Be met at 8:00 am, and we travel on the road by vehicle to Ben Luc, rural Dist, Long An province. Arrives at 9:00 am, start the adventure cycling on quiet back roads, travel through the rustic countryside of Mekong Delta provinces; Long An and My Tho. The rural areas are covered with green rice paddy fields and country farms along hamlets. Ride past fields of watermelon, dragons and lush green vegetation. Enjoy watching the daily activities of the locals, visit colorful Buddhist temples and small markets along the way to My Tho.
We break for lunch in the town, and we visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in town before we rest on vehicle transfer for 1 hour to Cai Be township, check-in Mekong Lodge. Spend the rest of the day to enjoy swimming in the pool and watching over the lively Mekong River. Enjoy cooking classic in the evening and overnight in Mekong Lodge.
Taste tea coffee and enjoy breakfast as enjoy watching small ferries crossing Mekong River from Tan Phong island with full locals, especially high school girls in long white dresses, going to school because there is no high school on the island. Following breakfast, we check out and be ready for a fantastic day. We ride along the river to Cai Be town, pedal up the bridge, stop to gaze down the tiny Cai Be floating market and look over the beautiful Cathedral Church facing the river. Great time for endless photos, then we take a published ferry to Tan Phong island.
The island is a lovely island with a small market that is busy in the early morning only. The primary families income is from fruit orchards and small friendly homestay. We explore the island on small paths, some narrow bridges, pass some beautiful hamlets, pass kindergarten and primary school, and escape the island by ferry to Phu Phung village. Continue the ride on dirt tracks along the waterways, rustic villages to Binh Hoa Phuoc, then follow the back roads along the river to Cai Cuong ancient house. The house used to belong to the wealthiest landlord on the island before 1975. We stop to visit the place, watch, and listens to the Mekong traditional folk songs. It's one of the cultural heritage folk songs from the central and south of Vietnam. Taste Vietnamese coffee, fresh fruits.
Afterwards, we carry on the ride, markets, vibrant villages. Explore the An Binh island, cross water channels, and the busiest Dong Phu canals. We continue biking through the island to An Binh ferry and enjoy another ferry to Vinh Long town. We enjoy delicious lunch at the restaurant by the Mekong River in town. After lunch, spend time walking on your own to the biggest fruit market in the city before a 30-minutes transfer to Tan Phu village, Tam Binh Dist, for the afternoon ride. We cycle deeply into Khmer villages, stop at one of the most beautiful Khmer temples and the home of locals, experience the life of Khmer people. The roads are small concrete paths, some along the small rivers and vast rural farms and rice fields. Continue the ride, admire the iconic landscapes of Khmer communities until reaching Binh Minh's outskirts, and have a vehicle transfer to Can Tho city.
On the last morning of the tour, we’ll take a motorised boat to check out the lively floating market. Cai Rang is the real floating market full of wholesales and retail boats. You could see literally hundreds of big and small boats every morning to buy and sell just about anything you can imagine – freshly harvested fruit and vegetables, rice, and even noodle soup, broken rice, and coffee are also for sale aboard a tiny boat or another! Primarily, you can see many grocery boats and floating houses around you. Then we explore some of the hidden secrets of the Phong Dien countryside and have lunch before we return to Ho Chi Minh by vehicle.
The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, has complicated rural path network systems, well-developed and maintenance by governments. The region comprises 12 provinces: Long An, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, An Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau, along with the Mekong Delta Capital of Can Tho. All country back roads are asphalt, concrete paths connecting villages to villages as it's a rural transports. The rest are dirt tracks, so do not worry about exploring the Mekong Delta by bicycle, even you are a beginner. Depending on each province's regions, lowlands, or jungles, and rural villages, our hand-picked routes are the best for your biking trips. Mekong Bike Tours
Flexible route - The most important key is to your trip
You do not have to ride the exact kilometer distance as it's showing on the daily biking of each itinerary. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose the longest distance that more than 80km per day if a whole day ride. You could spend more time cycling if you think the biking distance is too short! Or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time taking photos, stopping at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.
Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on various roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads, and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. However, the Mekong Delta River network has natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are such essential ways of travelling in the 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 the first cycle tour operator to explore and build up many adventure trips to Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Rach Gia, Vi Thanh, Cao Lanh, and Sadec and remote villages. Our top cycle tour operator and the pathfinder are Mr Van, nicknamed "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously well-scouted, investigated, scouted out, and mapped out beforehand by Mr. Van the man. Our guides are licensed, well trained in bike maintenance and navigation and know all routes as they are on their hands. All bike guides can tailor a custom route suitable to your wish and levels of cycling skills.
How were the backup vehicles support cyclists on the trip?
Most routes are small, narrow, just wide enough for two bicycles OR mopeds. There are vehicles to support riders on the entire trip (van/minibus to take up all cyclists and truck to carry all bikes and spare bikes), but they are too big to drive on, follow riders along through the countryside. Do remember! All support vehicles are permanently closed and not far from the group. Where are the support vehicles during the trip? Depends on routes, vehicles sometimes move along the high roads, second highways, or country roads as close to riders as possible. If one of the riders wants to relax on A/C vehicle, the tour leaders will find the shortest route that leads he/she to the support vehicles that are always on standby. That is very easy and also the way Vietnam Backroads organized.
- The weather in Mekong Delta has two distinct seasons. Rainy season from May to last November, and the dry season from May to last April. The weather will be more relaxed from November to February. In general, the preferred travel time is from August to April in both the dry and wet seasons. It will be more humid, a little bit hot from May to July, and farmers start to make rice crops this time of the year. Travellers can take bicycle tours in the wettest months from the last of May to August because the rains usually come in short, heavy showers, mainly in the afternoon, and only lasts for an hour, then sunshine turns back to normal.
Private Support Vehicles
We organize cycling holidays, cycling adventure trips and mountain biking tours. All are flexible with luxury, fully air-conditioned vehicles to support riders on the entire journey. It depends on how many riders are in the group, and the vehicle support services will be well-arranged to satisfy your travels. There are air-conditioned 16-seat van/minibuses to take up all riders, luggage, and a truck to hold all bikes during the trip.
Every morning, the vehicles will transfer you out of the bustling city, and then you will ride to explore the stunning countryside, and you will back on the vehicles to avoid traffic in town when the daily's ride ends in the late afternoon.
Every 20 - 25 km, the support vehicles will be waiting at the high road if you are tired and really would love to ride on A/C van. Your guide will escort you to vehicles easily because many country back roads are linked to the main roadways where keeping vehicles are on standby.
Then you can relax on a support vehicle when others in the group can continue cycling as long as they wish! You will meet the others at the next point/ destination where you love to re-join the group and continue to ride.
All your luggage/ suitcase and day bags are safe on the vehicles and well kept by the company's drivers and its team.
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 the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.
A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people
There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on
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...Iceboxes
A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people
We provide two vans and one minibus, 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.