This 7-day motorbike tour started from Saigon to explore the hidden beauties of Mekong Delta before riding upto Da Lat then downward to Phan Thiet + Mui Ne will bring you an interesting visit to almost highlights of Southern Vietnam. Surely you’ll be satisfied with your all travel desires
DAY 1: SAIGON MOTORCYCLE TOUR PASSING MY THO TO CAI BE (-/L/D)
7.30 AM – Depart from Saigon to Tan An Town by motors through the peaceful villages. The scene changes from bustling streets with buildings and noise to peaceful rice paddles with cottages and small houses on the way – in the open air of “steel horses”. Stop for a rest in My Tho. Lunch in local restaurant. Keep riding to Cai Be along the sides of Tien River to enjoy the tranquil rice fields, orchards, water buffalos, ducks are swimming in the same rivers. Arrive at Cai Be in the late afternoon. You, with your motorbikes, will take a boat to the Vietnamese Tradional Ancient House, which is one of the nicest and oldest in the South of Vietnam remained intact over hundred years old and after so many turbulent occurrences in the war time. Enjoy a welcome dinner will be prepared by friendly local host with warmness to get your energy back. Homestay in Cai Be.
Activities: 180 km motors riding (5 hours) 30 minutes transfer by boat Culture Exchange at homestay
DAY 2 : CAI BE MOTORCYCLE TOUR PASSING VINH LONG TO CAN THO (B/L/D)
After early breakfast with Vietnam bean coffee, start your day with the motor rides on the island. It is a great chance for you to meet the local villagers, farmers. A short cruise on Tien River to visit the most unique floating market of Southern Vietnam. Disembark in Vinh Long pier in late morning; we head for Cantho on your motors with stops on the way to experience the daily life in the Mekong Delta region. Overnight in Cantho.
DAY 3 : CAN THO MOTORCYCLE TOUR PASSING CAI RANG TO SAIGON (B/L/-)
6.30AM – Ride to Ninh Kieu Pier to take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, one of the busiest fruit market in Southeast Asia. We have a long distance cruise & walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine. Back to Hotel for breakfast. Then we will have short visit to Can Tho central market and Binh Thuy ancient house whose design is a combination of Vietnam and France with interesting involved stories but also a garden with various flowers and fruits, including a wide range of orchids and a record cactus. Motorcycle heading back to Saigon by 1A highway on your “steel horses” with stops for rest. Lunch en route. Arrive your hotel in Saigon in late afternoon.
DAY 4 : HO CHI MINH CITY MOTORBIKING TO BAO LOC – LAM DONG – DA LAT (B/L/D)
The journey northwards begins as we depart Ho Chi Minh and pass through the many tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Da Lat, sometimes known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. The drive is long but views are fantastic all along the way. Once arriving in Da Lat we can soak up the cool climate as much as we want by spending our time to wander around and catch our first glimpse of this town. The influence of the French is evident in local culture and architecture since Da Lat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat in the coastal plains and the chaos of Saigon. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. O/N in Da Lat.
Activities: 250 km motors riding (6.5 hours) Offroad Biking over the mountains & jungles
DAY 5 : DA LAT MOTORBIKING TO MUI NE CAPE (B/L/D)
Today we enjoy a drive through the charming pine hill to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai. He was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. This mansion displays a lovely collection of Vietnam treasures. We follow it with a trip to the sacred Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse. This construction is well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. The lively central market and the old rail station are also visited before we travel by roads passing through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Mui Ne. En route we stop at Ca Na beach to see friendly fishermen using fishing nets to catch fish or communicate with the locals to understand more about their life Check-in at hotel in Mui Ne and then free time to view the Sunset on the sea O/N in Mui Ne
Activities: 230 km motors riding (5 hours) Beach Relaxation
DAY 6 : MUI NE CAPE WITH SAND DUNE TOUR – MOTORBIKING TO PHAN THIET (B/L/D)
Morning, breakfast & check out. Back on our motorbike and ride 35kms forwards to famous Phan Thiet. On the way, pay a visit at the Fairy stream, then pause to discover the fishing village of Mui Ne and further on is the enormous red sand dunes. Continue your trip and enjoy the motor ride with stop to discover how fishermen doing the daily work: net fishing, selling fish, mending fishing net. Last stop is at Bau Sen – a vast sand dune which has inspired numerous photographers for many years. We arrive in Phan Thiet around 2.00PM. The rest of day is your own at leisure. This day is also a chance for you to try wind-surfing on beautiful beaches at Phan Thiet (optional) Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Activities: 40 km riding in Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Cape) Swimming at Phan Thiet Beach
DAY 7 : PHAN THIET MOTORBIKING TO SAIGON (B/L/-)
Morning, breakfast & check out then you will be at leisure on the beach for a while. After that, we will ride to visit to Duc Thanh School – the first school built in Central Vietnam where the national Hero “Ho Chi Minh” used to be a teacher there, then visit Chua Ong Pagoda. A stop to explore the central market before continues drive to Van Thuy Tu – a temple where fishermen in Phan Thiet believe and worship their God of the Sea. We then have a lunch at a local restaurant before riding back to Saigon. End of the trip
Activities: 230 Km of riding (5 hours) Swimming & sight seeing
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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).
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English speaking guide
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary with 1 night for homestay and 6 nights at standard hotel (based on twin or double shared)
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