Biking 5 days/ 4 nights Saigon to Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc with Vietnam Cycling Tours. Beginning with a transfer out of Ho Chi Minh, ride to vibrant Cai Be countryside, on to An Binh island and see the famous Cai Rang floating market the following day. The beautiful routes to Cao Lanh, wetland, allow you to stop in Sadec and its flower village, and following days to Gieng island, Chau Giang, and Chau Doc, and Ha Tien township.
Vietnam has a long, narrow shape from north to south climate conditions vary considerably with three distinct patterns between the north, central and south regions. The climate in south Vietnam is tropical all year round, with slight variation throughout the year and average temperature from 27 to 32 degrees. Phu Quoc island is one of the world's most secluded beaches that you can enjoy any time of the year. Join in a bike trip from Saigon to Phu Quoc to have your legs beaten up by bicycle, then stay on the blue, sandy beach for a couple of days before you catch an international flight home!
You are picked up at your accommodation in HCM then a transfer will take you Cai Be’ countryside. On your first day’ ride to experience real-life from Cai Be to Vinh Long to Can Tho. Experience and share space with locals on many ferry crossings, ride past primary and middle schools before your ride continues to get through the countryside of Cai Be.
You will have a delicious lunch at the home of locals. In the afternoon, we take a published ferry boat to Vinh Long and continue our easy ride to Tam Binh and Binh Minh. Discover local life along with villages on the bike, mingle with kids going back from school. There is a short transfer to Can Tho city in the late afternoon.
A pleasure boat ride passes many stilt-house along the river bank to Cai Rang floating market. This is a chance you capture the daily activities of locals along the river bank. You also have an opportunity to watch the most significant and busiest floating market as it is a real one. Then, your guide will choose the best route for a morning ride to Sadec. On your way, you could enjoy your own pace and experience the way to make rice powder at a family workshop. Passing and waving locals working farmlands by footpaths through lush green rice fields, sweet potato plantations.
Your bike guide will tell how a complicated network of small artificial canals brings water to farms in the area. On arrival in the old Sadec town at noontime, visit Huynh Thuy Le's ancient house, which is well-known with the movie "The Lover" from getting published. Your lunch will be served at the home before you continue cycling through many villages of flower, bonsai, ornamental plants, and brick factories to Cao Lanh city in the late afternoon.
Start your bike ride today by exploring scient countryside landscape through mango orchards, small villages and local workshops, smooth track along Mekong River. There will be a stop at a small cafe by the river, which opens in few hours in the morning only. Then we carry on our adventure onwards to ferry boat where locals use it as a routine shuttle boat going to the mainland every day. After reaching Gieng Islet, you could amaze how people live here in the yearly flooded season, on stilt house because of wetland. We have our pleasure time cycle on smooth paths to My Luong Dist.
We are passing a Monastery, which was built 120 years ago by the French. This is the first Monastery building in Indochina, established in 1874. Then we get on our private vehicle for a drive to Cho Moi to have lunch. Then we continue bicycling to Chau Doc, experience local life along country back roads, see duck raising on rice paddy fields, fish farming by rivers, and rice harvesting. We ride past Muslim villages, stilt houses, and vegetable paddy fields until we arrive in Chau Doc town.
The most exciting feature of Tra Su is that tourists travel by motor-boat or dinghies as they weave through the forest. Passengers will enjoy enormous emerald-green duckweed that blankets the water’s surface, as well as flocks of white storks that perch on cajuput together with many kinds of birds, animals, and fish. Sometimes, the boatman stops the boat and shows tourists some of the enormous beehives that rest on the top of the trees. Enjoy a morning ride on trails to Tra Su nature reserve forest, and it is also a bird sanctuary.
In the breeding season, birds stay home all day long to look after their eggs and baby birds. Your adventure biking travels along the Cambodia border, passing lotus fields, rice paddy. After we arrive at the forest, enjoy 2 hours boat trip, including sampan boat rowing this forest. You will experience boat rowing, trekking into cajuput trees, wetlands that attract many birds, including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl, and water cocks. We carry our last day ride on gentle pave roads, through palm trees to Ba Chuc village, your guide will tell you what happened in the town in 1978. Pay a visit to the memorial, see many photos taken by correspondent journalists as these photos are the war evidence. If time permitted! The ride will continue as we follow the quiet back roads along the border with Cambodia to Ha Tien.
Ha Tien is a small border town, but it is the international gateway between Vietnam and Cambodia. Its market is also tiny, but you could find interesting things here. The town is not far from Phu Quoc Island. The speedboat ride takes an hour and 15 minutes. A morning call wakes you up for breakfast, and then check out the hotel for the modern Super Dong speed boat to Bai Vong dock, Phu Quoc Island. The morning Super Dong speed boat will leave at 9:30 am, and it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Bai Vong dock. The afternoon is 1:00 pm, so you could make your choice before our sales team makes this booking. It would be best if you were on the boat 30 minutes before the boat trip starting. You should contact the hotel you booked on Phu Quoc to have you picked up at Bai Vong dock. Tour End!
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.
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.