You are met and picked up at hotel by our team, relaxes an hour and half driving on A/C van/bus through modern HCM city from Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta. We will arrive in countryside of Ham Luong about 10:00 am. To begin the morning ride with off roads cycling adventure on mixed asphalt country back road, smooth concrete paths and a short distance on single track. We ride through quiet villages into many branches of Mekong River. Have a talk with local when waiting a ferry coming back take us to further side. We will have our lunch served at in the village. The routes in the afternoon are shady, small concrete path, narrow, just enough for two bicycles but scenery is nice. We will have many stops at some family workshops making coconut fibers, and another making furniture before we cross Mekong River by ferry to Tra Vinh city
Tra Vinh is small town and it is not touristy destination for tourists traveling by bus. So it is really quiet at night. After 8:30 pm everything is seem to be closed and almost sleep. Tra Vinh province is considered the homeland to Khmer and there are numerous Khmer temples in the province. A full day cycling of today is a chance you are not only learning cultures but also cycling on deeply to traditional villages of Khmer, stop and visit some thatch houses, experience the ways of living and visit some colorful temples on our way cycling to through Tieu Can to Cau Ke. After we have lunch in town, a fantastic bicycling begins after just half an hour transfer by van/bus to Vinh Xuan. We continue explore beautiful countryside villages by cycling along canals, rivers fruit orchards and through rice paddy fields. We end up cycle and get on van/bus to Can Tho to check in hotel.
There are two most interesting sites that we must see because one is floating market and other is related to French Indochina. The first site is busy floating market in Can Tho and we are going to go there by boat. The second site is an ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le. Who was in loved with Marguerite Duras then the story became a movie. After we watched floating market of Cai Rang, a short driving taking us to Can Tho bridge to start biking. From Binh Minh to Sadec town, we bike on country back roads, through sweet potatoes, family work shop making rice powder, brick factories and pedaling along canals busy with many boats moving up and down. Our delicious lunch is serves at Huynh Thuy Le house and we have a rest before we ride to Cao Lanh city. We bike through village of flower in countryside of Sadec, then we keep our afternoon’ cycling through many small village through mango gardens, rivers and before we ride on small country back road to hotel
Cao Lanh is a new town after Vietnam War. Foreigners are rarely being seen in this town because it is not really a nice place for bus tours but bike trips are the best. The place we start biking is about 10 minutes transfer by vehicle from Cao Lanh city. The quiet rural back road though mango gardens, villages by Mekong River gives you a fantastic ride with beautiful scenery along the way before a ferry taking you to My Tho market. After a coffee break at the market, we will continue cycling on country back road to Xeo Quyt. Lunch will be served at Xeo Quyt restaurant. A local guide will lead you the way to see some shelters and a sampan rowing boat taking you into forest. If time permitted, our last ride is about 25 km on single track, through rice fields, irrigation networks, fruit orchards. We end up cycling at high road and have lunch before two hours and half returning to Ho Chi Minh by vehicle
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.