SAIGON ONE WAY MOTORBIKE TRIP TO BEN TRE – CAN THO – CHAU DOC
updated: September 18, 2017
By Minh Hoang
Journey south out of Saigon and view the lush, green rice fields that line the highways as farmers tend to their crops. Have the unique pleasure of crossing a river on one of the 100’s of ferry crossings in the Delta. Once on the other side, we make our way down to the seaside to feast on some the local seafood on a tranquil beachfront. Backtracking a little, we make our way to stay at a home stay build entirely of coconut trees. A truly magic place. By boat and canoe, explore the many rivers and streams to see how local make their living by hand making products. Visit Cai Rang that is filled with hundreds of boats selling food, vegetables, fruits and other produce and see locals go about their daily lives. At the end of the trip there is an optional trip to take a boat into Cambodia.
* Saigon Motorbike Tours to Ben Tre, Can Tho and Chau Doc – BRIEF ITINERARY:
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY TO HOMESTAY IN MO CAY (170 KM)
DAY 2: MO CAY MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CAN THO
DAY 3: FLOATING MARKET IN CAN THO – MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CHAU DOC (180 KM)
DAY 4: CHAU DOC – DROP-OFF
DAY 1: Saigon Motorbike Tours to Ben Tre, Can Tho and Chau Doc : HO CHI MINH CITY TO HOMESTAY IN MO CAY (170 KM)
In the morning your guide will meet you at the office or your hotel in the downtown. Here you’ll pick up your bike and have a quick briefing on the tour before we head south out of Ho Chi Minh City to Can Gioc and Go Cong. Along the way, we’ll drive through green rice paddies, over quiet rivers and past scenes of local daily life. In Go Cong, we’ll stop for a visit at the Royal Palace (Lang Hoang Gia) and a nearby cherry plantation. Lunch is served in a local restaurant set on stilts above a muddy beach. As you eat, you can watch the hundreds of clam collectors at work along the shoreline.
After lunch we’ll drive along the river in the direction of Ben Tre, an area known as the ‘kingdom of coconuts’. A narrow jungle path leads to a homestay on the river, where you can relax amid nature or go fishing before enjoying a dinner of delicious Vietnamese dishes.
DAY 2: Saigon Motorbike Tours to Ben Tre, Can Tho and Chau Doc : MOCAY MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CAN THO
The day begins with breakfast at the homestay, after which we’ll take a stroll through the town’s morning market and stop inside a workshop where women craft hand-made brooms for use all around Southern Vietnam. From Mo Cay we’ll drive 25 kilometers to the Ben Tre Wharf and take a boat to the main coconut farming and production area. Situated on a branch of the Mekong River, the people of Ben Tre make their living by manufacturing coconut products.
At one of the coconut processing plants, you’ll witness each stage of the coconut’s journey – from husking to shaving and washing – to the creation of a wide range of products such as oil, candies and even kitchen utensils. We’ll take a short walk to a local mat-weaving workshop before stopping for lunch in a traditional Mekong Delta house.
After lunch, we’ll continue our tour of Ben Tre at a brick factory, and have a look around the enormous kilns where the bricks are fired. We return to the bikes on a scenic boat ride, and begin the drive to Can Tho where we’ll stay overnight.
DAY 3: Saigon Motorbike Tours to Ben Tre, Can Tho and Chau Doc : FLOATING MARKET TO CHAU DOC (180 KM)
After breakfast in Can Tho, you’ll board a boat to explore the bustling floating market at Cai Rang. One of the biggest and most exciting floating markets in the Mekong Delta, in the early mornings Cai Rang is filled with hundreds of boats selling food, vegetables, fruits and other produce.
You will get to see not only the colourful scenes at the floating market but also have a glimpse of life in area, as we pass through small canals where the locals go about their daily lives on the water’s edge. After taking in the floating market, we will visit a rice noodle factory to see how this Vietnamese staple is made. We’ll stop for a Vietnamese lunch on the way to Chau Doc, where we’ll spend the night at a local hotel.
DAY 4: Saigon Motorbike Tours to Ben Tre, Can Tho and Chau Doc : CHAU DOC DROP-OFF
After breakfast at the hotel in Chau Doc, you are free to take a boat across the border into Cambodia.
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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
+ Motorbike (Driving guide for pillion passengers)
+ Boat rides
+ Entrance fees
+ 1 night home stay
+ 2 nights hotel accommodation based on Twin/Double share
+ Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
+ Government’s taxes
+ Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program