Vietnam Mekong Delta

Many people know that the north of Vietnam is a beautiful area. But also the south has a lot to offer!

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared double room (to book a separate room, please choose the single room surcharge) €2,495.00
pillion passenger in a double room with the rider: €2,295.00
Single room supplement: €275.00
Extension (optional): €320.00

Features

Features
Scheduled flight Frankfurt - Ho Chi Minh City and back, other departure airports on request, surcharge if applicable
Transfers Airport HCMC - Hotel and back
All overnight stays
Rent a motorcycle
Multilingual tour guide on the motorcycle
Mechanic
Letter of invitation for visa, if necessary
All ferries
Travel security note
Travel Guide
Not included features
A stay of up to 15 days is possible without a visa for German citizens
Gasoline
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
Entrance fees
Optional excursions
wining and dining
Health and accident insurance abroad incl. return transport
Travel cancellation insurance
Pocket money: 250 Euro (This amount is an indication how much money you will need for this trip. It includes food, drinks, souvenirs, optional excursions and petrol).

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 12
Maximum number of passengers: 2
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Motorcycles:
During this trip we ride on Kawasaki KLX 150 cc motorcycles or equivalent.
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Travel companion:
This trip will be accompanied by our Vietnamese tour guides or mechanics on site. This person has been a mechanic on our Vietnam trips for 12 years. He now knows all routes, hotels, restaurants and speaks English. So there is no German speaking Motor Trails tour guide on this trip.
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Tour character:
During this tour, we will not ride to significant heights and also not through very deserted areas. We ride light motorcycles and therefore this tour is also suitable for people who have no experience with adventurous motorcycle tours. The daily stages are not long, which gives the opportunity to visit or photograph different villages on the way. One inconvenience may be the traffic density in and around Saigon. Thousands of motorcycles, scooters, rickshaws and bicycles make their way through the streets every day. On the main road (which we try to avoid if possible) take into account the trucks, because the traffic rules are mostly hidden from European eyes.
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Offroad:
Only a small part of this journey we will ride on unpaved roads and paths. In the current itinerary this is only 3 or 4 days. These routes are not difficult. So they are also good to ride for participants without off-road experience. But in bad weather these off-road days can be quite exhausting. If you have no off-road experience, an off-road training is recommended for preparation.
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Clothing:
A helmet is mandatory, as is protective clothing with protectors, good gloves and boots or sturdy shoes. Especially in spring and autumn it can get very warm in the lower regions. We therefore recommend wearing breathable protective clothing. On the higher, colder parts in the mountains, you can wear extra warm clothes under your motorcycle clothing if necessary. Because of the dust, it is advisable to have a pair of goggles with you. In the south of Vietnam, the rainy season (monsoon) is from June to mid-October. We plan our trips before or after the monsoon season. Nevertheless we have to expect short rain showers at any time.
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Travel documents:
You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after the date of return. German nationals require a visa for entry into Vietnam. The visa can be applied for at the Vietnamese embassy in Berlin before the start of the journey, costs about € 75,-. Since recently it is also possible to buy a 'visa on arrival' at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, which costs about 45 USD (& 2 passport photos). You will receive the required letter of invitation free of charge from us. Further information, as well as application forms can be found on the homepage of the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin: http://visa.mofa.gov.vn As of 01.07.2015 German citizens can enter Germany without a visa for a stay of up to 15 days. The possibility of visa-free entry for German citizens is initially limited until 30.06.2018.
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More details about the trip and what to take with you is in the manual that you will receive about 1 month before departure.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

This journey brings you to the central highlands, the high mountains of the south. Here we ride on narrow paths through the jungle. Afterwards we ride one day along the coast and take the boat to the Mekong Delta.

This is where the second part of the journey begins, and you feel like you are in another Vietnam. The Mekong Delta consists largely of the arms and tributaries of the Mekong River. Life here takes place primarily at or on the water. We take ferry boats of all sizes several times, ride over maybe 100 bridges and mainly follow narrow paths through small villages and rice fields. If you found North Vietnam beautiful, then you also find this fantastic.

This short motorcycle tour is to be combined with the North Vietnam highlights (7 riding days) and Vietnam North-South.

TOURIST:

Day 1 - Departure Germany

Day 2 - Arrival - Ho Chi Minh City

At the airport of Ho Chi Minh City you will be picked up and taken to the hotel in the center of the city. At the hotel you will meet the tour guide.

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City - Cat Tien (155 km)

After we have picked up the motorcycles, we leave the city at the most hectic moment. In the beginning the streets are still full of scooters. That in itself is an adventure. On the outskirts of the city it is becoming increasingly crowded with trucks. When we are out of town, we take the small roads as quickly as possible. Then we ride to Cat Tien National Park. Here we follow a narrow path through the dense jungle and have to watch out for free running elephants. After the park we have to take a ferry and spend the night at the edge of the park.

Day 4 - Cat Tien - Phan Thiet (280 km)

This is the only real mountain stage of the journey. After we have taken a small ferry boat, we ride into the mountainous area of the Central Highlands. We have beautiful views over the lake created by a dam. In this mountain area we meet different peoples and maybe another Hmong from the north. Today it's all about the view. At the end of the day we ride back down to the coast where we spend the night.

Day 5 - Phan Thiet - Vung Tau (180 Km)

In the morning we visit the red sand dunes in the north of Phan Thiet. After that we follow the coastal road to the south for the most part. There are beautiful views over deserted beaches and a rocky coastline. We ride along narrow paths through small coastal villages. A few hours before Vung Tau the road becomes very wide and not so interesting. Here we make a little speed to arrive in Vung Tau early. Vung Tau is a real port city with many cafes, restaurants and night clubs.

Day 6 - Vung Tau - Ben Tre (95 Km)

In the morning we take the boat to the Mekong Delta. The motorcycles are riden over a narrow jetty onto the boat, and we sit in the back of the boat. The crossing takes about 2.5 hours. After we have arrived, one immediately notices that one has arrived in another part of the country. This is the Mekong Delta. The land where everything revolves around water. We ride over narrow tracks through the rice fields and with different ferries over the side arms of the Mekong. Over paths we finally reach Ben Tre. This is a lively city with a well-attended evening market near our hotel.

Day 7 - Ben Tre - Long Xuyen (165 km)

We ride on narrow paths along the river. Our escort car can't drive most of the time. Before lunch we stop in Vinh Long. But first we have to take some ferries. At noon we ride again on narrow paths through rice fields and small villages. Most of the time the paths are paved, but some are not, then it gets a little more difficult when it has rained. At noon we come to Long Xuyen, a bigger place. It seems as if there is not much going on here, but when you get closer to the river, there is a lively bustle.

Day 8 - Long Xuyen - Chau Doc (150 km)

In the morning we take a boat trip to the floating market. Every morning goods from the surrounding area are offered here on the water. We ride through the middle of it in a small boat. Then we take the ferry and follow narrow paths through rice fields and small villages. Also today we will travel with a number of ferries - in different sizes and types to cross the rivers. In Chau Doc we visit Sam Mountain at noon, where we have a very good view of the neighbouring country Cambodia. If we still have time, we can take a boat trip to the floating villages.

Day 9 - Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh City (220 km)

After some ferry rides we follow a beautiful route on narrow paths. Again, the route crosses numerous bridges. After lunch we take the big road to the city. Shortly before that another challenge begins: the hectic traffic. In great chaos we arrive at our hotel in the centre of the city.

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City - Germany or extension

You will get an airport transfer for the flight home.

EXTENSION:

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City - day trip Cu Chi / Tay Ninh

On this day we visit the tunnels of Cu Chi by bus and with an English speaking guide. We get an impression of the corridor system and the way the people lived here. Afterwards we continue towards the border with Cambodia to visit the main temple of the Cau Dai faith. We're witnessing a ceremony here. The Cau Dai is a faith similar to Buddhism, but also has Christian elements. The belief is widespread in the south of Vietnam and also in the Mekong Delta you can find Cai Dai temples. In Tay Ninh is the main temple, which stands on a large Cai Dai complex.

Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City - stay

An extra stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Because there is a lot to see here. Of course, one visits the War Crimes Museum in order to get a different view of all the wars Vietnam has fought. We visit the reunification palace, where the south officially surrendered to the north in 1975. Of course the Ben Than market is also one of the places to visit.

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City - Germany

Day 13 - Arrival Germany