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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.