Cycling to Tra Vinh- Soc Trang- Can Tho

Introduction

At Vietnam Backroads, we would always try to introduce new destinations and highlights for cyclists who love to explore areas seldom visited by tourists.  The Clay and Bat pagodas are well-known landmarks in Soc Trang province, but not many tourists have explored this part of the Mekong Delta. Tra Vinh and Soc Trang are heavily populated by Khmer people, whose ancestors lived there when it was part of the Khmer Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries. This is a different part of Viet Nam – the people, the food, the pace, the architecture, the temples, ‘the vibe’ are all far removed from what happens up in ‘the big smoke’. This Cycling Tour is to help you to explore Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. We’ll start pedalling along the beautiful country backroads in the homeland of coconuts, Ben Tre province. Making our way south to Tra Vinh involves several river crossings, and this is where you’ll start to see a change in the architecture, the food and the crops. Stunning Khmer temples and beautiful landscapes alternately compete for your attention.  You can experience the local goings-on at a market or from a quiet distance and start to understand the history and culture of this strongly Buddhist area with help from our fantastic and well-informed guides. We’ll drop into a few small rural Khmer markets along the way to Can Tho and the magical Flower Village of SaDec, and Xeo Quyt Forest before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Tour details

Price
USD $595.00 595.00
Tour code
VBR: 4H - MBT - 2
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days
Single supplement
80.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
included
Total cycling distance
205km
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
B= 3 Breakfasts, L= 4 Lunches, D= 3 Dinners
3 nights, double room/ twin room
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruit, 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
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Saigon - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

Leaving Ho Chi Minh at 8:00 am, a private vehicle takes you for about 1. hour to Long An, the bike route to My Tho. The morning ride is about 25 km through authentic villages and country farms. The paths are smooth and get through the lush farm of vegetables, rice paddies, small towns, and canals to My Tho. We break for lunch in My Tho City. Following lunch, we take a rest on vehicle transfer 30 minutes to Ben Tre.


Arrives at Ha Luong River, we continue the ride from the bridge, enjoy 3 hours of a leisurely bicycle to explore the livings of villagers and peaceful landscape.    Take a small ferry crossing rivers, pass some tiny factories that produce oily and jelly products made from coconuts. Then, we cycle on small paths amongst water palms, break at a small market, have fruits, coconut juice and continue heading through some hamlets to Co Chien river. Enjoy today's last ferry to Tra Vinh.

Cuu Long/ Nha Khach Tinh Uy
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - rural paths
Day
2
Tra Vinh - Tieu Can - Dai Ngai - Soc Trang

After hearty breakfast, a short transfer out of the town for a fantastic day. The rural villages we explore are most Khmer villages, vast agricultural fields, and old irrigation canals. People here live mainly on rice cultivation, with 3 rice crops per year, hard-working people. This is your own pace of adventures, wander through hamlets on paths, meet extremely friendly farmers, visit colorful temples, meet the monk to learn the Khmer culture.


Afterwards, we follow a small route along a small river to Cau Quan and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in a rural village. Then we take a ferry to Dung islet, ride trails along the Mekong River, and experience locals living in the country farms, fish farmings, shrimp farms, sugar cane plantations and thatched house hamlets. Finally, we enjoy the last ferry to the opposite side for a transfer to Soc Trang City.

Que Toi hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 55 km
Flat - rural paths
Day
3
Soc Trang - Phung Hiep - Can Tho

Before today's ride begins, we visit Bat pagoda, the worship 400 years old pagoda that is the home to many bats. The pagoda was destroyed by fire, and many historical relics were burndown, and it had restored then. The temple attracted hundreds of bats living on the giant trees in its compound for many years. Following the temple, we explore remote hamlets of Khmer and Vietnamese, stop for photos at Khmer ancient temples and enjoy peaceful landscapes along the ways. Ride across the rice paddy fields, see farmers look after free-range raised ducks on harvested paddy fields. Most of them are sold after 3 months old, and some will be meat for the families, and the rest are for sales.


Soc Trang is not the lowlands, and there is no flooded season at all in the year rounds. Locals grow rice all year round with 3 crops, and these crops do not coincide. This is your chance to look over gorgeous rice paddies as some are green and some yellow—lunch en route. The routes are mixed of terrains, concrete, dirt tracks, and asphalt country back roads. Mostly along agricultural canals through lush farmlands and charming hamlets of Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese. Today's ride finishes at a rural village in Nga Bay. Get on a support vehicle to relax your legs to Can Tho city in the afternoon.

TTC Premium Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65 km
Flat - rural paths
Day
4
Can Tho - Binh Minh - Vinh Long - HCM

After leisurely breakfast, take a 40-minute boat trip from Ninh Kieu Pier to Cai Rang. Enjoy lively scenery on waterways to Cai Rang, see numerous small boats moving in different directions to find a good dealer. Your boat gets through the market slowly, and you can watch it get close up. Every bigger boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale hung on the bamboo sticks with bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, watermelons, etc. The sampans are small and long, equipped with a long tail engine to quickly navigate the market and on shallow canals and rivers from home.


Then we disembark from the boat for the last half-day explore Phong Dien's countryside. The area has a network of small rivers that crisscross the lush fruit orchards and villages.  Lunch en route before a 3.5 hours transfers back to Ho Chi Minh City. End of Services!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km+
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




 

 
 

Guaranteed to depart

Duration
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Note
One cyclist is available - From $530

Reviews

Dear Vietnam Backroads, Thank you for the trip - it was a real highlight of our stay in Vietnam. I posted review on Tripadvisor. We really enjoyed the trip immensly. I was thinking of what to do during 4 days around Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in Saigon and then found the vietnambackroads.com website. The Mekong delta tour - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Can Tho, 4 days, 3 nights. Van offered us to run that trip despite Tet holidays, when everyone takes time off with family. So Van himself was our guide (we were just with another English guy) on that most unforgettable experience. Van's knowledge of the area, his ability to select lovely by-roads, and tracks, tell stories about the places we visit and local customs, and care he took of us as customer was really a key success factor. This is THE way to see Delta - you pass different landscapes (coconut region of Ben Tre, Tra Vinh rice fields, Khmer villages near Soc Trang, channels near Can Tho) and beautiful places where white guests are still a novelty. Delta people are very friendly and helpful, fruits fresh and very tasty and whole experience is almost surreal. Mekong Delta in the spring is immensely beautiful and interesting. Trip is organized extremely professionally, with back up vehicle that takes all you stuff and also takes you on boring (i.e. very busy roads) stretches, bikes new and durable, everything ready when we arrive. We stayed in hotels - and all except Soc Trang were located very well and good quality. Van arranged food (everything except for beer is included in price) - and his choice of restaurants was very interesting, though I would probably prefer more street food. It was my first that close experience with Vietnam - and for me close to trip of my lifetime. Not cheap (we paid premium because of Tet holidays), but worth every 2014

Jakub Bielikow…

Hi, It was fantastic experience for my 2 boys and myself. Dat we could not rate more highly. He was very engaging and very informative on the Vietnam history. That we were traveling through. The fruit stop we all enjoyed. We would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours. The bikes we could not fault nor the hotels. However, I would strongly state that our fantastic experience came about through our excellent guide Dat. This attention to hygiene was brilliant. We wish Dat and your company all the very best for a successful future. Don, Ben, same Robinson 21 - 22- -23 - 24 Dec, 2014

Don Robinson f…

This was our first time in Vietnam and we had a great time - fantastic way to see the countryside. We definitely preferred local restaurants and back road sites (esp the coconut + processing plants). Our guide really made it special for the children in the group age 12. The amount of rice was satisfactory. Great routes, Loc was excellent with our 12 year old daughter - He organized kite flying and a boat trip. We chose to do the trip like this to avoid anything too touristy. Eating local food and fruits is the most enjoyable part! Not really worried about temples and museums but the coconut factory was very interesting. 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 Mar, 2016

Christine Mari…

Hi Vietnam Backroads, Dạt is an excellent bike guide. He is very informative helpful but not pushy at all. He clearly loves the Mekong and loves sharing it with people. He made sure we had a lots of different experiences- The different areas the route went through, the different food styles/restaurant styles and the different fruit that taught us to eat. We really like the route selection- road types as well as the culture types and culture types that we bikes through. We like not seeing foreigners while riding.26 - 27 - 28 - 29 Dec, 2015

Diana Archange…

Hi Thuy, I hope you are well. Yes, we had an absolutely great time and there is no better way to see Vietnam on a bike with Vietnam Backroads. We decided to go with Vietnam Backroads because their tours are focusing on a lot of back roads and small villages. Dat, the guide, took us to all the back roads from Tan An - Tra Vinh - SocTrang - CanTho and finished at TT CaiBe for our 4 days 3 night tour. The friendliness, knowledge of Dat, and more importantly the routes designed by Mr Van, made the whole riding an incredible and memorable experience. We were able to stop anywhere and anytime we like for photos or just a quick rest. Dat also bought some local fresh fruits for us to try, we love the fresh mango and the fresh whole coconut drinks! We rode pass a Rambutan farm and the friendly farmers gave us some FRESH rambutan to try. One of the restaurants we stopped for lunch in a small town, they were serving broken rice with charcoaled pork rips. The pork rips were charcoaled on side and they were so tasty that we ordered more. We would definitely choose Vietnam Backroads for our next Vietnam trip. Dat told us about a tour in a highland or mountain, he said some day he will not see a single person on the road. I think it is called Vietnam or HCM Trial (maybe check with Dat). Can you please send us the information about this tour? We would like to find out more hence to plan for the next trip. Look forward to seeing you next time. Thank you so much. 26 Feb to 01 Mar, 2017

Nicklas and Sc…

Wow! I have visited Vietnam before but this was by far the best trip ever. We spent 4 days Cycling the Backroads (trails in meandering through jungle) with our spectacular guide Dat. Dat was a wealth of knowledge and a really fun young man. He took us places that we would never have considered venturing to on our own. The food was fabulous, the hotels were excellent and we are very happy people. Vietnam Backroads is a well organised business. The bikes are very well maintained and Dat knows how to fix anything. Do it!!! You will have the trip of a lifetime. 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 May, 2017

Allison Robyn …

We're just back from Vietnam, part of our trip involving a 4 day tour of The Mekong Delta with Vietnam Backroads. My wife and I, along with our 14 & 11 year old sons had the most amazing 4 days touring the countryside of the Mekong Delta. From pick up at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to drop off at the airport, nothing was too much trouble for the team. Loc the driver, was always just where you needed him with a cool drink and Huy, who's only been with the company a short time, but was extremely knowledgeable about Vietnam and its history made an excellent team along with Mr Van himself, who's the man responsible for all the great routes we rode. While it was great to see the countryside, the highlights for us were the interactions we had with the amazing Vietnamese and Khmer people, who were extremely welcoming and friendly, if a little bit bemused by our presence. My youngest son in particular attracted lots of female attention due to his 'long nose' and white skin. Thanks to Mr Van and his team we were able to communicate with the local people and visit areas well off the beaten tourist track, where English is spoken by hardly anyone. Huy was of great help at mealtimes helping us to sample the local cuisine without getting too far out of our depth. The payback for visiting areas where there are no tourists is that you shouldn't expect luxury hotels. This was a small price to pay and all the hotels we stayed at were clean and comfortable with hot showers, which was all we were looking for. The bikes were all in great working order and we never experienced any mechanical problems. If you want to experience some of the real sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Southern Vietnam we could think of no better way of doing it than with Mr Van and Vietnam Backroads. The four days we spent with Loc, Huy and Mr Van were truly memorable and were the highlight of our 2 weeks in Vietnam. We can't wait to return and see some more of this wonderful country. 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 April, 2017

Andrew McDermo…

We did a 4 day Mekong cycling trip with Dat, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Trip was well organised, nice hotels, good and plenty local food with lots of new experiences, good hard tail mountain bikes. Best of all though was Dat, who grew up in the area an thus knows it very well and willingly shared his knowledge. The cycling is certainly pleasant, and it’s hard to keep your eyes on the trail as there’s so much to see left and right. But having a perfect guide who can point out things that you’d otherwise miss, makes the trip special. Thanks again Dat for a wonderful 4 days! 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 June, 2013

Norman Feist f…

Hi Van, My apologies for our delay in response but we have been traveling all this time and have just returned home to Australia. This has given us time to reflect on our Mekong Delta Bike ride. It was absolutely fantastic from the quality of the cycling equipment, and the deluxe van and highly professional guide and driver. Dat, as our guide, was exceptional and made this tour a highly memorable, enjoyable and challenging trip. His knowledge of the area, his ability to personalize for our interests, the food and the different bike routes. Our driver, Mr Loc, was very professional, punctual and drove very safely through some very busy parts of the Mekong and Ho Chi Minh City. Please pass onto Dat our regards and gratitude – tell him that Jim will never forget the shave and haircut and that he now looks 10 years younger. We have already passed on your information to people in Australia so hopefully when they go to Vietnam they use your company. WE will definitely put something up on facebook and give a very high rating. 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 April, 2017

Kerry and Jim …

We're just back from Vietnam, part of our trip involving a 4 day tour of The Mekong Delta with Vietnam Backroads. My wife and I, along with our 14 & 11 year old sons had the most amazing 4 days touring the countryside of the Mekong Delta. From pick up at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to drop off at the airport, nothing was too much trouble for the team. Loc the driver, was always just where you needed him with a cool drink and Huy, who's only been with the company a short time, but was extremely knowledgeable about Vietnam and its history made an excellent team along with Mr Van himself, who's the man responsible for all the great routes we rode. Vietnam Backroads is a well organised business. The bikes are very well maintained and Dat knows how to fix anything. Do it!!! You will have the trip of a lifetime. 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 May, 2017

Allison Robyn …

This was our first time in Vietnam and we had a great time - fantastic way to see the countryside. We definitely preferred local restaurants and back road sites (esp the coconut + processing plants). Our guide really made it special for the children in the group age 12. The amount of rice was satisfactory. Great routes, Loc was excellent with our 12 year old daughter - He organized kite flying and a boat trip. We chose to do the trip like this to avoid anything too touristy. Eating local food and fruits is the most enjoyable part! Not really worried about temples and museums but the coconut factory was very interesting. 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 Mar, 2016

Christine Mari…
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