After you are met at your accommodation in HCMC, an hour A/C van driving you south from Saigon to Tan An’ countryside. We start cycling through tiny villages, rice paddies, corn farms and vegetable to My Tho. On your riding, there will be many stops at local markets to enjoy fresh fruits and cold drinks. The morning cycle is about 25km. After lunch, you will have an hour drive to My Phuoc Tay village to avoid getting hot at noon. There are beautiful country paths along villages and rivers to Xeo Quyt. You’ll find yourself on quiet country back roads and tracks skirting the edges of winding creeks and fields of rice, observing the activity at markets alongside canals, and enjoying scenery all the way to Xeo Quyt. It was the heart of the Viet Cong resistance to the U.S. We’ll need to take ferries to get to the area of the former Xeo Quyt base, which lies under the canopy of a huge cajuput forest. From there a former Viet Cong soldier who was stationed there will take us by rowboat to see the actual base and its small tunnel network, and relate the story of his and his comrades’ time there as we consider the sacrifices made. If time permitted we continue our ride on country back road to Urban Dist before a transfer taking us to hotel.
Get some carbs in at breakfast for the ferry ride across the Mekong, and then the ride through plantation after plantation of ornamental flowers, to Sa Dec, one of the last remnants of old Indochina in Viet Nam, still displaying it’s French architectural heritage in French-built villas along the canal. There’s a really old Chinese temple there too, if that’s your thing, and some amazing brick kilns (really!). We’ll have lunch here before heading off through more wonderfully scenic country, see flower growers tending their gardens, with more rice fields and sweet potato plantations as we approach Can Tho, the ‘capital’ of the delta region, where we will have dinner and stay the night.
It’s said that from a high vantage point in Can Tho you can see rice growing all the way to the horizon. Amongst all that rice is a maze of waterways connecting villages to other villages, and all of them converging on Can Tho, home to the biggest, floating Market in the delta, the Cai Rang Market. Don’t forget your camera, this market is mind-blowing! Breakfast, coffee, a bus transfer and a ferry will get us to Vinh Long town. Where is the last day' cycling begins with taking a ferry to An Binh Island, where we’ll start a fantastic ride taking in some great tropical orchards and creek crossings, to Cai Be town. Lunch finished, if we have more time, we’ll saddle up for the last leg of the tour, an invigorating, intoxicating ride through tropical fruit orchards to Cai Be town ship. Take in the scent of the various fruits as you enjoy cycle touring at its very best! Return to the HCM city.
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.