Meandering the Mekong Delta by bike 7D/6N

 Tour code

 VBT: 7A - MTB

 Duration

 7 days/ 6 nights

 No. of cycling days

 6 full days and a half

 Distance

 350 - 420 km

 Minimum ages to ride

 9

 Group size

 Mi: 02 - Max: 04

 Tour meets

 in HCM 

 Tour ends

 in HCM

 Road surface

 Mixed dirty track, concrete path and country back roads

 What's included

 What's not included

-  Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists and luggage

- Personal travel insurance

- Truck to carry all bikes and spare bikes, tool kits

- Single accommodation

- New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brakes

- Other personal expenses

- Helmets, new bottles of water

- Drinks are not included with any meal

- All entrance fees and boat rides

 

- All ferry tickets in countryside

 

- B = 6 Breakfasts, L = 7 Lunches, D = 6 Dinners

 

- Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits and facial tissues

 

- 6 nights: double room and twin share

 

- Experienced English speaking bike guides

 

- Pick up & drop off at hotels

 

Dates

Destinations

Activities

Distance

Meals

 Day 01

 HCM - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

 Cycling + transfer

 25 - 50 km 

 L/D

 Day 02

 Tra Vinh- Soc Trang- Bac Lieu

 Cycling + transfer

 30 - 80 km 

 B/L/D

 Day 03

 Bac Lieu - Vi Thanh - Rach Gia

 Cycling + transfer

30 - 80 km 

 B/L/D

 Day 04

 Rach Gia - Tri Ton - Chau Doc

 Cycling + tranfser

35 - 90 km 

B/L/D

 Day 05

 Chau Doc- My Luong- Cao Lanh

 Cycling + transfer

30 - 70 km 

B/L/D

 Day 06

 Cao Lanh - Sadec - Can Tho

 Cycling + transfer

30 - 65 km 

B/L/D

 Day 07

 Can Tho - Vinh Long - HCM

 Cycling - transfer

30 km+ 

B/L


Day 01: Ho Chi Minh - Tra Vinh
After you are picked up hotel then we spend an hour on driving on A/C van/bus to countryside, Long An province. In the morning countryside biking takes you along scenic paths across through picturesque old villages, rice paddies, dragon fruit and vegetable plantation. We will top for lunch in My Tho city. In the afternoon, the ride will start in rural village of Mo Cay. Your guide will choose shady pathways to cycle through jungle like plantations on smaller foot paths of banana's coconuts. You will have break stop every couple of hours. Then we take ferry to further side of Co Chien River to Tra Vinh.

  • 25 - 50km, easy/moderate
  • Lunch/ Dinner

Day 02: Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu 
ra Vinh and Soc Trang have pleasant country cycling routes. All are smooth concrete paths through lovely villages allow you to discover, experience not only life styles and daily life of Khmer, Chinese but alo culture and history. We'll enjoy riding on dirty track through Khmer community, a concrete vein weaving its way through the vibrant green scenery. We ride on local trails through farmlands, little charming villages, Khmer temples, and primary schools in rural villages. After we have a ferry crossing Dung Islet to Da Ngai town, we cycle on concrete path and crossing natural creeks before a transfer to Bac Lieu city in late afternoon.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 03: Bac Lieu - Vi Thanh - Rach Gia 
Vi Thanh is knows as a new town after it was government divided Hau Giang into 2 provinces. It is almost none-touristy city and very new to tourists. The highlight of today' cycling is to explore a network of natural creeks through removed villages and rice paddy fields and small local floating markets on your way cycling to Vi Thanh. In the afternoon, to avoid traffic heavily in city Vi Thanh city, we will realx 30 minutes on A/C van to outskirts to continue afternoon ride. We cycle on small asphalt countryside roads, through huge rice fields, tiny villages along river, and share space with locals on small ferries. Then we get on van/bus to Rach Gia city.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 04: Rach Gia - Tri Ton - Chau Doc
Today's cycling will begin after A/C van taking you Urban Dist where you ready for off-road cycling. We pedal on path, single track across villages and wild grass fields, cajeput forest along river as you racing with local cargo boats. Then we follow a single track along eucalyptus field to mountain To which is near Tri Ton. Passing some pagodas through palm trees closed to mountain. Stop for lunch at Tri Ton town. 
Tri Ton Dist belonged to An Giang province which owned many beautiful mountains and hilly single track and country back roads in the Delta of Vietnam. This is a chance you can challenge cycling skills and enjoy beautiful road; see farmers harvesting chili, tapioca, and corns. Then we carry on our cycling adventure on back road to Tra Su forest. This is the best time you explore this forest included; motor boat ride, sampan boat rowing, see many kids of birds, bats when they are going back home to sleep. Have a short transfer to hotel after visiting Tra Su forest.

  • 35 - 90km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 05: Chau Doc - Cho Moi - Cao Lanh
Enjoy an hour motorized boat to catfish farms and floating village before you discover the lowland of Dong Thap province. You will mingle with children on bike on rural road through villages of house on stilts. Ride on dirt track to Cho Moi, pedal past Hoa Hao Buddhism holy temple. On your afternoon cycle, we ride to the Monastery, which was built 120 years ago by the French. The first monastery building site was established in 1874 in Indochina. Then we will explore Gieng Islet; enjoy cycling on smooth country back roads, stopping at local markets, fruit garden before we get on small ferry to Cao rural Dist of Cao Lanh. From here we will have a cycle leisurely through the countryside by Mekong River, passing mango orchards sometime. Today’ ride will end up at urban Dist then we have a transfer to cao lanh city by van/bus

  • 30 - 70km, easy/ moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 6: Cao Lanh - Sadec - Can Tho 
Cao Lanh is new town after 1975 and Sadec was the main town before Vietnam War. You can see difference between new and old. The drowsy former capital of Dong Thap province, Sadec is a comparatively peaceful city of tree-lined streets and fading colonial villas. Your guide will lead you cycling beautiful route through flowery villages, flower plantation and will have lunch at the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le. In this afternoon, cycling adventure through the countryside will bring you up close and personal with friendly local people, their unique culture and beautiful villages all the way to Can Tho.

  • 25 - 65km, easy/ moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 7: Can Tho - Vinh Long - HCM 
The highlight of your last day is a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market and you can see it in action.  Then you enjoy half day cycling to Vinh Long on country back road before we return to HCM by vehicle.

  • 30km, easy/ moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Reviews

Mirja Mattern and Rainer Hermann Matern from Germany

We touched the living in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. It was a pleasure to take part on this trip. Unbelievable Trip! we saw so much more than we expected. We immersed ourselves in the mekong Delta with its people, culture, foods and fruits. We did not know what to expect in the beginning and were amazed about the tour. Our bike guide and driver went above and beyond for us. Thank you for that. We really enjoyed ourselves! Its wonderful how much and how many different things we saw and experienced during this trip. 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 Nov, 2017

Sarah Noman party of 4 from UK

Dat was an excellent guide, giving interesting information about what we saw as we cycled. I think he was able to judge the fitness of our group and get thee daily distances about right. His choices of meal stops were good and he was keen to ensure we had enough to eat, taking into account the mixed preferences of our group( two meat eaters and two non meat eaters). The bikes were of good quality! 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 Nov, 2017

Caroline Harnin party of 4 from UK

Dat is an excellent ambassador for the country of Vietnam and the Backdoads tour company. His knowledge of the plants and crops was great and he allowed us to stop and see, smell wherever possible. He expertly guided us through local cuisine and balanced the need of a picky vegetarian very well. I would say that some days the mileage did seem in the afternoon, about making up the distance so if might be worth offering same option will difference distance. On the cultural side Dat was very patent answering our questions and then looking for examples to show us when he saw them, this really makes us feel appreciated. 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 -13 Nov, 2017

Suzanne, Irene Farrow and Teigan from Australia

Dat was a lovely guide and person. I recommend Dat for rides with ladies that are also interested in health and nutrition. He was very attentive and sportive to change the ride according to our fitness, endurance and the weather, and other health needs. Would have like a little more free time to explore local (not tourist) markets. very happy with this choice of tour. My favorite was water hyacinth way. I will recommend this tour to my family and friends in Australia. Dat was excellent, adjusting tour to suit us. Flexible on really hot days. The information Dat provided was excellent, very interesting. Dat ensured Teigan got medical attention when she was sick. Dat was excellent in his knowledge of Vietnam. He knew all the answers to our questions plus more. 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 June, 2017

Linh party from Canada

Hi Mr Van, Just want to thank you, Hue, A. Trung, and Chu Hoang for a memorable biking experience. It was truly a special reason for me to tour the Mekong Delta. I have been posting my journey on Face Book so my friends & family could follow me on my journey. Please share this link with Mr Trung and driver, Mr Hoang. I will be in Saigon until Tuesday morning so feel free to call A Minh's cell phone if you wish to contact me while I'm still here. I hope to find myself back in VN again soon so I can go on another biking adventure. Saigon - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Soc Trang - Bac Lieu - Ca Mau - Rach Gia - Chau Doc - Saigon 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 -9 - 10 July 2012

Swie Lan party of 11 from Australia

'Van the Man' has provided us yet another superb bike tour for the second time for my group of 11 people this time. What can I say? I was so impressed with his service back in 2016 and I came back with a bigger group this time and Mr Van, once again excelled in all areas of accommodation, food, places visited (fruit plantations; flower gardens; brick factories; fish farm etc), those 'Giant' mountain bikes, continuous water supply, fresh fruit for morning and afternoon teas and last but not least were our excellent guides Mr Dat & Mr Loc. Mr Dat and Mr Loc were superb during our tour. Their attentiveness, professionalism; friendliness and knowledge of the area were second to none. We rode the back roads of Mekong Delta for 7 days where we saw and experience the real people and how they live in the Mekong Delta areas where it is still untouched by tourists. Children were always happy to see us pass their houses and their schools and always greeted us with 'hellos' and big smiles on their beautiful faces. It is highly recommended for those who would love to see the real Viet Nam, its people, their way of lives, their culture and of course the fruit plantations in the delta. Go with 'Van the Man' the founder of Vietnam Backroads. It is owned and operated by a locally cycling company that provides a very unique experience to see the real Viet Nam. Once again, on behalf of my group, I would like to 'thank you' Mr Van for providing us with an unforgettable experience riding Meandering Mekong Delta with your Vietnam Backroads Company!!!!! Our thanks also go to Mr Loc and Mr Dat. 'Never say never again. 20 - 26 Feb, 2017

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