Depart from Ho Chi Minh city at 8:00 by private vehicle. After one hour driving on freeway, we arrive at Tan An’ rural village where your cycling holiday starts. The morning ride is about 25 km on countryside rural roads, going through dragon vegetable farming; pennywort…….and corn plantation and ride paddy fields. You will have many stops on the way so you can visit family workshop, have photo taken and enjoy coffee and fruit at local market on the ways. We will have lunch served at nice restaurant in My Tho city. On your cycling adventures in the afternoon, we will ride pass fruit gardens, nice and lively villages that locals doing their business at home. We arrive at local home-stay and stay peaceful night in countryside home-stay
Cho Lach and Cai Mon are Dists of Ben Tre and very well-know with mangosteen fruits, nursery gardens, ornamental plants and bonsai trees. This is a chance you could meet locals and experience, and learning technique these plants. Visit some greenhouses of locals, also having lunch at home of people. In the afternoon, we continue cycling on paths by small branches of Mekong River to Dinh Khao ferry, Vinh Long’ countryside where we get on A/C van for an hour driving to Can Tho city
Anyone had been to Can Tho and seen busy floating market and will never forget it! 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. In the afternoon, we cycle on narrow paths, pass thatch house on stilt by canals, see sampan boats used along long tails engines to carry farm products to home, to markets. The main mean transportation over here is waterways. We will stop at Bang Lang storks before have a short transfer to Long Xuyen city in late afternoon. If time permitted, we could have one more interesting place to see; crocodile farm.
On your last day of bike adventure is travel cross a farm lands, experience people lives in removed villages where boats is main mean transportation. It was really quiet area and not so many people live here before 1975. But today is a nice place for bike adventures because governments encouraged people from big city moving to this place to make settlement. It’s the chance for us see the new way of local living. By cycling in the afternoon, we take an easy ride along a beautiful back road with only the occasional scooter passing by and ride over a number of rickety bridges to cross. Stop at Tra Su forest for a short boat ride to experience before you enjoy beautiful rice paddies and blue skies through mountain side of Tri Ton on country back roads to Tri Ton then to Ba Chuc village. It was a killing field before. Spend time on walking around memorial before a transfer taking us to Ha Tien town. Tour end!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.