Tour Itinerary


Duration: 8 Days (ex Ho Chi Minh)

Departs: Saturdays

Highlights: Hop on one of our 125cc Honda motorbikes and come see Southern Vietnam the true adventurer’s way. Wander through timeless alleys to ancient pagodas and teeming markets that contrast the modern city of Ho Chi Minh. Steer through winding roads that offer spectacular and breathtaking views of the skyline and ocean, en route to pagodas and temples leaning against the mountains in Vung Tau. Take the chance to admire the wonders of stunning mountains and hills surrounding Tuyen Lam Lake. Come face to face with the world’s largest whale skeleton on display at the Thuy Tu fisherman museum in Phan Thiet.

Tour Type: Adventurous rider Category – Gear carried with rider

Itinerary:

Day 1               –           Ho Chi Minh

Day 2               –           Vung Tau

Day 3               –           Phan Thiet/Mui Ne

Day 4               –           Phan Rang

Day 5               –           Da Lat

Day 6               –           Phan Thiet

Day 7 – 8          –           Vung Tau

Inclusions:

Honda Supra 125cc (upgrade to Honda Tiger 250cc available on request)

2 dinners, 7 breakfasts

All touring and sightseeing options

Professional English speaking guide

Ferry cost

24 Hour mechanical support

Accommodation in Superior standard hotels (single share available on request)

Itinerary

Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY

Meet the guide at 2.00pm in the lobby of the hotel for a brief introduction between your fellow travellers, and if time permits then will we go on a quick walk through the markets. This evening we will dine at a local restaurant, which is about 50 metres away from the hotel and gives a great view of Saigon traffic and way of life.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (D)

Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY – VUNG TAU

After an early breakfast, our guide and car will pick you up and give you a brief orientation about your tour and adventure. Following, the group will board a Saigon River hydrofoil ferry for the 80-minute trip to scenic Vung Tau, a seaside town south of Saigon on the Gulf of Thailand. Surrounded by beaches on three sides, Vung Tau boasts fantastic views in every direction, with amazing sunrises and sunsets. Upon arrival, you will have a short familiarisation with our motorbikes. After which, we will transfer to the hotel and then have a city tour in Vung Tau, which includes LongTan – Nui Dat battle field trip. On the way back to Vung Tau, we will ride through the city and climb up to the top of Big Mountain to visit the huge statue of Giant Jesus, considered as the city symbol. Following, we will then visit to Bach Dinh and Vung Tau lighthouse. Enjoy a free night at leisure.

Overnight in Vung Tau. (B)

Day 3:  VUNG TAU – PHAN THIET/MUI NE

From Vung Tau we ride through small villages and continue to ride to Phan Thiet. Upon arrival in Phan Thiet, check in to the hotel and have a small rest before we continue our day. This afternoon, we will go on a motor-bike tour of the city in Phan Thiet, which will include a short visit to Phan Thiet port, the Thuy Tu fishermen museum – where you will find the largest whale skeleton in the world, and if time permits, have a look or buy something in Phan Thiet Market and visit the ancient Duc Thanh school. On the way back to the resort, we will go via Pô Sänü towers – ancient towers constructed by the Chams. A very short distance from the ancient Champa towers is the old fighting bunkers, with its communication trenches, bartizans and fighting shelters are quite a must-see of the one-time civil-war. This evening is at leisure.

Overnight in Phan Thiet (B)

Day 4: PHAN THIET – PHAN RANG

Check out after breakfast for an early start to our ride to Phan Rang. On the way we will stop and visit the coastal landscape of the Yellow Sand dunes and Pink Spring, Bau Sen Trinh Nu. Once we arrive in Phan Rang, we will check into the hotel. In the afternoon, we will depart on a riding tour to Champa village. This evening/night will give you some free time to relax.

Overnight in Phan Rang (B)

Day 5: PHAN RANG – DA LAT

Today we have an early start as we leave Phan Rang and ride to Tan Son Town via Ngoan Muc Pass (Spectacular Mountain Pass). From Ngoan Muc we will cross to the D’ran Pass and continue about 30km to arrive at Da Lat city. On arrival we will transfer to hotel and take some time to recuperate. In the afternoon we will have a glimpse of Dalat and enjoy a riding tour of the city, where we will visit Tuyen Lam Lake, a large attractive landscape. Finally we will venture over to the Dalat Market, one of the most beautiful markets in Vietnam.

Overnight in Dalat. (B)

Day 6: DA LAT – PHAN THIET

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to magnificent Palace of Bao Dai King. After which, we will continue to Datanla Waterfall, which is one of the most famous waterfalls in Vietnam, set in the majestic beauty of the central highlands. Early noon, we will depart to Phan Thiet City via a new mountain route to the Di Linh; cross the huge Dai Ninh Dam through the villages along the Nui Le Mountain heading to Phan Thiet. The afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight in Phan Thiet. (B)

Day 7: PHAN THIET – VUNG TAU

After breakfast check out for an early start as we ride back to Vung Tau, en route we will stop to visit Binh Chau hot springs, and take an enjoyable ride to Ho Co Beach. Towards the end of the day, transfer to hotel and enjoy some free time. Tonight we will enjoy an evening farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Vung Tau. (B)

Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM VUNG TAU

Today, our tour finishes after breakfast at 9.00am. After saying farewell to your new friends, you are free to return to Saigon or continue on with your journey at your own expense.

TOUR COST – based on exchange rate of Aus $ 1.50 to £ – subject to actual at date of payment.

Cost per person on twin occupancy basis as per itinerary

3 + Star Hotels

Per Person         Australian Dollars – A$1100 – PlusAcceptance Payment/Deposit of £130

£870 approx. (subject to exchange rate at time of payment)            Includes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £130

Domestic airfares, included in above cost, are subject to change without notice. See the following.

Other Supplements – if required

Payment.

1.On acceptance – £130 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account

NOTE: Tour Deposit In addition AU$ 275 (GB £185) to Australia unless you make arrangements for payment with your Acceptance Payment.

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

2 Payment of Balance in full on Acceptance or a minimum of 8 weeks prior to arrival direct to Australia by International Bank Transfer

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.
30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.
25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable
Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.

Acceptance Payment non refundable

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.
  • Honda Supra 125cc (upgrade to Honda Tiger 250cc available on request)
  • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)

2 dinners, 7 breakfasts

All touring and sightseeing options

Professional English speaking guide

Ferry cost

24 Hour mechanical support

Accommodation in Superior standard hotels (single share available on request)

  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate.
  • 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.

Excluded from the Cost

  • Expenses of a personal nature:  table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
  • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
  • Any international airfares to India and Asia
  • 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
  • Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
  • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners

General note:

All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made.  The hotels/ services as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.

Vietnam Destination Information

What time to go

Generally, there is no “best” time for travelling in Vietnam. The seasons are a little vague and vary considerably from north to south and within regions.

THE SOUTH:

The dry season is from December to June with March to May being particularly hot and humid, with temperature ranging from 27°C to 36°C. The wet season, with short and heavy rain showers, is from July to November, with temperature averaging between 22°C and 27°C.

THE NORTH:

Unlike the South, North Vietnam has four seasons. Winter is from December to February – it can be extremely cold in Hanoi and the mountainous regions, with overnight temperatures of 4°C and daytime highs between 10°C and 20°C. Thermal clothing is a good idea if trekking in winter. Summer is June to August – expect hot and humid conditions at this time, with temperatures averaging 27°C to 30°C with high humidity.

Transport

Trains

  • The Reunification Express has soft sleeper cabins with 4 berths; luggage is stowed safely under your bunk.
  • For some journeys use local trains. This means the soft sleeper option is unavailable, however, an overnight journey with the locals in hard sleeper can be loads of fun.

Buses

Vietnam has an enormous amount of local bus transport, but in many areas it may be unsafe and not as versatile for all the stops you may like to do along the way. Public buses are a great way to meet the locals though.

Boats

As Vietnam is full of waterways and has one of the longest coastlines in South East Asia, boats are in abundance, and relatively simple to access

Cyclos

  • These three-wheeled pedi-cabs are an absolute must to try and are the perfect way to experience the sights and sounds of any town in Vietnam.
  • We recommend you sit back and enjoy the ride and always negotiate the price before embarking on your journey.

Food and Drink

Meals

  • A highlight for all travellers to Vietnam is the food – it’s fantastic!
  • Vietnamese food has a style of its own and relies upon quality and seasonally fresh ingredients rather than added spice.
  • Excellent seafood at very reasonable prices is readily available throughout the country.
  • Duck, chicken, beef, and lean pork also feature on most menus, as does fresh salad and vegetable dishes along with some delicious legacies from the French Colonial period.
  • Tipping is becoming expected

Vegetarians

The strong Buddhism influence means vegetarians are well catered for.

Drinks and Water

  • Bottled mineral water, soft drinks, Vietnamese tea and coffee are readily available.
  • Beer is the main alcoholic drink and is usually a light lager style.
  • We recommend that you do not drink or brush your teeth with the tap water
  • We suggest you bring water purification tablets or a bottle with an in-built filter as these are more environmentally friendly alternatives to buying water in plastic bottles

Communication

Email

  • Internet is quite popular now in every town and city.
  • Internet cafes are easy to find and are generally open till late at night.
  • Most hotels also have Internet service.

Telephone

  • Mobile phone networks cover much of the country.
  • Global roaming is available depending on your carrier.
  • Hotels often have telephones available; however, it is also easy to find public telephones in most towns

Shopping

  • Shopping is generally done in small stores and markets
  • Hoi An is particularly famous for tailored clothing which can be excellent quality, cheap and fast
  • Some of the hill tribes sell colourful woven bags and clothing
  • Other popular souvenirs are silk goods, coffee, tea, ceramics, conical hats, wood carvings, lacquer-ware, rattan furniture, and beaded bags and shoes
  • Bargaining is expected in markets and souvenir shops
  • Check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to import some items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand for example have strict quarantine laws

Culture

People

  • The Vietnamese have a great sense of humour and the ability to joke about almost anything
  • Be prepared for all types of personal questions – this type of questioning is not considered rude – just gathering of the facts
  • Don’t be surprised if the Vietnamese are intrigued by your size, particularly if you are tall or well-rounded
  • In Vietnam the people have different attitudes to time-keeping, public cleanliness, privacy and service. If you are able to travel with patience and a sense of humour then you will love it.
  • Buddhism is the main religion with influences from Taoism and Confucianism.

Dress

  • Vietnamese people in general adopt modest dress
  • For travellers, modest clothing goes a long way towards making a good impression with the Vietnamese people and they will be more willing to approach you if you dress as they do
  • Try to keep shoulders covered and do not expose too much leg.

Toilets

  • Toilets are mostly squat style
  • Carry paper and hand sanitiser with you as it is not usually provided

Smoking

  • Smoking is banned on public transport nationwide
  • It is still permitted in restaurants, bars and clubs