You are picked up at your accommodation in HCM then a transfer will take you Cai Be’ countryside. Your first day’ ride to experience real life from Cai Be to Vinh Long to Can Tho. Experience and share space with local on many ferry crossings, ride pass primary and middle schools before your ride continues get through countryside of Cai Be. You will have a delicious lunch at the home of local. In the afternoon, we take a publish ferry boat to Vinh Long and continue our easy ride to Tam Binh and Binh Minh. Discover local life along villages on bike, mingle with kids going back from school. There is a short transfer to Can Tho city in late afternoon.
A pleasure boat ride pass many house on stilts on river to Cai Rang floating market, this is a chance a to take many photos along river bank. You will have the opportunity to watch the largest and busiest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Take a morning ride to Sadec and explore on footpaths through lush green rice fields, sweet potato plantations and a huge network of small manmade canals. On arrival in the old Sadec town at noon time, visit the Huynh Thuy Le's ancient house which is well-known from the movie "The Lover" from getting published. Your lunch will be served in this house before you continue cycling through many villages of flower, bonsai, ornamental plants and brick factories to Cao Lanh city in the late afternoon.
Begin your bike ride today with exploring beautiful countryside roads through mango orchards, small villages and local market, smooth track along Mekong River before a ferry boat taking you to Gieng Island. Spending your pleasure time to pedal to and stop at Monastery, which was built 120 years ago by the French. This is the first Monastery building site in Indochina, established in 1874. Spending 30 minutes to walk around admire the colonial building style in the area. After lunch in Cho Moi town, we start to bike to Chau Doc, experience local life along country back roads; see duck raising on rice paddy fields, fish farming by rivers and rice harvesting. We ride past Muslim villages, stilt houses and vegetable paddy fields until we arrive in Chau Doc town.
The most interesting feature of Tra Su is that tourists travel by motor-boat or dinghies as they weave through the forest. Passengers will enjoy enormous emerald-green duckweed that blankets the water’s surface, as well as flocks of white storks that perch on cajuputs together with many kinds of birds, animals and fish. Sometimes, the boatman stops the boat and shows tourists some of the huge beehives that rest on the top of the trees. Enjoy morning ride on trails to Tra Su nature reserve forest and it is also bird sanctuary. Passing lotus fields, rice paddy and cajuput forest. Have a rest as coffee break; enjoy fresh fruit, enjoy a motor boat ride including sampan boat rowing this forest. You will experience boat rowing, trekking into cajuput trees, wetlands that attract a great variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks. Then we continue cycling on gentle hilly country back roads to Ba Chuc village, your guide will tell you what happened in the village in 1978. Then you will have a short visit to memorial of locals. If time permitted! The ride will continue, we follow the quiet back roads to Ha Tien.
A morning call will wake you up for breakfast, and then check out hotel for speed boat ride to Phu Quoc. Super Dong high speed boat will leave at 8:00 am and it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Bai Vong dock, Phu Quoc Island. You should be on boat 30 minutes before the boat trip begins. You should contact the hotel you booked on Phu Quoc to have a picked up at Bai Vong dock. Tour End!
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.