Prodigious Vietnam motorbike tour on Southern Coastal Lines
By Duong Dong
This is definitely the motorbike tour for you to discover the Southern coastal roads of Vietnam in 5 days. A medium-grade trip on the beautiful scenery roads where mountains and oceans lie between the roads we travel.Not like hard motor trips to the remote mountainous areas of Northwest Vietnam. As mentioned, this is quite a relax trip.
Early morning, we start our motorbike tour from your hotel in Saigon and head to Vung Tau beach city. On the way you will have chance to experience the busy traffic of Vietnam via Cat Lai Ferry where hundreds of motorbikes, cars, bicycles crossing the river on the ferry at one time. You will also witness one of the busiest ports of Vietnam at this point. Arrive in Vung Tau after 3 hour ride, continue on coastal highway of Vung Tau City, one of the most beautiful roads in Vietnam to visit Statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms,on top of Small Mountain. Then climb up to the peak of mountain facing to the ocean. Then continue riding to visit the beautiful pagoda of Reclining Buddha. Lunch break at the hotel and relax until 3pm, we continue visiting “White House” (Villa Blanche) which was built by the French (1898-1916) as a summer holiday house of French Governor General Paul Doumer. From its balcony there’s a panoramic view of Front Beach & small islets. Late afternoon is your free time of swimming and enjoying sunset on beach! Overnight in Vung Tau
Activities: 135km riding on the most stunning roads of Vietnam Swimming at Vung Tau Beach
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 2: VUNG TAU MOTORBIKE TOUR TO PHAN THIET (KEGA CAPE)
Breakfast at your hotel & check out. Back on our “steel horses” and we will visit Minh Dam historical mountain and Long Phuoc Tunnels. Then motorcycle to Phuoc Hai hamlet, we will be impressed by the beautiful scenery, especially the sections of road straddled by mountains and beaches. Picnic lunch en-route. Riding along coastal paved road, passing quiet pine forest of Loc An and we arrive Binh Chau hot spring, take a mud bath and relax on Hot Spring Lake for 2 hours. Afternoon, we will leave Hot Spring to Ke Ga Town – the outskirt of Phan Thiet City by a rural route, through rice fields, orchards and rustic villages with the coastline on your right. Late afternoon, arrive at the beautiful beach resort named Rock Garden with the exotic rock huts overlooking to the ocean. Overnight at Ke Ga Cape.
Activities: 166km riding from Vung Tau to Phan Thiet. Mud bath at Hot Springs
After breakfast at your hotel & check out, we ride to Ta Ku Mountain – 28kms southeast of Phan Thiet. Take a cable car to the top of mountain to visit the biggest Lying Buddha statue (58m long) in Vietnam and just relax admiring the spectacular panorama of the surrounding countryside. Afternoon, have lunch in the local restaurant and head to the centre of Phan Thiet city along sea-line. Upon arrival, visit to Duc Thanh School – the first school built in Central Vietnam where the nation 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. Overnight in Phan Thiet City
Activities: 85 km riding in Phan Thiet Swimming & sight seeing Taking cable car to Ta Ku Mount.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4: MUI NE CAPE: SAND DUNE TOUR
Morning, breakfast & check out. Back on our motorbike and ride 35kms forwards to famous Mui Ne Cape. 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 Mui Ne 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 Mui Ne Cape (optional) Overnight in Mui Ne Cape
Activities: 40 km riding in Phan Thiet (Mui Ne Cape) Swimming at Mui Ne Beach
DAY 5: MUI NE CAPE MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO MUONG MAN RAILWAY STATION – TRAIN BACK TO SAIGON
Morning, after breakfast & check out, we will leave beautiful Mui Ne Cape to Muong Man Railway Station which is located outskirt of Phan Thiet City. You will take the train SE7 departing at 11:30AM & arriving Ho Chi Minh City around 03:00 PM. Our tour guide & taxi will welcome at Saigon Railway Station and see you off at your hotel. (Accommodation in Saigon is not included in this trip but always available upon your request)
Activities: 45km riding from Mui Ne Cape to Muong Man Railway Station Taking train back to Saigon.
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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)
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