Saigon- Mekong - Takeo - Phnom Penh

Overview

Price
USD $1175.00 1175.00
Tour code
VBR: MCT7E - HCM - PNP
Duration
Number Of cycling days
7 days
Single supplement
125.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$70
Total cycling distance
480km
Introduction

Many travelers to Vietnam and Cambodia spend so much time on bus, visit tourist sites and overnight in largest cities. Please, join us on this bicycle trip and ride on good quality bike and enjoy its your own leisure time. It's perfect for who love to experience charming villages, meet friendly people in beautiful countrysides of Mekong Delta of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Full Itinerary

Bike routes Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh
Day
1
Saigon – Can Duoc – My Tho - Ben Tre

Our team will meet you at your accommodation in Saigon. There is a 45 minute transfer by vehicle to outskirt of HCM for a morning’ cycling. Today' bicycle riding is divided into 2 different sections. In the morning, we bike through Can Duoc countryside; biking through jasmine rice paddy fields, okra, squash vegetable fields. We stop for lunch in small town of Can Duoc. Can Duoc district is a major rice producer, particularly Jasmine rice (Nang Thom) which is grown nationwide. But, the most delicious is Nang Thom Cho Dao variety cultivated in My Le commune. The taste is silky, soft and delicate flavor from the unique exotic region because of its. After lunch, we bike to ferry where we cross Vam Co River. Our pleasure ride is on unique paths along Vam Co River; passing local farms which growing shrimp, fish. The last ferry will take us crossing Small River. Lovely countryside in Cho Gao and its' friendly people here makes your pleasant cycling become a highlight of today' ride

Home-stay
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
2
Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Dai Ngai - Soc Trang

Tra Vinh and Soc Trang are to be considered the homeland 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.

Que Toi hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
3
Soc Trang - Phung Hiep - Can Tho

We'll visit Bat pagoda before the ride starts. On your adventure cycling today is to cycle through remoted villages and flat land of Mekong Delta. It is the way through some of the wildest and untouched countryside and striking hamlet in remote villages. Ride pass Khmer ancient temples, enjoy timeless landscape of rice paddies and there will be many stops at small coffee shops and small local markets along rural back roads so you can chit chat with locals by body language. You can witness local lives in action; the farmers have various traditional systems for raising ducks, chickens, goats at their family and their own rice paddies. Almost ducks and chickens are raised free range for no other reason. Most of them are sold and some will be meat for the families after a few months. We will get on van/bus for driving to Can Tho.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Can Tho Thot Not - Long Xuyen

Your cycling holidays is starts after a boat ride to floating market. Its the real and busiest one in Mekong Delta' Vietnam. We'll ride on narrow country road cross small natural rivers, ride alongside some rivers, and authentic villages. We stop for coffee break at Phong Dien. Then we will ride on tiny concrete paths alongside many small/big rivers to Tho Lai. By cycling, you can see rivers used as a means of travel or transport in the area such as wooden cargo boats, water taxi, grocery boats and rowing boats are moving busily up and down. Your lunch is reserved at local as planned. Then we take dirt track, trails through agricultural irrigation canals to rural area of Long Xuyen city. The afternoon ride enables you to see farmers raising ducks on both farming lands and canals.  Besides these activities, can see some frog and eel farms at home of local. We get on the van for a short transfer to Long Xuyen city.

Hoa Binh I
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Long Xuyen - Tra Su - Chau Doc

On adventure bike ride of today is to cross a farm land; rice paddy field,brick factories, irrigation canals and many fish, eel, frog farms along villages. 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 thing today. By cycling in the afternoon, we bike to Tra Su forest; you will have a short motored boat ride and sampan paddled through this forest a driving by vehicle Chau Doc town.

Nui Sam Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Day
6
Chau Doc - Tinh Bien - Ta Keo

Today is the last day’ ride in Vietnam and saying goodbye to Vietnam to continue cycling adventure trip in Cambodia with our team there. We start to ride from hotel in Chau Doc, ride on back roads along canals of Vinh Te; pass thatch houses, stilt houses, see buffalos working on rice paddy fields. We reach to Tinh Bien border around 10:30 AM. Immigration to Cambodia and meet our team in Cambodia, enjoy lunch for the afternoon’ ride. We pedal on quiet back roads to Phnom Den. Bike routes through villages, pass local house and temple along ways. Stay a night in Ta Keo town.

Alice Villa Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
7
Ta Keo - Phnom Penh

Our bike guide will lead you ride on small path, dirt track through villages; houses on stilts, palm trees, pass primary school and local markets on the ways. Visit some temples and stopping at cafe to enjoy local snacks. You have the opportunity to visit a local orphanage managed by ‘New Futures’. Here you will learn more about the great educational work they are doing in the surrounding poor villages. There is a transfer takes you to hotel from outskirts of Phnom Penh. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 65km
Flat- easy/ moderate

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
14 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, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
6 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
Visa to Vietnam & Cambodia
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
Vietnam Cycling ToursVietnam Bike Tours  

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   

 

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