HCM - Cao Lanh - Sadec - Can Tho

Overview

Price
USD $420.00 420.00
Tour code
VBR 3H - MTB - 3
Duration
Number Of cycling days
2 days + a half day
Single supplement
60.00$
Average distance per day
35km
Bike Hire
US$30
Total cycling distance
135km
Introduction

Vietnam Backroads is first company tailor-made bike tours to the low land of Mekong Delta' Vietnam. The yearly flooded season happens from August to Oct so you can see water occupying rice paddy fields and fruit orchards. Locals are usually doing fishing and business at their home this time of every year. Do remember! we bike on country roads which can not be flooded!

Full Itinerary

Map bike  ride - Xeo Quyt - Cao Lanh - Sadec - Can Tho
Day
1
Saigon – Xeo Quyt forest - Cao Lanh

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.

Sao Mai hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Cao Lanh - Sadec - Can Tho

Get some carbs in at breakfast for a morning bicycling from Cao Lanh to Sadec. Just a 10 minute drive from hotel. We ride through farm lands of mango, some small markets which start in early morning at corners and forks of country road where locals pass by then we have a ferry boat cross Mekong River. Then your adventure biking continue riding across plantation of ornamental flowers and nursery gardens to Sadec. The town is 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. Stopping at Chinese temple  and Cao Dai temple on your way biking route. Your lunch is well prepared at the Huynh Thuy Le house. Then we continue our cycling, head off through more wonderfully scenic country, see flower growers tending their gardens, visit a family producing price powder in rural area, with more rice fields and sweet potato plantations as we approach Binh Minh Dist. Thwew is a transfer by vehicle to city center of Can Tho where we will have dinner and stay the night.

Can Tho West hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho - Vinh Long -Cai Be - Saigon

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 vehicyle 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.

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
Flat - easy/ moderate

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= 2 Breakfasts, L= 3 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
2 nights, double room/ twin room
English speaking guide throughout the tour
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 normal.

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.

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size

27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads. 27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 

1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 

2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano 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 trip

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team

27.5" Giant MTB bike - Saigon Bike Shop
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2. Trek hybrid Mountain Bike- Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon

Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills

1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame

2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes

8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team

Trek Hybrid Bike - Saigonn Bike Shop
Trek hybrid bikes - Saigon Bike Shop   

 

Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

Tha and Mr Phuong were very friendly, helpful, patient and alternative. Bike were axcellent especially basket would be even better with a bell.
The bike ride/paths were fantastic for a future ride we would be interesting in options for smaller, family- accommodation including in villages ( rather highhotels)
It would be great to see your company making efforts to reduce single-use plastic, big water tank/ bottles on bus and provide re-fillable bottles or encourage BYO bottle.
It was great that Tha was fexible in break.meals options when we shoews interest in small local options.
Completed by Sarah, Libby & Jane. 15 - 16 - 17 Mar 2019

Sarah, Libby a…

Enjoyed Viet answering our questions. He was very informative + friendly – a good guide!
Viet took us on a variety of experience – some were not usual tourist places- like the coconut factory. The routes were very varied on many surfaces lots of villages- Viet made sure we were following him. Lots of varied experience ferry crossings, local food places, etc…
Loc was very safe driver and friendly too. We liked the high quality mtb 27.5 bikes, the Rock Shox really made a difference! 19 - 20 - 21 January 2019

Michael Klee a…

Hi Vietnam Backroads,
An amazing way to see the real Vietnam with a fun, friendly + very knowledgeable guide. Thank you very much for providing such an excellent bike tour. We were very sad when the end of the third day came + hope to book another tour soon. May 1, 2014

Nisha Lucy Tay…

Dat- the guide and Toan- the driver were fantastic! They really made us enjoy our time. Dat was incredibly knowledgeable and took great care of us. The only problem was the trip went too fast! Thank you for the trip of life time. We won't forget this experience any time soon. Jeremy_ May 1, 2014

Jeremy Donald …

I had a really good time by bicycling for 3 days with Vietnam Backroads. I enjoyed watching people living in villages and greeting them, especially kids.... It would be nice if we could choose the food for breakfast, lunch, dinner with our guide and have them with him. I wanted to eat breakfast and dinner at local restaurants, markets, not in hotels. Thank you so much for your wonderful guide and I appreciated everything. A-ri-ga-to. Sep 16, 2014

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