MEANDERING MEKONG Cycling Tour, Vietnam
NUMBER OF GROUP – 02 – 12 PERSONS

NUMBER OF DAYS – 5 DAYS
VALIDITY OF PRICE to 30 Sep 2017

VIETNAM

Please note that this proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation.

We recommend your confirmation as early as possible.

Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.

Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.

This fantastic itinerary lets you explore deep in the Mekong delta. Immerse yourself in the local cultures and traditions of the people living on the banks of this immense river.

You will cycle down narrow laneways, along single river tracks, over quaint bridges and over ferry crossings all the while taking in the atmosphere of the bamboo villages as you pass by. There will be chance to get an insight into the old French colonial days and learn about the architecture which is still visible from times gone by. Take a boat down narrow hidden waterways before returning to reality.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Saigon to Can Tho by bike

After leaving Saigon, our shuttle will take you out of town to avoid the teeming traffic. At My Tho, the gateway to the mighty Mekong, collect your cycles and enjoy the first day in saddle. The ride offers peaceful country lanes and quiet roads that pass through local villages and along canals.
Stop at Cai Be where you will have lunch in a French colonial styled villa then continue the cycle journey toward Vinh Long where you board the bus and transfer to Can Tho .

Cycling distance: Approx. 40 km Difficulty:

Easy/Moderate Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Irish Hotel – Superior Premium.

Day 2: Can Tho to Soc Trang

Take a morning boat ride to explore the bustling Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of local people trade on the river. After enjoying a boat trip to experience the small canals around Can Tho, stop at a local orchard to taste juicy tropical fruit then pedal along the river bank. The scenery is peaceful and dotted with bananas trees and fruit orchards and you can also visit other local markets along the way to watch how the local merchandisers do business. On the ride to Soc Trang, the capital of the Khmer religion, you will see many Khmer pagodas along the way. Take the opportunity to stop and meet with friendly monks before continuing toward the town of Soc Trang.

Cycling distance: Approx. 60 km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Que Huong Hotel – Standard I (TWN).

Day 3: Soc Trang to Sa Dec.

After leaving Soc Trang by bus, transfer to the Can Tho ferry, pick up your cycles and enjoy riding along the bank of the Hau River to Sa Dec. Cycle through country lanes, paddy fields, bamboo villages and windy paths then enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. After checking into your hotel at Sa Dec, visit some of the local sights by cycle including the riverside market, old houses, the French villas of colonial times and historic temples and pagodas.

Cycling distance: Approx. 60 km

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight:: Bong Hong Hotel – Standard

Day 4: Sa Dec to Cao Lanh.

Start riding on small riverside routes dotted with old houses, temples, pagodas and churches, to a flower village. After crossing a river by ferry, bike to Xeo Quyt via a green islet, continue cycling till you reach Xeo Quyt, an evergreen Cajeput forest. A small boat will take you into the forest where vestiges of an army base can still be seen. A further 15 km of biking from Xeo Quyt will bring you to Thanh My village where you keep cycling along a main road (22km) and either transfer to the van or cycle the remaining 20kms to Cao Lanh. Visit the Tomb of Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of president Ho Chi Minh before finishing at the Song Tra hotel where you overnight.

Cycling distance: Approx. 60 km

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Song Tra Hotel – Standard II.

Day 5: Cao Lanh – Saigon

On your final cycling day, ride on a country lane to Gao Giong Eco-Tourism Park, which is a new green oasis surrounded by vast under water areas that are full of yellow dien dien flowers, violet water lilies and pink lotus flowers. Take a boat ride to visit the Gao Giong bird sanctuary before returning to Saigon by bus.

Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Cycling distance: Approx. 30 km

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch, Dinner

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TOUR PRICE AND CONDITIONS – ALL Prices are subject to an Acceptance Fee £100 per person payable on Booking.

Cost per person on twin share/ single occupancy (Supplement) basis with breakfast as per itinerary

PRICE QUOTED NET IN USD PER PERSON IN TWIN SHARED BASIS

The tour price includes hotel tax and hotel service charges. (Please note this price may vary due to changes in activities, hotels, and other unexpected contingencies).

ALL Prices Plus Acceptance Fee £100 per person.

2 persons USD 680
3-4 persons USD 540
5-6 persons USD 510
7-10 persons USD 440
Single room supplement USD 90

Payment

1. On acceptance – £100/£150 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non-refundable) payable to “S W & M Miller” by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account.

Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company in Vietnam to whom payment for the tour is made.

Payment for flights included in the itinerary may be required at the time of flight confirmations.

Any bank charges levied by the sending bank relating to transfers to our Partner Company or Complete India & Asia must be paid by the Client and added to the amount to be transferred.

2. You pay 100% of the total 12 weeks prior to arrival in (Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos/Thailand). or on Acceptance if less than twelve weeks – in USD, by International Bank Transfer to Vietnam.

WE RECOMMEND: Payment through an On Line Payment Gateway – We will advise you

Cancellation Charges

Before 60 Days: Full Refund.
60 – 46 Days: 25% of the Tour Cost.
45 – 31 Days: 50% of the Tour Cost.
30 – 16 Days: 75% of the Tour Cost.
15 days to Day of Departure: 100 % of the Tour Cost or No Refund.
Flight cancellation is not included in these charges
Acceptance Payment non refundable
Should we be able to obtain any refund of monies paid we will advise you and the Service Charge applicable.

DISCLAIMER:

Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose the similar hotels at same category and discuss with you for final approval.

Hotel check out is normally 12:00 pm but sometimes earlier. Check in is after 14.00. Early check in and late checkout is subject to availability only.

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

INCLUSIONS EXCLUSIONS

Included in the Cost• Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability, Any single room subject to supplement shown.• Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)

• Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and support for cycling days.

Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days. (TREK 4300/4500 Mountain bike) Meals as mentioned in the itinerary. Healthy snack, fresh local fruits and soft drink for biking days.

• Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)

• Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable

• Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).

• All currently applicable taxes.

• Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.

Experienced English speaking guide

Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.

All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.

Excluded from the Cost• Expenses of a personal nature table drinks, laundry, telephone calls Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.• No tipping is included.

• Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.

International flight to/from VietnamVietnam visaPersonal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)

Beverage and alcoholic drinks.Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 3 USD/person/day for guide, 2 USD/person/day for driver and 2 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out.

• Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change.

• Any airport taxes where applicable in each country

• Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.

• Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.

• Travel Insurance – compulsory before you travel

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR NEW YEAR:

VIETNAM: the dates of travel for this booking fall during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year (Jan 27 – Feb 2, 2017 *subject to change). Travellers who are visiting larger cities like Saigon or Hanoi during the holidays may encounter empty streets and deserted parks as Vietnamese people return to their home town to celebrate the New Year with their families.

Most businesses are closed from Jan 27 – Feb 2, 2017.

BOOKING AND PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY – See Above:

A non-refundable deposit of 20% of total trip cost per person is required to confirm your tour.
Please note that the full balance, as indicated on our confirmation which will be sent to you, is due 12 weeks before your departure date.

If you are booking within 12 weeks of your departure date the full amount is due when booking. Failure to pay by the due date could be considered as a cancellation on your part and we reserve the right to impose cancellation charges as detailed below.