After you are picked up at your hotel in hotel, we spend an hour on driving on free way to Tan An town for a morning ride. See daily activities of farmers, gardeners working on their own land, ride through vegetable plantation, rice paddies, dragon fruit farmland, and bike across irrigation canals. The morning ride will end up in Long Dinh village. Our guide will choose the best local restaurant for your lunch. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to share room with locals on ferry boat before you ride through An Binh Island to home-stay
Cai Be' countryside is a peaceful place to stay an overnight at local home. Waterway is the best ways of local transport with all different sizes and shapes. Farmlands are green, laden with coconut palms, rice fields, orchards and irrigation canals will let you see a unique area of Mekong Delta. We ride througho villages, have some ferry crossings along the way, to give you an up close perspective of Vietnamese life on the river. From home-stay, we cycle through the Island of An Binh, past local markets, schools, and fruit gardens on dirty track to Cho Lach. After lunch, a short transfer to avoid getting hot, we choose the best route for your afternoon’ riding. A pleasure cycle ride in the afternoon is to take time to explore beautiful scenery of coconut homeland, water palms before a publish ferry taking to further side of Upper branch of Mekong River
Tra Vinh is the seaside province in Mekong Delta but many local beaches at Ba Dong are not popular because they are too far from city and water is also not very clear. The most attraction to travelers are lovely scenery, colorful temples and Khmer people and its cultures. The highlights to travelers are amazing landscapes and its cycle routes which you can bike on to as getting close to friendly peasants and Khmer people. Today you will be cycling on beautiful paths, past the farmlands and stopping at some hamlets on your way cycling to Cau Ke for lunch. The ride in the afternoon starts in Tra On town. Explore many small islets by bike and having many local ferries crossing to Binh Minh town. Then a short transfer you to hotel in city of Can Tho.
Cai Rang is the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta. It’s a real floating market. It starts around 05:00 and runs until 8:30 AM, meaning boat tours pick up around 05:00. It’s a six kilometer around a 30-minute boat ride from Can Tho. You really need to see the market in action. After a boat ride you to this market, this boat will get through this market slowly so that you see people exchanging farm products from small boats to big boats. On the morning ride, we ride along rivers, farmland of orchards, passing timber factories, rice husking mills and kindergartens and middle-schools along countryside back road. In the afternoon, we ride cross rice fields, through villages of thatch houses, house on stilts by rivers, canals and stopping at Bang Lang stork garden before a transfer takes you to Long Xuyen city
Today, we cycle through the farmlands which were abandoned lands before 1975. Since 1980, Mekong farmers had moved and settled in the areas. Witness first-hand how big the rice bowl of Vietnam is. There will be many stops at small markets, and coffee shop along the ways. After we have lunch in Tan Phu market, then carry on our cycling holidays through hamlets, ride on single track, country paths to Tra Su forest. Home to 140 types of flora, 70 species of birds, 11 types of animals, 25 species of reptiles, and 23 kinds of fish, the forest is a nature lover’s dream. We explore the area on a day trip in what turns out to be one of our most magical destinations in all of the Mekong Delta. A short walk from the parking area takes us to the small pier where boats wait to take us into the flooded forest. If time permitted, our bicycle ride will be continued to Vinh Te canals and then to Chau Doc town
You will be picked up at hotel and transferred to the dock. The boat ride takes an hour to Vinh Xuong, Vietnam border gate. Then we continue enjoy boat ride to Cambodia border gate for Cambodia visa checking/ application before it taking you to Phnom Penh. A four hour boat trip will take you to Phnom Penh capital. On the boat, you will have a chance to enjoy scenery alongside of river banks of Mekong River upstream to Cambodia. Our team will pick up you and take to your hotel for check in. Free to explore capital city by your own.
Depart from hotels at 8:00AM then we take a boat trip to cruise along Mekong River and end it up on Island of Koh Dack Island. This boat ride gives you a chance to capture so much beautiful scenery along river bank. We'll explore experience daily life through Island, stop at some family workshop making silk by hand. In the afternoon, our ride continues on country back roads; passing thatch houses along villages, schools, local marks from villages to villages. Stay a night in town of Kampong Cham
Today is along day ride but our bike guide will choose the best routes so that your adventures become more interesting. You will also stop at many colourful temples and historical relics Breakfast at hotel, a transfer in early morning takes you to rural village where you will start cycling. You will pedal pass quiet villages, rice paddies, palm trees, robber plantation. The rest of the day is on private vehicle driving to Siem Reap
Ride to Angkor temple, we cycle to explore surroundings, to discover incredible temples of Angkor complex. You will visit featured temples such as: the pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’; Sras Srang known as the King's bathing pond; and the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city. After lunch it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. We return to hotels by vehicles.
The last day of your adventure is to visit the most expertly carved Banteay Srey temple, located around 40 km. We turn off the main roads from Angkor temple cycling cycle through lush jungles to Banteay Srey which was the citadel of Women with superbly intricate reliefs of male and female divinities. Its an amazing that it was made from red pink sandstone that no temple else possibly competed. It has become one of visitor’s favorite temples as its intricate, beautiful, detailed carvings displaying Khmer classical art, culture and civilization. Visit the land mine museum on your way back to Siem Reap by vehicle. Tour End!
Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on a variety of roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. There are four Ethnic groups of people ling in Mekong Delta of Vietnam. They are Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. According to locations, provinces lowland, jungles and Islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, hictorical sites/relics, countryside villages and removed hamlets and sandy beaches create sceneries, landcapes and offer plenty of opportunities for cyclists to see people lives and enjoy beautiful countryside and different cultures of locals. However, Mekong Delta River has thousand branches; natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are so important in 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 first cycle tour operator exlore 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 also the path finder is Mr Van nick named "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously researched, investigated and scouted out and mapped out before hand by Mr Van the man. All of our guides are well trained in bike maintenance and navigation and know all routes as they are on their hands. All bike guides can tailor make a custom route which is suitable to your wish; cycling ability and skills.
You do not have to ride the exact kilometer which are indicated on the tour itineraries. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose some longest distance that more than 80km per day if a full day ride. You could spend more time on cycling if you think the biking distance is too short !, or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time to take photos, to stop at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.
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. In fact, 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 last of April. Farmers make 3 crops of rice per year so travelers not only meet them at their home but also seeing them working on farmlands. Especially, dry season is closed to Vietnamese Lunar New Year and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. Weather is nice, low temperature and cooler than other season.
- The wet season is called 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 as 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. Its from last of August to early of Nov. Its 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 really good time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mostly in the afternoon and only lasts for an hour or so. 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.
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 A/C 16 seater van.Two people seat on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seat will be fold up so all bikes will be uploaded here.
A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people
There will be 2 vehicles to support riders on entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, ice box to keep cold drinks....
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...Ice box
A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people
We provide 2 minibuses 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.
Mountain Bike wheel size 27.5 with hydraulic brake: S = 15", M = 17", L = 19", XL = 21".
- Each bike has a handlebar bag
1 - Good quality and lightweight Giant MTB 27.5" frames
2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , good choice for off riding
3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding
4 - Deore Shimano Group set
5 - 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 off road riding and touring long trips
9 - Good soft grips
10 - FSA sealed bearing headset
11 - Massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings
12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van's team.