Discover the Kingdom of pottery & brick kilns - Sadec

Introduction

This cycle tour will take you away from the crowded city through the ornamental countryside, old villages of pottery and brick, flower villages of Sadec and Xeo Quyt forest. The countryside's best-known leisure cycling route, so you can cycle just as much as you wish to. You will have a chance to explore the famous pottery villages in Mang Thit, the rural District of Ving Long, which exists more than 100 years. Travelers and locals could find various famous red pottery along nature creeks, canals, and Mekong Rivers. Each pottery is a family business and mostly runs by locals who live and work in the beautiful countryside of Mang Thit and Long Ho Districts.

Tour details

Price
USD $395.00 395.00
Tour code
VBR - 3H - MTB - 4
Duration
Number Of cycling days
3 days
Single supplement
40.00$
Average distance per day
40km
Bike Hire
US$30
Total cycling distance
135 km
Destination
Ages to ride
8 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
Large Group
12
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
2 nights, double room/ twin room
B= 2 Breakfasts, L= 3 Lunches, D= 2 Dinners
Cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up /drop off at hotels
Bicycle mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Cho Lach

Cho Lach, Ben Tre is home to ornamentals, bonsai, and a nursery of plants and fruit orchards. There is no land of rice paddy field at all. The fertile soils and natural lands are suited to other plants than water rice plants. It is the place you stay a night, and this township is not a tourist destination. After you are met at your hotel, we begin this journey to Mekong Delta with 1. hour transfer out of Ho Chi Minh,


The countryside trails through Long An, and My Tho - all the way to Vinh Trang pagoda in My Tho were trails, dirt track, very bumpy, muddy paths, and many of them closed to traffic before. They are different after years of rural development by the government. These routes amongst beautiful countryside and rural villages allow you to ride a bicycle intensely into villages. No better way to enjoy the lovely countryside by bike in the area! It is the best way for tourists who love seeing the country and meeting locals in rural areas. Enjoy your ride across rice paddy fields, cross a river on ferries, and stopping at colorful Buddhist temples. Enjoy the views that look onto farmlands, watermelon, dragon plantations, and pleasant villages. Visit Vinh Trang pagoda before we have lunch in My Tho. Then you will have a transfer to Cho Lach to check in the homestay. Spend the rest time in the swimming pool. Dine with your host at the farm stay.

Homestay Gite Nam Hien Mekong
Lunch/ Dinner
20 - 45km
Flat - rural paths
Day
2
Cho Lach - Mang Thit - Vinh Long - Sadec

After your leisurely breakfast at homestay, have some photos taken with your host before loading your luggage on the support vehicle. Then we start cycling from homestay to the market of Cho Lach. Ride passes nursery, bonsai plants. From the market, you can see the old colonial bridge over the canal. It's the canal French built to connect the Mekong River to the Saigon River for water transport. Then we continue cycling to Co Chien River to have a ferry to Mang Thit, Vinh Long. Here we are in the Red Kingdom of Vinh Long, Mekong Delta's Vietnam.


Pottery and bricks making in villages of Mang Thit and Long Ho districts of Vinh Long province, Mekong Delta's Vietnam is a cottage industry for over a hundred years, and it still exists and develops to these days. People still use the old techniques to make a wide variety of pottery and bricks. In the past, locals made yin and yang tiles, but many mills abandoned them because yin and yang ties are not famous for years. Most of the mills, kilns, and factories are by the Mekong River, its branches, and canals because water is the main transportation in the past and current days. 


More than thousands of households in Mang Thit and Long Ho are now working in the production of brick and pottery. Coming here to admire the techniques of making a wide variety of clay products, you are welcome and have an opportunity to see every corner of villages. Explore the traditional pottery villages which over a hundred years. Most of the products are handmade for Vietnam's and overseas markets. Ride a bicycle on the country road, visit some special and unique old kilns, and see how people make various beautiful pottery in clay.


This morning's ride is about 25km, with many stops at the oldest kilns and mills, including a ferry crossing Co Chien River. That is enough for this morning. We get on van/minibus for a transfer to Vinh Long town. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant by Co Chien River. After lunch, our van/minibus will take us to Cai Tau for the afternoon ride. It a pleasant ride, so we take it easy on paths, through small villages along the country road and river branches and creeks. We get on a support vehicle in the outskirt of Sadec town. Do check in the hotel and dine in town in the evening.  

LIFE House Sadec
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat - rural paths
Day
3
Sadec - Flower villages - Xeo Quyt forest - Saigon

For the locals as Vietnamese, Sadec is famous for flowers of rose and bonsai plants, and it's always colorful and stunning in the Mekong Delta and more and more when the Lunar New Year is coming. Sadec got to know and attracted overseas tourists since 1984 when Duras's 1984 Prix Goncourt-winning novel was published. Marguerite Duras lived in Sa Đec during the three- to four years between 1928 and 1932. Her mother ran a school on the corner of Hung Vuong and Ho Xuan Huong, where a school still exists today. Duras met Huynh Thuy Le, the son of a wealthy Chinese family, and the two became involved in love. The house is located by the river and near the market. We will visit this house, and the local guide will tell you about the loved story of Marguerite Duras before we start our last day ride to villages of flowers and Xeo Quyt forest.


Enjoy riding on small paths along the Mekong River to the home of flowers which is not far from Sadec. Spend time to wander through villages and experience to way to grow plants of the flower. Then we take a ferry to the other side of the Upper River and continue cycling to Xeo Quyt forest. It was an Army base of Viet Cong before 1975. You will have a sampan boat rowed into small rivers, pass some thatch houses and bunkers of Viet Cong. Then have lunch at the restaurant nearby before returning to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon.

Breakfast/ Lunch
20 - 35km
Flat - rural paths

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




 

 
 

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