SAIGON MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CU CHI, TRAM CHIM NATIONAL PARK FOR 2 DAYS
updated: September 18, 2017
By Minh Hoang
A short Motorbike Tour from Saigon takes you to the famed site of the Cu Chi tunnels, Tram Chim National Park . The nerve centre for the Vietnamese army where they mounted surprise attacks against both the French and the American invasions. Despite the heavy damage of the region, it has since been rebuilt and now Cu Chi has been become a major producer of rubber trees, vegetables and rice.
Tràm Chim National Park is situated in Tháp Mười, Đồng Tháp Province, an ideal destination for nature lovers( well – known for endless rice paddies and vast lotus ponds ). This national park was created to protect several rare birds, especially the Sarus Crane, a species listed in the IUCN Red Book. In 1985, Tram Chim was established by the provincial government as Tram Chim Afforestation and Fishery Company aimed at planting cajuput and exploitation of aquatic resources and also preserve the original Dong Thap Muoi area. In 1986, the sarus crane was found here. In 1991, Tram Chim became provincial-level Natural Reserve to protect crane (Grus antigone sharpii). In 1994, the reserve became a national natural reserve by the decision Circular 4991/KGVX. The protected area covers 7,500 ha. In September 1998, the area was adjusted to 7588 ha. In 1998, this area became Tram Chim National Park by the governmental decision 253/1998/QĐ dated December 29, 1998.
Saigon Motorbike Tour to Cu Chi Tunnels, Tram Chim National Park – Tour Itinerary:
DAY 1: SAIGON MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CU CHI TUNNELS : HO CHI MINH CITY TO CU CHI TUNNELS (180 KM)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8am for an early morning motorcycle trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi District. After riding 30 kilometres on bustling city streets, the scenery changes to beautiful countryside, with views of rice paddies and tropical jungle.
Our destination, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, is an incredible 200-kilometre underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese Viet Cong resistance fighters during the French and American wars. The tour starts with the Ben Dinh section of the tunnel.
During the tour, you’ll be able to picture what life was like for the people who lived in these tunnels, and the incredible conditions they endured. At Cu Chi you’ll also have the opportunity to shoot Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47s at a firing range. After a Vietnamese lunch, we’ll continue driving, passing a rubber tree plantation and countless verdant rice paddies on the way to Tram Chim National Park where we’ll stay overnight.
DAY 2: SAIGON MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CU CHI TUNNELS : TRAM CHIM NATIONAL PARK TO HO CHI MINH CITY (160 KM)
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll take a relaxing boat ride through the mangroves to a sanctuary that is home to some of Vietnam’s most rare and beautiful birds. Tram Chim covers 76 square kilometres, and its bird sanctuary is home to 168 bird species.
Among the protected birds that can be spotted here is the iconic red-headed crane, or sarus crane. After taking time to explore the natural wonders within the sanctuary, we’ll stop for lunch in a local restaurant before beginning the ride back to Ho Chi Minh City. The tour ends in the city around 5pm.
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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).
+ An experienced English-speaking tour guide/ tour leader
+ Boat rides
+ Entrance fees
+ 1 night hotel accommodation based on Twin/Double share
+ Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches
+ Government's taxes
+ Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program