GRACEFUL SAIGON MOTORBIKE TOUR TO NAM CAT TIEN AND MUI NE
By Minh Hoang
This motorbike tour is the perfect way to discover around and through farmlands, plantations, reservoir lakes, jungles, and highland passes which give you a vista into the natural beauty of Vietnam. Tour ends in Mui Ne where you can continue your trip onwards to the central or north of Vietnam.
Saigon motorbike tour to Nam Cat Tien, Ta Dung and Mui Ne – Itinerary:
DAY 1: Saigon motorbike tour to Nam Cat Tien, Ta Dung and Mui Ne ; SAIGON – NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK, 150KM (L,D)
Getting out of busy Saigon, we take the off roads to Nam Cat Tien National Park, around 150 kilometers away. A ferry brings us to the other side of Dong Nai River for our drive on to and around Tri An lake, the second largest in Vietnam and built for producing hydro power.
We continue our drive by smaller roads through the fertile natural reserve before getting on another ferry taking us to the headquarters of Nam Cat Tien park. This section may prove to be the toughest of the trip. No worries about photos stop and lunch, we know that you are on vacation, we offer a very relaxed trip with many photo opportunities, and lunch is served whenever you need to eat!
In the late afternoon, a local guide takes you to a path, on which adventurers trek through vast areas of trees to explore the real tropical jungle. Overnight stay in a standard hotel.
Highlights of the day:
Driving along Tri An lake and through the natural reserve.
Hiking and exploring the natural reserve in Nam Cat Tien park.
DAY 2: Saigon motorbike tour to Nam Cat Tien, Ta Dung and Mui Ne : NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK – QUANG KHE (130 KM) (B,L,D)
A welcome surprise greets the new day with many birds of different colors perched in the trees and wandering in grassy scrub on islets in the lake in search of food. In the early morning and at sunset, these birds sing in chorus and help visitors forget about their busy life at home.. Another exciting day with dust on your face, wind in your hair, camera at hand and poised for the next shot.
We drive to Da Teh, an isolated town surrounded by tea and coffee plantations, and continue over mountains passes. Let yourself get swallowed up in the picturesque scenic highland, a sea of green color everywhere you look to the endless horizon. As usual, we stop anywhere and you can shoot at will.
In the late afternoon, we check in at the guesthouse in Quang Khe near by Ta Dung Lake, before a discovery trip to the lake in the next morning. Dinner with barbecued fish from the lake or buffalo or free range chicken and local rice wine will make the night last longer. After that we can call it a day!
Highlights of the day:
Driving though the many tea & coffee plantations
Many stops on the way to take in the picturesque scenery of the highlands
DAY 3: Saigon motorbike tour to Nam Cat Tien, Ta Dung and Mui Ne : QUANG KHE – TA DUNG LAKE – MUI NE, FROM THE HIGHLANDS TO THE COAST. (B,L)
We start the day by getting on a ferry and cruise to other side of Ta Dung Lake. The jade colored lake consists of many islets and is framed by pine trees; on the crossing we’ll pass some local fish farms. This lake is still unknown for most international travelers, even to the Vietnamese. The water here is so transparent that it reflects the beautifully shaped pine trees and birds flying in the sky, making the lake and surroundings like a picturesque painting.
we take a stunning winding drive down to the coast to the oceanfront town of Mui Ne. During the trip can stop at vegetable and flower farms, hill tribe villages, and coffee plantations. Besides winding by forested mountains for much of the way, the road hits over 1000 metres as we traverse the pass and take in some spectacular views down to the coast.
After reaching Mui Ne, we bid you fare well. Your trip can be continued up north or back to Saigon by bus, train or plan and we can help you with your travel plans as well as hotel/resort accommodation.
Highlights of the day:
Riding around Ta Dung Lake
Beautiful scenery on the way down to Mui Ne
End of services!
Note: This tour requires an adventurous spirit and a strong backside. Sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended.
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
English-speaking tour guide
Motorbike (Automatic, Semi Auto, Manual)
Gasoline or petrol
Accommodation at standard hotels
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Drinks : 1 local beer for lunch, cold water or coffee for stopover
Saigon, Cat Tien National Park, Dalat – Lak Lake, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Kon Tum, Hoi An via My Son Sanctuary, Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An, DMZ & Khe Sanh, Phong Nha Caves, Tan Ky, Cuc Phuong National Park, Mai Chau, Hanoi