After an hour driving on A/C to Ben Luc town, your bike guide will choose the best route for a morning cycling. We ride pass sugar cane farm, dragon fields and cycling through tiny villages not only in countryside of Long An province but also in Tien Giang province. There are many interesting things that we will see on our cycling country roads; farmers harvesting crops, raising duck behind family’ land, fish farm at local home. In the afternoon, the easy ride in the afternoon is to start at Ham Luong Bridge. We take our time to explore lively villages, see locals’ on moped carrying fruits to market, pigs are traveling on motorcycle to city as one-way trip, woman take turn to doing farm work in gardens while their husbands drinking and playing Chinese chess. Having a rest at ferry station to cross river to Tra Vinh city.
Tra Vinh and Soc Trang have a very big population of Khmer. Most local here mainly leave on farming, gardening. Amazing networks of path, rural countryside track giving you an opportunity to ride deeply to Khmer community. Today, you could explore not only daily lives of them but also learning ancient history and culture. We start our cycling adventure after 10 minutes transfer from hotel. All are smooth concrete paths through rural villages allows you to discover, to experience life styles and daily activities of not only Khmer but also Chinese. We will spend a morning on biking from Tra Vinh to Cau Quan via small town of Tieu Can. We travel across rice paddies, along canals and villages of Khmer, passing a hand of colorful temples, tiny thatch houses before we continue biking to Cau Quan Dist. Stopping at local restaurant in rural area for lunch. After first ferry crossing Mekong River to Dung Island where you explore the way of earning a living of locals on this Island. Ride past betel garden, sugar cane plantation, vegetable farm lands and fresh fish farms before a ferry taking to Long Phu town. Our private vehicle is standby here near this town. We get on our vehicle for half an hour driving to City of Soc Trang.
Today’ cycling adventures are divided into two different separate parts. After we have a stop at Bat pagoda, then we bike to remote in the morning. A beautiful bike ride through gently undulating farmland filled with large shrimp and fish farms. You will enjoy and experience a leisurely way of local life, friendly people in countryside villages until you reach the Vinh Chau town. After lunch in town, we bike through tranquil villages and bustling riverside markets before we reach and cycle on quiet back roads, passing farmlands, fruit orchards and wind farms and then, your guide will lead you ride on narrow country back road through Chinese and Khmer villages to Bac Lieu city.
It is a very long way for you to ride from Bac Lieu to Rach Gia via Vi Thanh so your guide will choose the best route to accommodate your morning’ bicycle riding. We start riding from urban Dist not far from Bac Lieu town. We cycle pass many peaceful villages with Chinese, Vietnam and Khmer living together. See different people, life styles and experience techniques of growing different kinds of vegetable. Ride over small wooden bridges, see working buffaloes on farm. Arrived in Vi Thanh, a new town at noon time. Enjoy big lunch in famous restaurant before we continue this cycling adventure to Rach Gia. Many beautiful back roads to Giong Rieng giving you wonderful time to mingle kids going back from school, locals on scooters going back from work. We will stop and get on van/bus for a short driving to hotel in Rach Gia city.
After your breakfast at hotel, enjoy a 30 minute transfers by A/C vehicle to rural District to begin a morning ride. We pedal on path, single track across villages and wild grass fields, cajuput forest, pedaling along river as you racing with local cargo boats. Then we follow a single track along eucalyptus field to mountain To which is near Tri Ton. Passing some pagodas through palm trees closed to mountain. Stop for lunch at Tri Ton town. Our adventure cycling continues from small town of Tri Ton, ride single track through farm land and palm garden to Tra Su forest. Enjoy a motor boat ride and sampan boat to explore wild life of birds and forest reserves before a transfer to Chau Doc town.
You will have an early starts from hotel for Cambodia by boat today. After your breakfast, a local guide from Hang Chau boat will pick up you at 7:00 for boarding. Local guide is also helping you with visa application at Kaamsamnor border gate. This is a chance you can enjoy beautiful scenery and local life on water on the Mekong River from Chau Doc to the Phnom Penh city. Picnic lunch box is included. End of tour!
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 normal.
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.