6 DAY SAIGON TOP GEAR

Take in this 6 Day Saigon Top Gear as you will get the feeling of driving through the vast golden rice fields, the pass around the standing cliffs on one side of the blue sea to infinity, or the great roads with two sides are flooded with flowers fields. It is difficult to feel the lively of these paintings through the tourist bus window...

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HIGHLIGHTS:

. Duration: 6 days - 5 nights.
. Travel options: Guided Self-drive. Pillion passengers.
. Departure locations: Sai Gon.
. Travel by the small back roads and off-roads. Not by the tourist bus route.
. See the places that not much tourist have seen.
. We use the well-maintained Japanese motorcycles only. No cheap Chinese Lifan motorbikes or old Russian Minks.

TOUR PROGRAM:

DAY 1 - SAIGON - SOUTH COAST

Vietnam’s convex southern coastline is lined with seemingly endless beaches that, for many, are reason enough to visit the country. There are also a number of less-heralded beaches to track down, and even a few islands, but the region also has historical significance – this was once the domain of the kingdom of Champa, whose magnificent ruins still dot the coast.

An Indianized trading empire, Champa was courted in its prime by seafaring merchants from around the globe, but steadily marginalized from the tenth century onwards by the march south of the Vietnamese. These days a few enclaves around the South Central Coast are all that remain of the Cham people, but the remnants of the towers that punctuate the countryside – many of which have recently been restored – recall Champa’s former glory.

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DAY 2 - LAM DONG

Up until French rule, the Central Highlands was almost never entered by the Vietnamese since they viewed it as a savage (Moi-Montagnard) populated area with fierce animals like tigers, "poisoned water" and "evil malevolent spirits." The Vietnamese expressed interest in the land after the French transformed it into a profitable plantation area to grow crops on, in addition to the natural resources from the forests, minerals and rich earth and realization of its crucial geographical importance.

An insurgency was waged by Montagnards against the South Vietnam and then unified Communist Vietnam. A settlement program of ethnic Kinh Vietnamese by the governments of the Republic of Vietnam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was implemented and now a Kinh majority predominates in the highland areas. After mass demonstrations and protests during 2001 and 2004 by ethnic hill tribe minorities against the communist government, foreigners were banned from the Central Highlands for a period of time.

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DAY 3 - BINH PHUOC

Vietnam's Central Highlands region has slowly opened up to tourists over the past decade after years of government enforced travel restrictions and today foreigners can explore the main centres of this region with relative ease. The regulations will require you to use a guide when visiting the hinterland.

Travelling through Vietnam via the magnificent Central Highlands is a fabulous alternative to the much touristy coastal route. The Central Highlands boast beautiful natural features such as relatively untouched forests, waterfalls and spectacular scenery, which contrast with areas still bearing the savage scars of war. A large number of ethnic minority groups still live traditionally in the highlands, particularly around Dac Lak, Gia Lai, Lam Dong. During the summer season, Central Highlands becomes a popular destination as its high altitude offers a slightly cooler temperature than the almost unbearable heat of the southern plains. 

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DAY 4 - MEKONG DELTA

Particularly, Mekong Delta boasts a unique specialty, coconut products which are available at coconut gardens. Examples are coconut candies, coconut oil, coconut quintessence, etc, from which about 50 dishes can be made. 

The extremely tasty tropical fruits and local delicacies are desired by all visitors. Tropical fruits are available at all fruits gardens during the year, for instance, sweet mango, custard-apple, mangosteen, durian, longan, rambutan, and other kinds of fruits with segments. You can also easily find typical southern specialties here, for example, salted fish, sour-tasted soup, bitter-tasted soup, braised fish, kinds of shrimp, crabs, eel, frog,...  

Theses days, this special kind of delicacy is sold to many areas nationwide. Should you have a chance to trip around, tasting those specialties, you will never forget such a marvelous feeling!

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DAY 5 - CAN THO

One of the most interesting sights in the Delta are the floating markets and associated river life. Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. The main items sold there are farm products and specialties of the local area around Can Tho and neighboring areas. Each boat is loaded with plenty of seasonal goods. Activities at the market are also an occasion for tourists to study the cultural aspects of southerners. 

The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Small boats that sell beer, wine and soft drinks go among the other boats to serve market-goers and visitors. Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling.

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DAY 6 - SAIGON

The Mekong Delta forms both the far southern region of Vietnam and one of country's two main rice bowls. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are comprised of low lying rice paddies and the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries of the hectic Mekong River highway provide a comprehensive network of canals and channels acting as on and off ramps to the main thoroughfare. For the independent traveller, these rivers and tributaries can be the best method to explore the Mekong Delta at a leisurely pace and offer the opportunity to experience the truly unique Mekong River lifestyle.

You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in an extra dimension of Vietnamese life and culture. The attractions to this region of Vietnam include the way in which life exists around the comprehensive river system. However much you decide to explore, cruising up one of the many river, as the sun sets over the distant coconut trees, is a truly remarkable experience that will stay with you forever.

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PRICES:

A. Self-drive option with Honda Semi-automatic 125cc:

Rider(s): 1 2 3 4 5 6
US$ / per rider: 1128 636 522 428 401 358


B. Self-drive option with Yamaha Dirt-bike 125cc - 150cc:

Rider(s): 1 2 3 4 5 6
US$ / per rider: 1272 744 618 517 487 442


C. For the Pillion drive option or car please contact us.

Price Includes:
- Rental Japanese motorcycles for the clients (for the Self Drive Option)
- Rental motorcycles for our professional drivers (for the Pillion Drive Option), tour guides
- Licensed and professional English speaking tour leader 
- Helmets, bag covers (if needed)
- 5 nights x standard hotel, home stay (twin / double / private rooms)
- Transfer costs for all the bikes, guides, riding gears to return home after tour
- Company tax

 

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