After you are met and pick at hotel, an hour and half drives you to rural village of My Tho to start the ride. Before the group leaving HCM city, our mechanic and truck with all bikes had leaved HCM and heading to location, in My Tho where we start the ride. All bikes are double checked before the group arrived. We start cycling from Tam Binh market, it located by Mekong River. We catch a local ferry to cross river to Ngu Hiep Island. Our bike guide will lead you the ways to explore local life on the island. Ride through durian, longan and grapefruit orchards, passing local markets and small villages along the way second ferry that will taking us to Tan Phong Island. By waiting for the ferry, our team will serve you cold water and soft drinks. Tan Phong Island is quiet and lush green island with variety of fruits, home-stay and local restaurant. After our group explore this island bike. We stop for lunch at local on Island of Tan Phong (maybe in Cai Be town). There will be many stops on the ways; coffee and water stops and family workshop. In the afternoon, the ride will continue with crossing river by ferry to Dong Phu village then continue riding on foot paths through the Island and have another ferry crossing to Vinh Long. Today’ ride will end up in town of Vinh Long. You will have an hour relaxing on A/C van to Can Tho city.
Have breakfast and check out of hotel before a boat ride to Cai Rang floating market. Your boat will go through this market slowly and you will have an opportunity to watch the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the local. Disembark from your boat for another land market where you could find all kinds of farm products here. Then we bike on smooth concrete paths along through villages, and across a network of small natural rivers to Phong Dien. We stop at local markets for fruits, cold drink to more energy to continue this adventure. Then, we follow country back roads along the natural creeks, passing schools, local markets to Tho Lai. Lunch is at local restaurant and taking a nap before this afternoon’ pleasure ride to Giong Rieng, small town, we ride deeply into removed villages, rice-paddy and crossing a network of canals Giong Rieng market. We will end up our cycling today and have a short transfer to Rach Gia city in late afternoon.
Have breakfast at the hotel, a short transfer to the boat station. Get on board at 7:30 am for 2 hours and 15 minutes to Phu Quoc Island. Daily boat to Phu Quoc schedule has 2. One is in the morning at 8:00 and the afternoon boat leaves at 1:30. You can select which one suit you best. Phu Quoc is one of Vietnam’s star attractions, mountainous and forest Phu Quoc 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. You should be ready at lobby at 7:15 AM then you will be picked for a 10 minute to the dock of Super Dong. It takes about 2 hours and half to Bai Vong dock. You should contact the hotel you booked on Phu Quoc to have a pick up to hotel. Its your own arranged. 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.