Vietnamese cuisine is reflective of the Vietnamese lifestyle, from the preparation to how the food is served. Going through long phases of war and political conflict, as well as cultural shifts, the vast majority of the Vietnamese people have been living in poverty. Therefore, the ingredients for Vietnamese food are often very inexpensive but nonetheless, the way they are cooked together to create a yin-yang balance makes the food simple in appearance but rich in flavor. Due to economic conditions, maximizing the use of ingredients to save money has become a tradition in Vietnamese cooking. In earlier decades and even nowadays in rural areas, every part of a cow is used, from the muscle meat to the intestines; nothing is wasted. The higher quality cuts from farmed animals (cows, pigs) would be cooked in stirfry, soup or other dishes, while the secondary cuts would be used in blood sausages or soup. The same goes for vegetables like scallions: the leafy part is diced into small bits which are used to add flavor to the food while the crunchy stalk and roots are replanted.
The Mekong Delta really is ‘as flat as a pancake’, so cyclists of different levels can join any of our tours without worrying too much about not being in top shape. In fact, the Mekong Delta region would have to be one of the most user-friendly biking locations you could ever imagine! That makes it a fantastic location for a family or a group of friends to enjoy the time of their lives whilst touring in an ecologically sustainable way! By staying off main roads and travelling only on paths, dirt tracks and country backroads, we aim to give you a unique opportunity to smell, touch and taste the REAL Mekong Delta. You will have a chance to meet a lot of real locals who aren't trying to sell you something! Years of research and constant refinement of our product has led us to where we are today, where we can offer you well organized, top quality bike trips and the best service, at highly competitive prices. We are 100% confident that you will love our tours, because we at Vietnam Backroads are a local tour company, the cycle path finders and planners, and we take great pride in our product