Leave the modern city of Ho Chi Minh for exploring untouched countryside of Can Duoc and Go Cong Districts. A short transfer you by private vehicle to rural Dist of Ho Chi Minh to begin a morning ride. Today' bicycle riding is divided into 2 different sections. In the morning, we bike through Can Duoc' countryside; biking through jasmine rice paddy fields, okra, squash vegetable fields. We stop for lunch in small town of Can Duoc. Can Duoc district is a major rice producer, particularly Jasmine rice (Nang Thom) which is grown nationwide. But, the most delicious is Nang Thom Cho Dao variety cultivated in My Le commune. The taste is silky, soft and delicate flavor from the unique exotic region because of its. After lunch, we bike to ferry where we cross Vam Co River. Our pleasure ride is on unique paths along Vam Co River; passing local farms which growing shrimp, fish. The last ferry will take us crossing rivers. Lovely countryside in Cho Gao and its' friendly people here makes your pleasant cycling become a highlight of today' adventure
After your breakfast at hotel, a short transfer you over Rach Mieu Bridge to Chau Thanh Dist, Ben Tre for a morning ride. Your guide will choose shady path to lead you cycling through plantations of coconut and banana. It has bike paths criss-cross its land and these paths link village to village. Enjoy some local' cakes, candy. Ride deeply on village road, bike deeply into coconut plantation, gardens, flower garden along Chau Thanh Dist outskirts. Your guide will arrange a locally made lunch. After lunch, you can take a rest on hammocks/ a short nap before the afternoon' ride continue. Passing local primary schools, kindergarten; see parents picking up their kids from school. Having tropical fruits at local market before our adventure continues cycling on smooth concrete paths through water palm, villages to Co Chien River.
Tra Vinh and Soc Trang have pleasant country cycling routes. There is a big population of Khmer people living here as their homeland. Today, you could explore not only daily lives of them but also learning ancient history and culture. We start our cycling adventure after 10 minutes transfer from hotel. All are smooth concrete paths through rural villages allows you to discover, to experience life styles and daily activities of not only Khmer but also Chinese. We will spend a morning on biking from Tra Vinh to Cau Quan via small town of Tieu Can. We travel across rice paddies, along canals and villages of Khmer, passing a hand of colorful temples, tiny thatch houses before we continue biking to Cau Quan Dist. Stopping at local restaurant in rural area for lunch. After first ferry crossing Mekong River to Dung Island where you explore the way of earning a living of locals on this Island. Ride past betel garden, sugar cane plantation, vegetable farm lands and fresh fish farms before a ferry taking to Long Phu town. Our private vehicle is standby here near this town. We get on our vehicle for half an hour driving to City of Soc Trang.
Our adventure day is a long way and it will divide into two different separate parts after a short transfer by vehicle. In the morning, we travel through lively countryside villages; bike through gently undulating farmland filled with large shrimp and fish farms, irrigation system and using 2 ferries to cross rivers before heading to Vinh Chau Dist. After lunch in town, you will have a transfer to avoid heat. In the afternoon, we bike through tranquil villages and bustling local markets of Khmer vegetable farming; Khmer growing chili pepper, sweet potato and other kinds of vegetable before we cycle on quiet back roads to Bac Lieu city.
Today is really a long day for us to benefit most from real life of local in untouched countryside, especially the way of earning a living. We pedal cross salt fields and shrimp farms and mangrove forest before we stop at Ganh Hao for lunch. This afternoon gives you a chance to experience daily activities in the areas that water way is a regular transport; small and long composite boats with long tailed engines are almost seen here. It is because they go fast and also could go on shallow water rivers and canals. The special narrow route through mangrove forest so you can see how hard people' life is. Then we continues our adventures through countryside of rural Dist in Ca Mau. Its so beautiful. You can see farmers working on farmland with buffaloes and cows. Many shelters along the country back roads are small for ducks, cows, buffaloes and we could stop for photo taken. We will end up our ride today in outskirt of Ca Mau city and get on A/C van/bus for driving to Ca Mau city
Today ‘ride is easy and lovely ride as we cycle on smooth path through untouched villages, small jungle. Especially, we cycle the real back roads long remote rivers; see many stilt houses, timber factories, and mangrove forests. We ride past tiny villages that Vietnamese and Chinese and Khmer living along river bank. You can see locals living use boat as main mean transport; cargo boats, water taxi, family high-speed boats with long tailed engine moving from different directions. After we have lunch at local restaurant, we get back to the bikes and continue to hit the path. We choose the best country back road to Tac Cau and have some ferry crossings in rural areas before we follow coastal road to Hoa Rach Gia Resort. Another option for the afternoon ride: who love to rock and roll on single track through cajuput forest for 15 km before we reach to small town where we get on van/bus for a transfer to Rach Gia city
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, cajuput 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 gentle 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. Then we will have a short transfer to hotel in Chau Doc town
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, passing corn farm land, fruit orchards, stopping at local markets for photo before we get on small ferry crossing to 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
The former town was Sadec but is small and was built by French. This town had become know to westerners since the movie "The lover" published. Marguerite Duras who lived in Sadec and met a wealthy local man before 1932. Cao Lanh is new town after 1975 . 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, we bike through sweet potatoes fields, local workshop producing rice/ stick rice powders, stopping at eel farms, frog farms. This ride will bring you up close and personal with friendly local people, their unique culture and beautiful villages all the way to Can Tho.
Can Tho is located in the center of the 12 provinces which is the capital of this region. It is not only famous for rice but is also well-known for its many floating markets. We'll have an early start by boat to a floating market when its still busy. and then we head back to the hotel for breakfast. Transfer for an hour to Vinh Long town where we will cross the Co Chien River. We continues travel by bike through An Binh and will have another ferry crossing to Cai Be. Then we enjoy delicious lunch at an ancient house. After lunch, we will cycle another 15 km on back roads to Cay Lay, Tien Giang province. Transfer to Saigon. Tour End!
Cycling adventures trips and biking holidays by Vietnam Backroads! you will ride on a variety of roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. We tailor make unique bike trips depending 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, Cao Lanh and Sadec...
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 maped 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 hand. 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 disctance 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
From last of May to July is Mr Van's yearly scouting trips. He travel by motorcycle as to update new routes for Vietnam Backroads. There will be many new routes for following trips. The riding is always away from busy roads. Mostly we ride on styles of small paths, trails, single track and quiet country back road through villages, farmlands, remote villages, fishing villages, along rivers, small jungle and mountainous areas...
Each itinerary with a well-informed; road surface and road conditions. Most of trails, paths and country back roads, 80% routes that our private vehicles (A/C van/ minibus could support riders. Please, do not worry about it and daily cycling distance. Its too short or too long ! You can meet our support vehicles at intervals of 15 - 25km/ every 15 - 25km. If someone in the group would love to take a rest on support vehicles and wish to continue his/her ride at the next point. Please, get on A/C vehicles to relax. Others in the group will continue biking as long as they wish!
Please, check out some hand draws maps that Mr Van maped out from 2007 to 2013. During this periods, Google map did not work in Vietnam.
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 nomral.