmer temples and rice fields on horizon. We break for lunch in small town. Then leisurely afternoon bicycle ride on small track along riverside through many islands and passing local fruit orchards. A big chance is to break 30 minutes on small ferry boating through some islands before we end up our today's ride at Can Tho city.
After a very early breakfast at the hotel, we will take a boat trip to famous Cai Rang floating market before cycling on narrow country road cross small natural rivers, ride alongside some rivers, and authentic villages. We stop for coffee break at Phong Dien. Then we will ride on tiny concrete paths alongside many small/big rivers to Tho Lai. By cycling, you can see rivers used as a means of travel or transport in the area such as wooden cargo boats, water taxi, grocery boats and rowing boats are moving busily up and down. Your lunch is reserved at local as planned. Then we take dirt track, trails through agricultural irrigation canals to rural area of Long Xuyen city. The afternoon ride enables you to see farmers raising ducks on both farming lands and canals. Besides these activities, can see some frog and eel farms at home of local. We get on the van for a short transfer to Long Xuyen city.
The fourth day’s ride is more challenges than the past 3 days. The type of local’s living we see today is also more characteristic than the places you have been and seen. In the morning ride, you will cycle on quiet country road through local factories making bricks, local markets and meet local who rarely see westerners at their home. After lunch, to avoid getting hot at noontime, we will have a transfer to Ba Chuc killing field for a short visit. Then we continue cycling on natural hilly back road through small villages, picturesque pagodas and stop at Tra Su Natural Reserve. A boat trip will take you through forest with tracking around the areas. After the boat ride, we continue to ride on path to Sam Mountain where we get on A/C van for a short transfer to Chau Doc. If time permitted, the ride will continue along the border to Chau Doc.
Chau Doc border town is small but it’s the gateway to Cambodia either water ways or overland. The most interesting thing that travelers shouldn’t be missed is floating villages and Cham village. After your breakfast, we will check out for an hour and half boat ride to explore daily life of people living on floating village. You will be stopped at fish farming, floating house of local and walk around Cham village. Depending on time, your guide will figure out the following options
Option 1: You will have a transfer back to HCM. Lunch will be arranged on the way.
Option 2: Taking a ferry crossing lower river branch and cycling 25 km on dirt track to Nang Gu ferry. Then we have lunch before driving back 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.