Leave the noisy city of Ho Chi Minh for an hour and half driving private vehicle to Ngu Hiep village. Adjust saddle for fully experience the landscape, people and Mekong Delta' cultures. We cross river to Ngu Hiep Island, ride along a lovely quiet countryside road, lined with tiny villages, stop at durian orchards if you really love to taste. We cycle on smooth paths along river, and watching cargo boats moving from different direction and share space with locals on little ferries to Tan Phong Island. There are some local café on this Island and your guide will choose the best to have your lunch cooked. This wonderful ride gives you so much time to experience the way of farming, gardening and family custom. After lunch, your adventure continues as cycling and having another ferry crossing to Binh Hoa Phuoc village. Ride pass some ancient houses in An Binh Island and enjoy an amazing country back roads and network of waterways criss-cross the Island. The area is famous for its abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. Today’ ride will end up at Vinh Long town and you will have a transfer to Can Tho city.
An early start to floating market by boat after breakfast at hotel, we check out and enjoy boat ride to Cai Rang floating market. Then we leave the boat and jump back to the bikes. We begin our ride onwards to Phung Hiep. Ride on scenic route through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Have lunch in Phung Hiep before our cycling adventure continues. There will be many stops on the way; see rice husking mills, local homemade workshops, Buddhist pagodas, local markets by the river and take some small public ferries across to Phung Hiep. In the afternoon, we ride deeply into hamlets of Khmer community, passing primary schools, middle schools and colorful Khmer temples Stopping at some local houses, and meet locals, exchange culture face to face, experience the charm of the Khmer traditional cultures first hand as you explore villages.
Have breakfast at the hotel and check out for a short transfer to Tran De dock. Boarding the 8:00 am high speed boat to Con Dao Island. The boat ride takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes to get there. You will be arrived at the Ben Dam dock around 10:20 am. One of Vietnam’s a new destination. It is real nature site. Con Dao is a splendid tropical getaway set with beautiful white-sand beaches and quaint fishing villages. You can stay on beach as long as you wish. Our guide and driver will be back to Saigon with the emptied van. End of service!
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.