The first day’ activities are to ride from My Tho to Vinh Long and will have a transfer to Can Tho city in late afternoon. Enjoy an hour and half drives on freeways south of Mekong Delta’s Vietnam. On arrival in Ngu Hiep village around 9:30AM, take a short break, adjust saddle to rock your bike. Ngu Hiep and Tan Phong, and An Binh islands's narrow lanes take you past lively countryside. It is perfect place to ride a bicycle. The routes where you ride are less touristy because we travel through tiny, small villages. You will find your ride interesting; cross rivers by small ferry with locals, ride pass fruit storages along river bank, hello, waving kids going back from school and enjoy lunch at the home of local. Arrive at Vinh Long town in the afternoon. There is a transfer takes you to Can Tho city.
Anyone had been to Can Tho and seen busy floating market and will never forget it! You are going to see it in action before your ride continues. A boat ride will take you to floating market before your biking starts. We cycle through Phong Dien’ countryside, the areas owns many small natural creeks across many villages. After a fruit stop at Phong Dien, we continue to pedal our bike on track by river, enjoy daily activities of local on rivers; grocery boats advertising plastic household goods, cargo boats selling sands for building, small fast boat bring pigs, ducks to local markets and many small ferries taking passengers to further side. We will stop for lunch in town of Thoi Lai. Then we continue to hit the paths and ride to Co Do and to Long Xuyen. In the afternoon, you will cycle deeply into and bicycling on paths along manmade canals as you racing with local boats, and water taxi, cargo boats and sampan. The main mean transportation over here is waterways. At the afternoon’ ride, we have a 30 minute transfer by van/bus to hotel in Long Xuyen city.
The last day of your biking adventure is to explore removed farmland, network of irrigation and waterways transports. You could image how large rice bowl of Vietnam is. Get back to your bike after 20 minutes transfers by vehicle. We continue our bike adventure cycling across a farm land with 40km. Then your lunch will be served at restaurant before biking on through a new farmland to Tra Su forest. The visit is included; sampan boat on channels and motor boat ride back to ticking office. If time permitted, we continue cycling on gentle hilly back road to Ba Chuc village. Relax on A/C vehicle to Ha Tien in late afternoon. Tour End!
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.