Cycling holidays Mekong Delta - Phu Quoc Island

Overview

Price from
USD $390.00 390.00
Tour code
VBT: MBT3B - SGN - PQ
Duration
Number Of cycling days
2 days
Single supplement
50.00$
Average distance per day
30km
Bike Hire
US$20
Total cycling distance
115km

Full Itinerary

Bicycle riding Saigon - Can Tho - Rach Gia - Phu Quoc
Day
1
Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long

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.

Can Tho West hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Can Tho – Thoi Lai - Giong Rieng - Rach Gia

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.

Hoa Binh Rach Gia resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 75km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Rach Gia - Phu Quoc Island

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!

Breakfast
Kiwi standing on oval
Super Dong boat

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02 - 04
Large Group
05 - 14
What's included
Private vehicles
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
2 nights, double & twin share
Super Dong boat to Phu Quoc Island
Pick up at hotels/drop off at Bai Vong dock
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver
Road Condition

Mekong Delta
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!

Bike routes
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. 

Flexible route
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.

Weather

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.

Vehicles

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.

Bike info

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.

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Guaranteed to depart

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2 cyclists are available - From US$350
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2 cyclists are available - From US$350
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2 cyclists are available - From US$350
Duration
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2 cyclists are available - From $350

Reviews

We did the HCMC -> Phu Quoc "3D 2N" (really 2D 2N), which was overall fabulous. The roads were excellent with few motorbikes and varied terrain. The tour itself was beautiful. Our guide Cong was very accommodating, nice, knowledgeable, and flexible to our needs. It was great to have a home cooked lunch at his family’s house. The bikes themselves were in great shape, and the van was also very comfortable with a great driver. I give 4 stars instead of 5 because of two main issues. First, while Cong was wonderful, he didn't quite have the humor reflected in the reviews of some other guides (though I think part of this may be that I often had a hard time understanding his English). Secondly, the owners of the company emphasized that every trip is flexible and distance per day can be tailored to what you want - I really had to advocate for biking more than 40km/d on our trip. In the end, Cong accommodated this on the second day, but I had to push for it. If you want longer distances, I recommend you email ahead of time to see if what you want is possible, then reiterate this again with your guide on day 1 of your trip. Overall, very worth it and a great way to see the Mekong delta. 20 - 21 - 22 Jan, 2018

Lindsey Wuu fa…

Thank you so much! We would have never seen the villages with friendly people without Phuc. We had the moment of wonderful experiences & sightseeing that we did without your cycling tour. We wish we have time to do more. Phuc was so welcoming and knowledgeable. We can’t say enough good things about the tour. Thank you for your welcoming us with open arms. 06 - 07 - 08 Dec, 2016

Julie and Matt…

I would just like to say a big thank you for an amazing tour on our recent visit to Vietnam. Dat was a fantastic guide and he really brought the trip to life with interesting talks as we cycled along, it really added a lot to our trip. The rest of the team were also great as well and made sure the journey was totally faultless. We will definitely do another trip with you when we visit Vietnam again, it was the most enjoyable part of our two weeks visit to the country. 22 - 23 - 24 Oct 2015 Thanks again.

The McGroarty …

Very enjoyable and good to see places that there were not many tourists. Mekong People are very friendly and welcoming. Loc shared us so many things and life interesting ways of Mekong Delta and its people. Thank you for a great trip!. 12- 13 - 14 Jan, 2015

Rowan Jessie a…

We enjoyed our tour very much. Our guide was very informative, we enjoyed stopping to look at scenery, fruit trees and see people making things. We loved tasting many fruits and foods. We liked the boat ride to floating markets. We appreciated the flexibility in the biking. 26 - 27 -28 Dec, 2015

Samantha famil…

Dat was very professional, helpful, friendly, prepared . He was fantastic. I appreciated his explanations. He was knowledgeable about the land + culture The lunch on the first day was excellent. Hotel was excellent. I really enjoyed the trip to floating market. Mr. Huy was an excellent driver and helpful with equipment. In the future, should make sure the back- up equipment is good. This time, when we had a flat tire, the spare was unusable. Bernie Brass. 26 April, 2014

Bernie Brass f…

Our guide was very attentive, knowledgeable, kind. We were in very good hands. He is a lovely person. He mad the tour special. The driver- Mr. Huy was also wonderful. We had lots of snacks, meals, drinks. All really good. The sights biking and on car and ferry were so nice, including the visits to the markets. The Mekong Delta is a unique and beautiful place. THANK YOU!...April 26, 2014

Matteson from USA

Huy was a great guide – very knowledgeable and great sense of humor. He made sure that we had plenty of food and water and local treats. I would have preferred a different hotel uncomfortable beds, no windows, but did not affect our trip overall. I would recommend Vietnam Backroads and especially Huy! Megan: Huy was a great guide! He made the trip easy. His English is excellent and he is very knowledgeable on the history and culture of Vietnam, At some times he went a little too fast for me to keep up with but other than that it was a great four day trip! 2 - 5 Jan 2012

Dave family fr…

I have had an amazing time on this trip and has easily been the most enjoyable part of our holiday so far. Our guide- Thang is incredible. His knowledge has taught us so much about Vietnam and the way he tailored the tour so that we weren't around lots of tourists which makes it even better. We really want to see the real Vietnam and Thang showed us that. The restaurant on the first night wasn't great though, a little too touristy for us but it might be perfect for others. Thank you so much for organizing this trip. We've really had a great time! 26 Feb, 2014

Aaron Childs f…

Our trip was a great journey and the best way to see the people and their lives in the Mekong Delta. My only complaint was the bed in the hotel, room first night. It was too hard Everything else was exceptional.

Malcolm Campbe…

A wonderful insight into the real Mekong Delta. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and will recommend it to others. Thank you Thang for your time and your interest in showing us these beautiful people, amazing scenery and exceptional food. January 5, 2014

Susan Campbell…

Thang was a really excellent guide who has great knowledge and passion about his country. I feel as if I know much more about Vietnam. The food was a particular highlight as we stopped at many local places and samled a great range of food. The hotel on the first night was fine. Then dinner on the first night was ok, but I think we preferred the food from the market Thang showed us. This has been a really wonderful tour, and I will definitely be recommending it! Thank you. 26 Feb,2014

Sam Ellis from…

As we are budget travellers this trip was a big cost for us but we had an excellent time so very glad we did it. We were never pressured in tipping or buying things and snacks/drinks were provided whenever we felt like it which was a good touch. Guide was great fun and made the trip more enjoyable. Dinner was also very good. Very friendly guide. The journey was just challenging. Minivan' diver always providing enough water, snacks. The trip to experience the Mekong Delta was very accommodating to our needs. Ms Quang in the office in Saigon was so nice and helpful too.

Thomas Naisby …

We did 3 day 2 night bike ride through the Delta...it was wonderful. We love our guide. Day one was a lot of riding in concrete paths along country side, rural villages, taking a ferry to island etc. Day 2 was a combination of biking and boat exploration to the floating market. It was a long van ride to Rach Gia where our guide took us to a nice restaurant. In the morning the guide arranged a taxi for us to the docks where we took the boat to Phu Quoc. We wanted to end our trip on the island,so the itinerary of this trip worked for us.
I think you see so much more with 2 days biking than just a one day excursion from HCMC. We loved it. It was so interesting to ride through the villages, try the various fruits, hear the children laughing and saying "hello"....etc. We enjoyed the boating morning and the floating market.
It is really only 2 days riding since Day 3 is the trip to Phu Quoc.
Much of the riding is on conrete paths and very safe....occassional areas that need repair etc, but over all good. Most of the riding is quite flat except for the little narrow steep bridges over the canals.
The mountain bikes we had were excellent....everything in great working order. You should do it! 21 - 22 - 23 Nov, 2018

Lynn Adele Voo…

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