Depart at 7: 30, and you will transfer 1.5 hours out of Ho Chi Minh to explore the villages in Cu Chi. The tunnels of Cu Chi are an incredible underground network of 250km that Vietnamese guerilla soldiers against the South Vietnam Government and American soldiers. It's the tunnels not only for flighting but also for living. We depart at 7:30 am from the hotel and drive a vehicle out of bustling Saigon City for half-day cycling through several hamlets and rubber plantations to Cu Chi Tunnels. See workers harvest natural latex rubber and stop at a local home to see how rice paper is made?
Arrival at tunnels, We enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant by the Saigon River. Then we watch the documentary film about tunnels during Vietnam War. Following are booby traps, secret entrances, fighting bunkers, air-holes, then craw to explore 3 levels of the tunnels. We stop at the weapon gallery and shooting range and return to Saigon in the afternoon.
Leave Saigon city centre and enjoy the scenic drive on the National Highway. After 1. hours transfer, we will start the ride in Long An, the getaways to Mekong Delta. Thanks to the fertile soils and fresh water all year rounds, the Mekong region offers the big rice bowls for the country, and many verdant fields, numerous orchards on flat land that are easy for you to explore. Enjoy lush scenery on small paths, cross the agricultural land. Discover the most rustic view of hamlets, experience the daily life of farmers. The bike routes are accessible with all terrains, concrete, dirt lance, gravel roads, and through verdant vegetation paddies, and vibrant hamlets in rural Dists of Long An and My Tho. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant locally in My Tho.
Afterward, you will transfer to Ham Luong bridge for the afternoon adventure. The smooth concrete paths under the shadow of coconut trees make your pace through villages and cross numerous rivers by ferries and narrow bridges. We ride through quiet villages, ride on tiny suspension bridges, enjoy ferry crossings water channels, with visiting coconut factories and family businesses. The smooth concrete paths under the shadow of coconut trees make your pace through villages and cross numerous rivers by ferries and narrow bridges. The rural villages offer different sceneries; rustic villages, lush water palms alongside water channels. At last, we have a ferry to Tra Vinh City in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, a 20-minute transfer you out of the town for a morning ride takes you deep into the homeland of the Khmer people (Cambodian). Most of them follow the Buddhism branch, which influenced original Buddhism from the Indian- Theravada. We ride the removed hamlets deeply, passing some of the monks walking along the villages, locals give them food. Visit many old colourful Khmer temples and the home of Khmer Ethnic, learn the history of Khmer Emprise and culture. Meet farmers working on farms, cross irrigation canals and fruit gardens—lunch en route, with a transfer 30 minutes to rural Dist of Vinh Long to continue biking. We explore some vibrant villages by the Mekong River, pedal through fruit orchards, have some ferry crossings, and end up today's ride in Binh Minh for a short drive to Can Tho, the capital of Mekong Delta Vietnam.
After breakfast, we check out for a motorized boat ride to the bustling Cai Rang floating market. Locals from rural villages usually take their farm products to this market by boat in the early morning. This is an opportunity you can activities surroundings are in action; sellers and buyers are exchange goods from sampans to sampans. Many little wooden boats move up and down and try to find good dealers for business, following the floating marketer, a transfer you to another side of Hau Giang River on the longest suspension bridge. We ride across farmlands of sweet potatoes, enjoy dirt track cycling, visit the home of Vietnamese producing rice and sticky rice powders. We stop off in Sadec town for the highlight visit to Huynh Thuy Le ancient house.
This wonderfully atmospheric 1895 house on the riverfront, near the market. Huynh Thuy Le was the son of a wealthy Chinese family who had an affair with Marguerite Duras in 1929 when she was only 15. She immortalized the romance in The Lover, eventually made into a film. The house is a Sino-French design with intricate interior woodwork, mother-of-pearl inlaid doors, heavy wooden furniture and original floor tiles made in France. Enjoy tasty lunch at the house before we bike through the village of flowers in the countryside of Sadec, enjoy watching colourful plants and flowers. Make some stops, admire the bright flower fields, and experience taking care of plants and flowers. Afterward, we cycle past rustic country and Buddhist pagodas. Finally, you will transfer to Cao Lanh city with a ferry crossing the Mekong River.
In the morning, we explore the wetland of the Mekong Delta and Giang island in An Giang province. Most of the removed village's houses are stilt-houses and built by local materials. This is the way we experience the life of locals through stilt-houses along the country roads. Stop at a crouching market at conners in rural where locals pass by. Enjoy the Mekong river's scenery on ferry boats, explore the islands, explore the peaceful, seemingly undiscovered Gieng island and its rustic villages. Cu Lao Gieng is considered one of the largest and oldest parishes in the Mekong Delta. Spend time to experience local culture, and ride past the Catholic monastery. Take some photos of the Monastery complex, visit one of the beautiful Roman churches on Gieng island.
We escape the island on the new bridge, looking over the catfish farms on the river—afterwards, a-30 minute transfer to Cho Moi for lunch. We explore the charming villages in the afternoon, pass many pagodas, verdant vegetation, and some hamlets along Bassac River, with many catfish farmings. We wander through villages along Bassac River, passing Cham Muslim community, scenic towns, take a ferry to Chau Doc.
Today we leave Vietnam for Cambodia by speed boat journey. Most international travellers love 4.5 hours on waterways between Vietnam and Cambodia, and it's a fantastic way to admire the natural beauty of the Mekong Delta's timeless scenery. The luxury boat offers comfortable seats, packed lunch on board, and a pro team with a local guide accompanies the group. The local guide will assist travellers' visa documents at Vinh Xuong Water Border Gate and the visa procedure at Kaamsamnor Border Gate before the boat arrives in Phnom Penh. Enjoy watching real life on river banks, fishing villages, bamboo-stilt houses, colourful floating villages, and regular local ferries take locals across the Mekong River.
After breakfast, say goodbye to the team and board the speed boat at 7: 15 am. Travellers who haven't got the Cambodia visa before the trip! and will get a Cambodia visa at the border. Please take 3 passport photos with you on the trip. Arrives in Phnom Penh at midday, meet your guide and driver transfer to the hotel. Explore the city on your own the rest of the day until dinner in town with your guide, and he will make a trip briefing the following days in Cambodia.
Please keep your passport, visa photos, and other related documents on your day bag for your visa application process. Your guide will help you with exit and visa procedures at both Vietnamese and Cambodian border gates. Please don't keep your passport and its papers in your suitcase.
Oudong is one of the ancient towns in Cambodia, at the base of Phnom Udong Mountain, northwest of Phnom Penh. It was the site of the royal capital from the 17th to the 19th centuries. There are many old Royal Palace and historical sites in Udong.
After breakfast, you'll transfer to Prev Phnov Bridge. We take a leisurely cycle through many small village communities, farmlands. The routes are varied terrains, from tarmac to gravel through stilt-house villages. Ride through rice paddies and stopping along the way to learn rich culture and history about this region. We explore Oudong Mountain, visit the Phreah Reach Traop Mountain, enjoy the stunning scenery, enjoy the views, looking over the green fields. Have a tasty lunch at a local home.
Following lunch, the ride continues through the Oudong town's outskirts toward to Kampong Chhnang. We back on the vehicle in a rural village on the way, and have a transfer to Kampong Chhnang.
Kampong Chhnang is an amazing tiny town and near the Ton Le Sap. Kampong Chhnang Province centuries ago was a coastal city on the route between China and India; due to sedimentation from the Mekong River, the coastline moved much farther to sea. When the Tonle Sap river changed its course, the city lost its primary water source and thus was deserted, the population moving to a town called Kampong Tralach. A city gradually formed around it, bring new life to Kampong Chhnang. A museum presents the archaeological record of the city's history.
Today we set off a bit earlier because there is a long way to Battambang. We'll transfer 1.5 hours to Krakor township, and we ride to Kampong incredible Luong Floating village. Take a-30 minute composite boat ride to experience local daily activities, pass grocery shops, local schools, petrol stations, pagodas, hospitals, and ice factories. See locals making dried fish. Fish lined up in neat rows on skewers on the sun, and the fish will be kept for up to a year. The entire village life is on floating houses and boats.
Afterwards, we enjoy dirt track cycling through lowland country farms of mixed vegetables, rice paddies, passing numerous ancient temples. The routes are trail, dirt track, and many are shady palm trails. Then we ride along the Pusat river. Lunch en route. Today's ride will end at Pusat town, and you'll transfer to Battambang.
Battambang founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire. Battambang is the leading rice-producing province of the country. For nearly 100 years, it was a central commercial hub and the provincial capital of the Siamese province of Inner Cambodia (1795-1907). However, Khmer is always populated with some ethnic Vietnamese, Laos, Thai, and Chinese. Battambang remains the hub of Cambodia's northwest, connecting the region with Phnom Penh and Thailand.
After leisurely breakfast, we ride from the hotel, follow the minor road running along Sangker River. Once we get out of the town, we stop at the old colonial railway that was abandoned for a long time and then locals use the rails to transfer goods and farm products- called bamboo trains. Enjoy a short bamboo trip through lush countryside, and continue the ride. Explore the verdant agriculture fields, ancient temples, and vibrant villages and learn more about local businesses and industries. Visit many workshops making local snacks from rice, bananas, tapiocas, and cook sticky rice in bamboo. We back on the vehicle to return to the hotel, shower, check out and enjoy lunch before 2.5 hours transfer to Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the largest religious complexes in the world. It's your highlight spot on your trip, and you'll transfer to Angkor Wat's entrance. We ride a circuit around some of the temples and ride to Ta Prohm, the well-known temples overgrown by trees, then to Bayon in Angkor Thom, Bayon temple, the Terrace of the Elephants. Explore many mysterious giants carved faces, incredibly detailed carvings. Enjoy lunch at a small restaurant and continue your discovery of Angkor.
Enjoy breakfast and spend time shopping in Siem Reap until a pick up for Siem Reap international airport. Tour End!
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.