Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc Islands by Bike

Introduction

More and more travelers make a beach vacation directly to Phu Quoc Island due to its International operated airport. Instead of connecting domestic flights in Ha Noi, or Ho Chi Minh, tourists will get a straight flight. The beauty of Phu Quoc Island is often compared to the size of Thailand's Phuket, but without the crowds and development. Warm climate, blue and sandy beaches, Phu Quoc has become a new destination and undeveloped island.


If you interest in bicycle tours? and you will be beaten up by bicycle before you relax on sandy beach. Why don't you contact Vietnam Cycling Tours. 

Tour details

Price
USD $540.00 540.00
Tour code
VBR: MBT4I - HCM - PQ - 1
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3 days
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$30
Total cycling distance
195km
Destination
Ages to ride
8 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, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= 4 Breakfasts, L= 3 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
3 nights, double room/ twin room
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
Super Dong boat to Phu Quoc Island
Pick up at hotels/drop off at the Bai Vong dock
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Sai Gon – Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

Be met at your location in Saigon with the team of Vietnam Backroads. Our team with a support vehicle to drive you to the rural area in Long An. Our pro-bike guides will help you check your bikes by adjusting saddle heights and informing the rules of the roads before we off the beaten track.  Tan An to My Tho is not the long way for morning biking, but the vibrant countryside, farmland of dragon fruits, and smooth bike routes are more important than distance.  Take it easy and spend more time experiencing rural lives.  A very delicious restaurant in town where you enjoy lunch before we bike through the home of coconut trees in the afternoon. Make some stops at family workshops producing coconut oils and jelly. Taste seasonal fresh fruits at orchards or small markets in the countryside before we have a ferry ride to Tra Vinh city.

Thanh Tra hotel
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
Tra Vinh – Cau Ke - Can Tho

It is said that the Khmer people and their community began in Mekong Delta as small fishing villages and inhabited for centuries before the arrival of Vietnamese. Tra Vinh is a small town, and it is not a touristy destination for tourists traveling by bus. So it is tranquil at night. Everything seems to be closed early and almost asleep. The province is considered the homeland of Khmer, and there are numerous Khmer temples in town and the rural hamlets. You will have a long day to experience the lifestyle of Khmer nowadays and learn its history in the past time. This is the opportunity you can ride more deeply to the traditional villages of Khmer; ride past thatch houses, take some photos, and visit colorful temples. After we have lunch at the best restaurant in a small town, a transfer takes us to Tich Thien village, where we continue biking through some islands with some ferry ride on small creeks. We will get on the support vehicle in the outskirts of Binh Minh, driving the city center to check in the hotel. 

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho – Giong Rieng - Rach Gia

Can Tho is the center as it is the capital city of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. It's well-known with floating markets of Cai Rang and Phong Dien, which is not far from the city. You are going to see the most bustling Cai Rang market. After your breakfast at the hotel, then get on board the Ninh Kieu pier for a 40-minute motorboat ride. You can see the water taxi, wooden cargo boat, and many commercial sampans sampan boats advertise what they are selling and buying by loudspeaker on this short boat ride. Then you can see the Cai Rang floating market in action before you get off the boat and carry on your cycling vacation to Rach Gia. Pedal on narrow paths along natural creeks where you could meet friendly people along country roads who love to have their picture taken with you.
There are many sampan boat factories along country roads, fishing nets alongside rivers, so you could stop and see how it works. It depends on how much time for today, so your biking guide will figure out a transfer to Rach Gia in the afternoon. 

Hoa Binh Rach Gia resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
4
Rach Gia - Phu Quoc Island

All services have been well-arranged by the Vietnam Backroads team; tickets are on hands, a transfer to the Super Dong docks in the morning. After your breakfast, get on our re-arranged transfer vehicle to Super Dong dock within 10 minutes of driving from your hotel. Get on the modern speedboat, which departs at 8:00 AM.  Super Dong high-speed boat ride takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach the Bai Vong dock. End of service. 


Note: If you have booked the hotels/resorts on your own, arranged! Please contact them to have you picked up at Bai Vong dock. Another option is to get taxi to the hotel on your way. It does not include the trip. 

Breakfast
Kiwi standing on oval
Super Dong boat

More Info

Road Condition

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, has rural path network systems, and they had very well-developed by governments. All country back roads are asphalt, concrete paths connecting villages to villages as it's a vast network. The rest are dirt tracks, so do not worry about exploring the Mekong Delta by bicycle, even you are a beginner. Depending on the regions, lowlands, or jungles, and rural villages of each province, our hand-picked routes are the best for your biking trips


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!


Cycling routes

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 removed 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. 

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. 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 the last of April. Farmers make three rice crops per year, so travelers meet them at their homes and see them working on farmlands. Significantly, the dry season is closed to the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. The weather is nice, low temperature and more relaxed than other seasons.

  • The wet season is called the 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 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. It's from last of August to early of Nov. That is 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 a perfect time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mainly in the afternoon, and only lasts for an hour. 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 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.


27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours


MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm


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 on road and off-road riding


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




2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  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




 

 
 

Guaranteed to depart

Duration
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Note
2 booked - US$570 per person

Reviews

Guide was very helpful and changed routes according to feedback. I loved the routes through the villages. Only criticism is I would have liked to choose my bike. Although I was the correct size for my height. I would have preferred to check before arriving at start point and have a choice of small bike. Every good 3 days! Viet was flexible with our routes and depending on our interest and/or fatigue. The hotels and restaurants reseved by the tour were good. 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 Jan, 2017 Thank you Viet and Cuong

Marc and Kathr…

Phuc was super, nice, informative and easy guide. We would definitely recommend Vietnam Backroads and your team to family and friends. The food was lovely and too much. We liked that tour was so flexible to our needs and wishes. Overall, this is one of the best experiences we have had in Vietnam. 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 Jan, 2017

Louise Wictori…

Thang was an excellent guide. We learnt a lot from him. We wouldn't have been able to see the country in the same way without going this trip or learnt about country. So thank you! We had a great 3 days with Thang cycling through Mekong Delta! We tried a lot of new food and met many people who were very happy to share food with us, even some rice wine! 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 Jan, 2016

Laura Elizabet…

Really enjoyed 4 day trip on the back roads. Cycle distances were great and we had plenty of stop. Dat is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. It been a great way to see some of south Vietnam. Loved the network of paths through the villages. We would never have seen that without Vietnam Backroads. The hotels were very good. The bikes were excellent. Thank you. 8- 9 - 10 -11 Jan 2015

Lee Howarth fa…

There were interesting stories and knowledgeable of Vietnam shared by our guide Thang. It was a fabulous, trip but is was a little expensive. But we would like to go again when we saved enough money. I enjoyed stopping with local people having a good laugh! The food was delicious all the time, it felt like we were on a food tour not only a biking tour but on the second day we were very hungry when we came to the lunch stop. So maybe an extra snack if it takes long way before lunch. Check if the guest are hungry. In general, we really enjoyed this trip a lot and will share this as a memory for a long time. I was a little nervous before since I did not know how if all would work out, but our guide was with us all the time and the stops we made along the way were all very interesting. Especially to get to know more about local production of rice and see the fields of rice in different stages. I also liked when we stopped to talk to all different women working with crafts along the paths! Great times! Notes: The different website: - Vietnambackroads.com -Vietnamcyclingtours.com - Mekongbiketours.com and webpages which all lead to the same company was very confusing in the beginning. Not only confusing, you get a bit suspicious actually. And when the email about payment came from a totally new person and domain name than the one we have had contact with. We almost thought that there was something wrong. But it all works out then! Maybe you can get PayPal-account or safe payment over the web with credit card? All the best. 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 Dec 2014

Ylva Werlinder…

Many thanks for a fantastic trip, I have to say it was one of the best experiences of our whole trip. Thang was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable. The driver was lovely too. I am emailing to ask i could buy a Vietnam Backroads jersey, I saw our guide Thang wearing one. I would like to wear it at my cycling club back in the UK! I am in Saigon for one night staying at Captown hotel tomorrow (22nd November) an sign out 23rd to fly back to the UK. I am Medium size (same as Thang). Would it be possible to get a jersey to the Captown hotel for me? Many thanks. 14th - 17th Nov 2012

Victoria Drumm…

Hello Ms Hue I hope you are keeping well. Sadly, I am backing home now after my wonderful holiday in Vietnam. My wife and I very much enjoyed the Vietnam Backroads bicycle tour in the Mekong Delta - in fact it was the highlight of our time in Vietnam. Everything was very well organized and our guide took us to parts of the country that we would never have seen otherwise. To have a chance to get so close to people in the villages and those farming the rice fields was an unforgettable experience, as was the beautiful scenery that we got to enjoy. Our support vehicle and excellent driver were always on hand with drinks and cold towels, which were very welcome after a hot day in the saddle! I would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads to others. Thanks for everything and all the best for the future. 24 - 25 -26 - 27 Mar 2013

I would highly…

I took my 13 year old daughter on the trip, and she is not confident cyclist. Van took wonderful care of her, and after the first hour, I was not worried at all. The guides could not have been kinder or more helpful, answering our questions and telling us about the history and culture of Vietnam. It was a fantastic experience. 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 Feb 2012

Robin Gronoer …

Thank you very much for your email. We enjoyed our trip with Vietnam Backroads very much. Thai was an excellent tour guide who provided us with a lot of practical information and interesting facts on living in Vietnam and in the Mekong-Delta. He was very friendly and took really care of us. Our driver was also very friendly and helpful. The restaurants and cafes on our trip were good. We enjoyed the local food and the local culture very much. There are only two small points of criticism: The hotel we stayed during the first night, in Tra Vinh, was unfortunately in a quite run down state. The walls in our room where wet and the bathroom was really not comfortable. Maybe you want to reschedule the trips a little in order to get a better hotel. Finally, I wanted to point out that our tour was advertised as a 4-day trip, however, we were dropped off at the hotel already at Saturday afternoon around 2.30 pm with nothing to do but wait until our speedboat went off the next morning. This was a bit a waste of time since we didn't know what places of interest there are in Rach Gia. So maybe you should either plan a longer biking on the last day or set up some alternative program such as sightseeing. Please understand these critics in constructive way. Overall, we are very happy to have chosen Vietnam Backroads and can fully recommend you to other people. Thank you very much. with best regards, 13 April 2012

Florian family…

We are in Cambodia for the next 5 days and then our adventure in SE Asia is over. We thoroughly enjoyed our cycling part of the trip with Backroads. We were delighted to get off the busy roads and away from the motorcycles and horns and pollution. The paths we biked were so interesting. The village people and farmers were exceptionally friendly calling out "hello" at every opportunity. The experience totally changed my opinion of the wonderful Vietnamese people. Our guide, Bobby, was exceptional. He worked hard at explaining the sights and answering all our questions. He had a great sense of humour. Our driver was great as well. Although he did not speak English he was always courteous and ready to help. We enjoyed our hotels on the the second and third night. The hotel Cuu Long (I think that was the name) on the first night was very rundown. It was clean but very tired. The meals Bobby set up for us were great. He worked hard to give us a feel for the real Vietnam. The only part that we would improve upon is a little more cycling, especially on the third day. Bobby explained that there were no back roads to take and he was quite right that the main road would not be fun to cycle. We are avid cyclists and would have prefered to cycle closer to 60 Km a day rather than ride in the van. We will certainly recommend Backroads on Trip Advisor when we return to Canada. Thank you for all your assistance, especially to Van the Man for retrieving our passports and sending them on the bus to Can Tho. We offered to pay Bobby for that service but he refused. It was much appreciated. Sincerely. 12 April 2012

Lynda & Rick f…

We would like to thank you for a great trip. When we think about our holiday in Vietnam, the cycling trip through the Mekong Delta was one of the best memories! Route was very good and very nice landscapes. The small boats crossing the canals, and small bridges, were very good. Again, thank you for a very nice trip. We felt very comfortable and safe on the entire trip. 17 April 2011

Dejan and Mie …

The cycle tour my girlfriend and I went on was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip to Vietnam. We had 4 amazing days and got to see. There are many beautiful places and to meet so many of the wonderful People in and around their homes. Van was a wonderful host and knows the paths of the delta like no one else, which means you're immediately off the beaten track and in amongst the locals. 04 April 2010

Richard and Ka…

We went on cycling tour in Mekong Delta by Vietnam Backroads. Van tailored-made a 4 days trip, from Saigon to Phu Quoc Island. Then we had an another week on beaches in Phu Quoc. We loved biking on the trails of the Mekong Delta and really enjoyed our trip very much. Thanks Van. 24 April 2010 Peter & Malin from Sweden Cycling 2D/1N to Cai Be home-stay Thang and Loi was fantastic and it was wonderful to see so much of the rural area that we never would have been able to see on our own. Thang was knowledgeable and kind and funny and answered all of our questions, and he took extra time to show us more based on our interests. I would love to come back and do it again. A thoroughly enjoyable tour. Thang were an excellent guide. Very friendly, informative and helpful. Loi, our driver was an excellent. One suggestion- A local map showing the town and village on the tour would help. The home-stay was beautiful. We were looked after very well. I highly recommend this tour. 26-27 Dec 2014

Sarah Kolb Wil…

This was a fantastic trip professional organized accommodating and fun. We strongly recommend this to anyone considering a bike trip. Thank you for the amazing time! 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 Feb 2012

Shawn Davidson…

The restaurants were fantastic! Great food and refreshment. The guides were so nice and funny, they make everything very easy. We will recommend your tour to friends. The routes were amazing. Everything was fasunating. I love my ride. 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 Feb 2012

JENNIFER HATCH…

Hello Kieu.
Now as the tour is finished I wanted to thank you and as well the guide and the driver for this really nice and very professional organisation of the tour. As I didn't had a pen to fill out the feedback form the guide gave us to the beginning could you please provide me a link sich that I can review the tour online. Many thanks and wishing you and all the team the very best for 2019 - though knowing that for you the new lunar year is more important. 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 December 2018

Daniela Calins…

Viet was a very excellent guide. Very knowledgeable, Very thoughtful. Driver was great also. Bikes were in good condition. We like the riding away from cars and trucks very much. We saw parts of Vietnam we would not have seen otherwise. Overal we had a really good time. All well organised.

Viet was a wonderful tour guide. He made the experience very enjoyable and was always prepared for whatever we wanted ot needed. He kept a good pace and always stopped when there was something interesting to discuss or taste (We loved all of the fruits!) Our Driver Loc did a great job as well as and we could not have asked for a better pair. The food was very good and we enjoyed discussing what/ how to eat what we were eating with Viet. Thank you for this wonderful experience we enjoy it very much and will recommend to everyone we know.
Thank you Viet!
We appreciate yor huma + your knowledge. 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 December 2018

We are Steven Micetic, Zoe Sajor, Kameko Nichols and Erik Josephson from USA

Steven Micetic…

I think riding a bike is the best way to see a country that you never been to before. Tha’s knowledge of the area and terrain was excellent. Tha found the night balance before sightseeing and also ensuring that we felt physically challenged. Also very professional, ensuring he was at the pickup points on time. Phuong was a good driver and was also very hands on in ensuring bikes/ luggage on the van correctly. We really enjoyed time trip. It was much better than we had accepted! Everything was inbreeding by well-planned and organized. I never felt stress or worry, and could relax knowing that everything was in control. Tha was a fantastic guide and has nearly made our holiday. He was incredibly made considerate. Tha knowledge of the area and terrain was excellent. Tha found the right balance between sightseeing and felt excellent. I loved the tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone! 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 December 2018

Anna Wright a…

Hello Vietnam Backroads!

The trip was very enjoyable. The guide Vien was very friendly and explained everything along the way. Vien also was able to see when we were tired and needed a break which ensured we were always in high spirits. The cycling itself was very enjoyable and the backroads allowed us see the real Vietnam. Finally I would like to mention that Vien and our driver went to great lengths to ensure our evening meals were interesting, local and a true cultural experience.
Thanks for everything . 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 January 2020

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