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9 Days Central Highlands and Mekong Delta Guided Motorcycle Trip in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, Vietnam

Wonderful Motorcycle Trip Vietnam

Many people now know that northern Vietnam is a fantastically beautiful area. But the south also has much to offer. This trip takes you to the Central Highlands, the mountains of South Vietnam. You will ride on narrow paths through the jungle here and ride along the coast for one day then take the boat to the Mekong Delta. The second part of the journey begins in the Mekong Delta and you will find yourself immediately in another Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is largely made up of the distributaries of the Mekong River. Life here takes place mainly on or near the water. You will take dozens of ferries of all shapes and sizes, drive over perhaps a hundred bridges and mainly follow narrow paths through small villages and paddy fields. If you like North Vietnam, you will find this fantastic too!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt, off-road tracks, and jungle paths
  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki KLX 150cc or Honda XR250cc)
  • Mileage: 1,245 kilometers / 773 miles
  • Daily rides: 177 kilometers / 109 miles
  • Riding gears: the following items are mandatory: helmet, motorcycle jacket with protection, gloves, a good hard-wearing pair of (motorcycle) trousers with protection and solid high (mountain) boots.
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Ho Chi Minh
  • A ride through the famous Mekong Delta
  • Ride to Cat Tien National Park and Phan Tiet
  • Stop in Lagi and Vinh Long, and Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City during a free day
  • Motorcycle rental for the tour
  • 8-night accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
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Accommodation

Program

Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh City

You will be picked up at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) by a local contact person who will bring you to the hotel in the center of the city. In the hotel, you will meet the tour guide. During lunch or dinner, the tour guide will tell more about the details of the trip.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cat Tien (155 kilometers / 96 miles)

After picking up the motorbikes, you ride out of town at the busiest moment of the day. In the beginning, the roads are totally crowded with small motorbikes and scooters. To ride through this chaotic traffic is an adventure in itself. On the outskirts of the city, it is getting busier with trucks. You will follow the main road until lunch. Immediately after lunch you leave the main road and follow a network of narrow roads and paths along the border with the Cat Tien National Park. You take two small local ferries and follow some rather difficult off-road tracks before arriving at your destination.

Day 3: Cat Tien - Phan Thiet (280 kilometers / 173 miles)

This is the only real mountain leg of the trip. After taking another small ferry, you ride into the mountainous region of the Central Highlands. There are wonderful views over the lake created by a dam. In this mountainous area, one comes across a number of different peoples and even some Hmong people from the north. However, today is mostly all about the magnificent views. At the end of the day, you descend to the coast and stay overnight in Phan Thiet.

Day 4: Phan Thiet - Vung Tau (180 kilometers / 111 miles)

From Phan Thiet to the coastal town of Lagi, you more or less will follow the coastline. Just before your coffee stop in Lagi, you take some challenging small dirt roads. After the coffee stop until lunch, you follow the scenic coastal route. You notice that the beautiful coast of Vietnam has been discovered by mainly domestic investors. The number of beach resorts is growing very fast. You try to arrive on time in the port city of Vung Tau, so that you still have time to go to the beach. Vung Tau is the oil capital of the country. Since after the Vietnam war mostly Russian companies have been active here. This city is a real port city, with many cafes, restaurants and, evidently, and nightclubs.

Day 5: Vung Tau - Ben Tre (95 kilometers / 59 miles)

In the morning, you take the boat to the Mekong Delta. The motorcycles are ridden on board via a narrow ramp and you sit in the back of the boat. The crossing is two and a half hours long. On arrival, you notice instantly that you have arrived in another part of the country. This is the Mekong Delta. The land is flat and everything revolves around the water. You ride almost immediately onto the narrow trails through the paddy fields, crossing over the distributaries of the Mekong River by several small ferries. We arrive eventually, via narrow paths, in the town of Ben Tre. It is a lively town with a bustling night market near your hotel.

Day 6: Ben Tre - Long Xuyen (165 kilometers / 102 miles)

You start the day again immediately with narrow roads along the river. The support vehicle cannot follow most of the time. You stop in the city of Vinh Long for lunch. Before this, however, you need to take a number of ferries. In the afternoon, you follow narrow paths once again, through rice fields and small villages. These paths are usually surfaced but some are unsurfaced and difficult to tackle when it has rained. You also cross over dozens of small bridges. At the end of the afternoon, you arrive in the larger town of Long Xuyen. At first sight, there does not seem much to do here. As you get closer to the river, however, the importance of it becomes apparent.

Day 7: Long Xuyen - Chau Doc (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

After breakfast, you take the ferry to one of the many islands in the Mekong River. Here, you follow a narrow path to the next ferry and continue your way along the little tracks. After the third ferry, you will visit a local brick factory. You take another ferry and stop for a coffee break at the local market. After the coffee break, you follow a beautiful dirt road along a canal. In case you still have time after arrival in Chau Doc, you can take a boat trip to the colourfull floating villages nearby.

Day 8: Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh City (220 kilometers / 136 miles)

After a couple of large ferries, you take another scenic route along narrow paths. There are countless bridges to cross and you will always be greeted by friendly people, who are very surprised to see you. It is totally enjoyable to ride your bike through this beautiful countryside. After lunch, you come to the larger road back to Ho Chi Minh City. Just before the city, another challenge begins; the busy traffic. Through the chaos, you reach your hotel in the center of the town.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh - day trip to Cu Chi / Tay Ninh

You will be taken to the airport for your flight back home.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can ride for 2 - 3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3 - 4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Note

During this trip through the Mekong Delta, you will ride neither at a high altitude nor through extremely remote regions. You will ride on light motorcycles which make the trip suitable also for those riders who have never undertaken an adventurous motorcycle trip before.

The daily distances are not long which will give you plenty of opportunities for stopping along the way to take photographs or to visit villages. What might well prove difficult, however, is dealing with the extremely busy traffic in and around Ho Chi Minh City. You must also take into account that on the main roads, which Motor Trails will do their best to avoid as much as possible, can be busy with trucks and buses which do not particularly comply with traffic regulations.

Only a small section of the trip goes over dirt roads and paths, amounting to a total of three or four days in the current schedule. These trails are not very difficult and will not be a problem if you do not have any off-road experience or off-road training beforehand. However, when the weather is worse than expected, these dirt roads can be a bit more of a challenge.

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in Vietnam. You will explore Ho Chi Minh City, Cat Tien, Phan Tiet, Vung Tau, Mekong Delta, Ben Tre, Long Xuyen, Chau Doc, Cau Dai temples and Cu Chi tunnels.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Take a boat trip in Chau Doc
  • Take a part in a ceremony in Cau Dai

What's included

  • Motorcycle hire
  • 2 or 3 participants with a local guide/mechanic English speaking on a motorbike
  • Starting at 4 participants or more English / Dutch speaking tour guide on a motorbike, support car with a local mechanic
  • Comprehensive handbook
  • Transport motorbikes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and return
  • Support vehicle with a local driver starting from 4 participants
  • Accompanying mechanic in a support vehicle
  • Ferry crossings
  • Letter of invitation for Vietnam
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfasts

What's not included

  • International flight
  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Fuel for motorcycles
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Cost for Vietnam visa (after your arrival at the airport)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12.1% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Booking policy

In the event that the participant cancels the trip, the participant is liable for cancellation costs. These cancellation costs cover reimbursement of any costs incurred by Motor Trails on behalf of the participant, up to the moment of cancellation, for which Motor Trails does not receive a refund.

All cancellation costs are supplemented, as applicable, by the cancellation costs of any issued tickets. Cancellation of the travel agreement by the participant must always be made in writing (by letter or email). You are strongly advised to take out a good travel cancellation insurance. This insurance will compensate for the cancellation costs provided that the cause of the cancellation is covered by the policy.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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