Mekong Delta Countryside Discovery

Overview

Price from
USD $675.00 675.00
Tour code
VBT: 5F - MTB
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days + a half day
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$50
Total cycling distance
295km

Full Itinerary

cycle trip Saigon - Tra Vinh - Can Tho - Long Xuyen - Chau oc
Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - Tan An - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

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

Cuu Long hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Cau Ke - Binh Minh - Can Tho

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.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 -
Day
3
Can Tho - Thoi Lai - Thot Not - Long Xuyen

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.

Hoa Binh I
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Long Xuyen - Tra Su - Chau Doc

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.

Nui Sam Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh

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!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
Flat - easy

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02 - 04
Large Group
05 -14
What's included
Private vehicles
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
4 nights, double & twin share
Experienced English speaking bike guides
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver
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 nomral.

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 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.

Bike info

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.

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