Massive Vietnam motorbike tour into Mekong Delta via Soc Trang and Long Xuyen – 5 Days
By Duong Dong
Ride deep into Mekong Delta of Vietnam, discover the lives on water of local residents, walk through fruitful orchards, boat trips on branches of Mekong river, dine and stay at local hosts.This motorbike tour is an easy adventure for those who wish to discover the beautiful Southern part of Vietnam
Morning, our guide with motorbikes will pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and depart to Can Duoc, belongs to Long An Province on dirty off-roads. This town is known as the land of jasmine rice, sticky rice in the country. Take a short ride westward to visit Ancient Rach Cat Fortress, one of greatest fortress in Vietnam built in 1903 by French. Then ride eastward to visit an ancient house with 100 columns. Here we will enjoy tea and fruits offered by the owner of the ancient house. Continue riding to Cho Gao (or Rice Market), passing through quaint villages and dragon fruit farms. Arrive in My Tho – the heart of the Mekong Delta, stop by the bank of Tien Giang River. Have lunch then take a boat trip on Mekong River to Ben Tre. En-route visit some local families, taste honey-bee and enjoy fruits then visit some workshops producing coconut candy. Overnight at local house in Ben Tre.
DAY 2: BEN TRE MOTORCYCLE TOUR PASSING TRA VINH TO SOC TRANG
After breakfast with the friendly host, start to ride from your home-stay to Mo Cay, ride through coconut plantation, water palm fields and cross Co Chien River by ferry to Tra Vinh city. Arrive at Tra Vinh City – a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer, have lunch at a local restaurant then take a short break. In the afternoon, pass Khmer villages & short pause at Khmer temples before riding to Cau Quan and take ferry to the small beautiful Island named “Cu Lao Dung”. On unpaved roads with tiny orchards along riverside, we can stop a while for break & taking photo then do riding further 3 km to another ferry to Dai Ngai, Soc Trang province. Overnight in Soc Trang.
In the morning, take a short city tour of Soc Trang to visit Khmer Museum, Clay Pagoda, and Bat pagoda where hundreds of bat hanging on the top of the trees before taking rural roads to Can Tho. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Arrival Can Tho city, we continue riding 10kms to Cai Son canal for home stay. Check in then take a slow ride along the path of fruit orchards and sometimes you may also hear the birds singing, cocks warbling at sunset. Pay visits at one orchard, small woodwork shop, tree garden laden with fruits, rice fields. On the village roads, we may catch many interesting scene of children bathing in the river, ladies rowing boat to bring fruits home after harvest. This is a great time to enjoy the full of plainness, quietness of the southern countryside and hospitality of the Mekong delta locals. When night gradually falls, ride back to the local house for home stay. Dinner at the local host.
6.30 AM, wake up early for simple breakfast with Vietnamese coffee (with or without condense milk). 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 homestay for check out. Then we will ride back to Can Tho city for a short visit at 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. Late morning, we depart Can Tho and head to Long Xuyen City with stops at Thot Not’s crafts village & famous Bang Lang Stork Garden. First stop en route is the crafts villages of Thot Not District such as Di Tho lop village (Lop is a tool made of bamboo to catch fishes), Ba Rui cookstove (made of clay) village, and Thom Rom net village. Then next stop is at Bang Lang Sanctuary of Thousands of Storks. Overnight in Long Xuyen.
Morning, we will leave our motorbikes at hotels and try a “xe loi”, the local colonial-era cab pulled by motorbike, to see the town before back to hotel and continue on our “steel horses” to ride on back roads and little track by waterway to Ho Chi Minh City via Cao Lanh town. On the way, we will do a pause at Xeo Quyt Revolutionary Base, an old former soldier will be your local guide and take you into the boundless watery cajeput by rowing a boat. Lunch in Xeo Quyt restaurant, After lunch, continue heading to Saigon via Cai Be Dist. The trip concludes at your hotel.
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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 or French speaking guide
Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)
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