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MRB05: Mekong in Depth and Phuquoc island

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Trip Hightlights

Depart the craziness of Saigon and cruise your way down south to the tranquil Mekong Delta. Make a stop at a coastal beach for sea for some tasty local treats. Then head bck up north to Ben Tre to a little jungle hide-a-way for the night. Tour the ins and outs of the Delta and see how locals make their living from coconuts, palm leaves and clay. Travel the countryside dotted with ancient temples from Soc Trang to Ca Mau. All the while passing rustic villages and , shrimp hatcheries and mangrove jungles. The end of the tour will be off road as we make our way to Kien Giang at which point you can chooose a ferry to Phu Quoc or Cambodia.

Itinerary

1Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City to homestay in Mo Cay (170 km)

In the morning your guide will meet you at the Asian Gear office. 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 at the Lăng Hoàng Gia royal palace 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 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’. We’ll check in at a homestay on the river, where you can relax or go fishing before enjoying a delicious Vietnamese dinner.

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2Day 2: Mo Cay Nam to Tra Vinh and Soc Trang (160KM)

After breakfast, we’ll stroll through the market in town and stop to see a workshop where women craft hand-made brooms used in homes all around southern Vietnam. From Mo Cay we’ll drive 25 kilometers to the Ben Tre Wharf for a boat ride 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, where you can have a look around the enormous kilns where the bricks are fired. A boat will bring us back to the bikes and we’ll begin the drive to Tra Vinh and Soc Trang for an overnight stay.

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3Day 3: Soc Trang to Bac Lieu and Ca Mau (150 km)

The morning will be spent visiting the local market in Soc Trang and taking a look at the town’s ancient Chinese streets and Khmer temple. We’ll continue our drive on a scenic road following the coastline, bordered by the sea wall on one side and green rice paddies on the other. On the way we’ll pass rustic villages, shrimp hatcheries and mangrove jungles. To get to Ca Mau we’ll need to take a ferry. The ferry crossing is next to a shipyard, where you may catch a glimpse of local fishing boats being built by hand. We’ll spend the night in Ca Mau after enjoying a fresh seafood dinner.

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4Day 4: Ca Mau to Rach Gia and Kien Giang (140 km)

In the morning we’ll have breakfast at a local restaurant before setting out to explore Ca Mau. There’s plenty to see, including a Cao Dai temple, small canals running through the city, vendors in the market and quaint traditional homes. Lunch is enjoyed on the river with a view of the boats going by. After leaving Ca Mau we’ll drive through U Minh Thuong National Park en route to Kien Giang. Part of the drive will be off-road, following the bends of the river and past a field of pineapples. We’ll stay at Kien Giang overnight.

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5Day 5: Kien Giang Drop-off

After breakfast you have the option to catch a speedboat to Phu Quoc Island.

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Notes

  • This trip is designed for both self-riders and pillion passengers ( You enjoy the rides behind your driving guides).
  • We aim to please our self-riders and pillion passengers If tours offered by Myrides.vn do not suit your needs. We would be more than happy to customize your trip.

Services

Tour price includes:

  • An experienced  English-speaking tour guide/ tour leader
  • Motorbike (Driving guide for pillion passengers)
  • Gas
  • Boat rides
  • Entrance fees
  • 1 night home stay
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation based on Twin/Double share
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Travel insurance

Tour price excludes:

  • Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuity, tips