Meandering the Mekong Delta 7 days

Overview

Price from
USD $1015.00 1015.00
Tour code
VBT: 7A - MTB
Duration
Number Of cycling days
7 days
Single supplement
150.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$70
Total cycling distance
420km

Full Itinerary

Mekong Delta route- Saigon- Tra Vinh- Bac Lieu- Rach Gia- Chau Doc- Cao Lanh- Can Tho
Day
1
Saigon - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

Ben Tre and Tra vinh is divided by the Co Chien River. Both of provinces are closed each other but scenery and the ways of earning a living are quiet difference. Growing rice is in Tra Vinh and planning coconut is in Ben Tre. After you are picked up hotel then we spend an hour on driving on A/C van/bus to countryside, Long An town. In the morning countryside biking takes you along scenic paths across through picturesque of old villages, rice paddies, dragon fruit and vegetable plantation. We will top for lunch in My Tho city. In the afternoon, the ride will start in rural village of Mo Cay. Your guide will choose shady pathways to cycle through jungle like plantations on smaller foot paths of banana's coconuts. There will be many stop for photo taken and fruit enjoyed at local market.

Cuu Long hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu

Tra Vinh and Soc Trang have pleasant country cycling routes. There is a big population of Khmer people living here as their homeland. Today, you could explore not only daily lives of them but also learning ancient history and culture. We start our cycling adventure after 10 minutes transfer from hotel. All are smooth concrete paths through rural villages allows you to discover, to experience life styles and daily activities of not only Khmer but also Chinese. We will spend a morning on biking from Tra Vinh to Cau Quan via small town of Tieu Can. We travel across rice paddies, along canals and villages of Khmer, passing a hand of colorful temples, tiny thatch houses before we continue biking to Cau Quan Dist. Stopping at local restaurant in rural area for lunch. After two ferry crossing Mekong Lower River through Dai Ngai Island, we continue relaxing on private A/C to rural villages of Soc Trang. Your guide will lead you riding on small country back road this will allows you to leave big city behind and riding deeply into remote rural villages. These unique routes give you a pleasure ride, passing shrimp and fish farms through villages, pedaling with kids going back from school, ride along rivers to Vinh Chau. Depending on time and your cycling ability, your guide will figure out the plan and stop to ride for a transfer to Bac Lieu. Other ways, you could continue cycling as it’s planned.


 

Tra Vinh hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
3
Bac Lieu - Vi Thanh - Rach Gia

Vi Thanh is knows as a new town after the government divided Hau Giang into 2 provinces. One is Can Tho and other is Vi Thanh province where we ride  to in the morning. It is almost none-touristy city and very new to tourists. The highlight of today' cycling is to explore a network of natural creeks through removed villages and rice paddy fields and small local floating markets on your way cycling to Vi Thanh. In the afternoon, to avoid heavy traffic in city Vi Thanh city, we will relax 30 minutes on A/C van to outskirts to continue afternoon ride. We cycle on small asphalt countryside roads, through huge rice fields, timber and rice husking mills tiny villages along river, and share space with locals on small ferries across rivers. Then we get on van/bus to Rach Gia city.

Hoa Binh Rach Gia resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
45km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
4
Rach Gia - Tri Ton - Tra Su forest - Chau Doc

After your breakfast at hotel, enjoy a 30 minute transfers by A/C vehicle to Soc Xoai rural District to begin a morning ride. We pedal on path, single track across villages and wild grass fields, cajuput forest, pedaling along river as you racing with local cargo boats. Then we follow a single track along eucalyptus field to mountain to which is near Tri Ton. Passing some pagodas through palm trees closed to mountain. Stop for lunch in Tri Ton before we carry on our cycling adventure on single track, dirt country back road to Tra Su; cycling pass many colorful pagodas, Khmer temples and palm gardens, pedal along agricultural system to Tra Su. It is about 800,000-hectare forest is home to an astounding number of wading birds. Rainy season is the best time of breeding. You will have sampan boat paddled and motor boat rode long narrow channels, through the gnarled and green sunken forest. Relax on A/C vehicle driving to Chau Doc.

Chau Pho hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
45km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Chau Doc - Cho Moi - Cao Lanh

Enjoy an hour motorized boat to catfish farms and floating village before you discover the lowland of Dong Thap province. You will mingle with children on bike on rural road through villages of house on stilts. Ride on dirt track to Cho Moi, pedal past Hoa Hao Buddhism holy temple. On your afternoon cycle, we ride to the Monastery, which was built 120 years ago by the French. The first monastery building site was established in 1874 in Indochina. Then we will explore Gieng Islet; enjoy cycling on smooth country back roads, stopping at local markets, fruit garden before we get on small ferry to Cao rural Dist of Cao Lanh. From here we will have a cycle leisurely through the countryside by Mekong River, passing mango orchards sometime. Today’ ride will end up at urban Dist before we have a transfer to Cao Lanh city by van/bus.

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
6
Cao Lanh - Sadec - Binh Minh

Cao Lanh is new town after 1975 but there were many camps and bases of Viet Cong during Vietnam war. Yearly flooded season happened from late of Sep to early Nov so Water occupied farmlands. Sadec is the old town and built by French and it become to know to tourists since the movie "The Lover"had published. It was the love story of Marguerite Duras when she felt in love with local man before 1932. You can see difference between new and old. The drowsy former capital of Dong Thap province, Sadec is a comparatively peaceful city of tree-lined streets and fading colonial villas. Your guide will lead you cycling beautiful route through flowery villages, flower plantation and will have lunch at the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le. In this afternoon, cycling adventure through the countryside will bring you up close and personal with friendly local people, their unique culture and beautiful villages all the way to Can Tho.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
7
Can Tho - Ving Long - Saigon

The highlight site you are going to see is colorful Cai Rang floating market in action. There are plenty of wooden boats from neighbor provinces coming here to do business while locals from villages nearby coming to market by small boat to buy and sell all different farm products. It’s the best time to locals coming here to do business; people try to bargain over the price, to do purchasing from boat to boat. It’s very easy to recognize what kinds of products to be sold on their boats. Then, a transfer by vehicle takes you to Binh Minh’ countryside to enjoy a half-day ride to Vinh Long. Stop at nice restaurant for lunch on the way driving back to Ho Chi Minh.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
Flat - easy/ moderate

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
6 nights, double & twin share
Experienced English speaking bike guides
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
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

Duration
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Note
One cyclist is available - From $1050

Reviews

Meandering the Mekong Delta by bike 7D/6N We touched the living in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. It was a pleasure to take part on this trip. Unbelievable Trip! We saw so much more than we expected. We immersed ourselves in the Mekong Delta with its people, culture, foods and fruits. We did not know what to expect in the beginning and were amazed about the tour. Our bike guide and driver went above and beyond for us. Thank you for that. We really enjoyed ourselves! Its wonderful how much and how many different things we saw and experienced during this trip. 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 Nov, 2017

Mirja Mattern …

Dat is an excellent ambassador for the country of Vietnam and the Backdoads tour company. His knowledge of the plants and crops was great and he allowed us to stop and see, smell wherever possible. He expertly guided us through local cuisine and balanced the need of a picky vegetarian very well. I would say that some days the mileage did seem in the afternoon, about making up the distance so if might be worth offering same option will difference distance. On the cultural side Dat was very patent answering our questions and then looking for examples to show us when he saw them, this really makes us feel appreciated. 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 -13 Nov, 2017

Caroline Harni…

Dat was an excellent guide, giving interesting information about what we saw as we cycled. I think he was able to judge the fitness of our group and get thee daily distances about right. His choices of meal stops were good and he was keen to ensure we had enough to eat, taking into account the mixed preferences of our group( two meat eaters and two non meat eaters). The bikes were of good quality! 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 Nov, 2017

Sarah Noman pa…

Meandering the Mekong Delta by bike 7D/6N Hi Mr Van, Just want to thank you, Hue, A. Trung, and Chu Hoang for a memorable biking experience. It was truly a special reason for me to tour the Mekong Delta. I have been posting my journey on Face Book so my friends & family could follow me on my journey. Please share this link with Mr Trung and driver, Mr Hoang. I will be in Saigon until Tuesday morning so feel free to call A Minh's cell phone if you wish to contact me while I'm still here. I hope to find myself back in Vietnam again soon so I can go on another biking adventure. Saigon - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu - Ca Mau - Rach Gia - Chau Doc - Saigon 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 -9 - 10 July 2012

Linh party fro…

'Van the Man' has provided us yet another superb bike tour for the second time for my group of 11 people this time. What can I say? I was so impressed with his service back in 2016 and I came back with a bigger group this time and Mr Van, once again excelled in all areas of accommodation, food, places visited (fruit plantations; flower gardens; brick factories; fish farm etc), those 'Giant' mountain bikes, continuous water supply, fresh fruit for morning and afternoon teas and last but not least were our excellent guides Mr Dat & Mr Loc. Mr Dat and Mr Loc were superb during our tour. Their attentiveness, professionalism; friendliness and knowledge of the area were second to none. We rode the back roads of Mekong Delta for 7 days where we saw and experience the real people and how they live in the Mekong Delta areas where it is still untouched by tourists. Children were always happy to see us pass their houses and their schools and always greeted us with 'hellos' and big smiles on their beautiful faces. It is highly recommended for those who would love to see the real Vietnam, its people, their way of lives, their culture and of course the fruit plantations in the delta. Go with 'Van the Man' the founder of Vietnam Backroads. It is owned and operated by a locally cycling company that provides a very unique experience to see the real Viet Nam. Once again, on behalf of my group, I would like to 'thank you' Mr Van for providing us with an unforgettable experience riding Meandering Mekong Delta with your Vietnam Backroads Company!!!!! Our thanks also go to Mr Loc and Mr Dat. 'Never say never again. 20 - 26 Feb, 2017

Swie Lan party…

Recently returned home from 7/day Vietnam backroads bike tour (march 2017 ) of the Mekong river delta area .Did not know what to expect and was blown away by the biking experience , scenery , challengers , and plentiful food and fruit . Our tour guides Dat and Loc offered great company , knowledge of the area , experience , joviality and lots of care . It was great to get out of the city and bike through the backroads and view the rice paddies , vegetable and fruit plantations , the mighty Mekong River and in general how the Vietnamese people live and produce to survive .Our tour started in Ho Chi Mihn city , travelled southwards & visited cities Tra Vinh , Pach gia , Chau Doc , Cao Lanh , Vihn Long and finally back to Ho Chi Mihn city . Our tour group of eleven people thoroughly enjoyed this unique holiday . I fully recommend this tour and company for a great experience . Well done Mr Van and staff . 20 -26 Feb, 2017

John Novak fro…

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