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!
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.