There is a long way from HCM to Ha Tien so our team will leave Saigon one day before and our bike guide will come to say hello. He will make a brief before the ride starts. You will be picked up at the dock/ hotel in Ha Tien town for transfer you to starting point. We first ride on back roads across rice paddy fields and through mountain before we continue cycling on paths to Ba Chu Killing field. Secondly, after a visit the memorial at Ba Chuc village, your guide will lead you riding on hilly paths to Tra Su national reserve forest and it is also bird sanctuary. You will experience boat rowing and boat ride through forest including rowed sampan boat and trekking into cajuput trees, wetlands that attract a great variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in the forest. Lastly, we continue cycling to Sam Mountain before we follow the back roads along Vinh Te canal to Chau Doc.
Chau Doc is small town but well-know because it has international border gate that tourist travel through from Vietnam to Cambodia and from Cambodia to Vietnam. Today's morning is to spend more than an hour motor boat learning how to raise catfish at floating village and life of poor people 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, chili, eggplant, water rice plants and fish farms along on natural creeks. In the afternoon, we explore Gieng Islet by bicycle, passing an impressive architectural monastery, local markets and stilt houses on before a ferry boat taking us to mainland. Then, we follow the back roads through mango orchards the city of Cao Lanh.
The ride will start from the hotel after your breakfast. Beautiful back roads allowed you to morning activities; see elderly woman doing business at local markets, kids going to school by little push bikes and locals going to works on moped. Stop and wait for a ferry to corss a river to further side. Then we continue to ride to Sadec; experience daily activities of locals whom look after bonsai trees, nursery gardens in flower village of Sadec. One of the historical site and famous in Sadec is Huynh Thuy Le's ancient house which is well-known from the movie "The Lover" since its getting published. Your guide will tell you about the story of Marguerite Duras who involved in the movie “The Lover” Your lunch is also well-prepared in this house. In the afternoon, country back roads and paths through lush green rice fields, sweet potato plantations and a huge network of small rivers before we get on van/bus for a short transfer to Can Tho city
Can Tho is known as the capital of Mekong Delta. Cai Rang floating Market in Can Tho City is one of the three biggest in the Mekong Delta. The shops and stalls at these markets are boats of different sizes. It is open all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. Most of main items for selling there are farm products and specialties of locals, and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung. Before your cycle, you will have a boat ride to floating market. Then a short transfer you to Binh Minh to start a half day ride. We explore some islands by bike and by small ferry boats and continue onward cycle to Vinh Long. Lunch will be served in local before a transfer to HCM
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.