2 days Cat Tien Off-Roader

Cat Tien 2-day Off-road tour

One of the best experiences to come from this Off-Road tour is the feeling of being in remote Vietnam. When riding in a place that doesn’t have a mobile signal, but does have warning signs of wild elephants, it’s a safe bet that not many foreigners have been there before.

 
Duration
  • 2 days
Tour guide
  • nation 7 – motorcycle adventures
Motorbikes
  • Honda XR150  (default)
  • Honda CRF250
Roads
  • tarmac/dirt/mud
Skill level
  • intermediate/experienced

Who this off-road tour is for

This is a unique tour and not suitable for the casual tourist wanting to see the countryside at a leisurely pace. This ride is for an already experienced rider, or someone wanting to try a real off-road experience for the first time. The guide’s knowledge of the area allows for the tour to be adapted to suit your riding style and the weather conditions at the time. It’s an adventure that has been built to provide you with a big challenge, in a small amount of time.

Perks of the tour

The unpredictable roads!

The majority of the ride is just south of Cat Tien National Park in an area where ‘Maps’ applications aren’t much help. It’s a maze of dirt roads and small tracks that only appear as faint lines on a phone, if they appear at all.

The tropical climate of Vietnam can drastically change the condition of these pathways without warning. Trucks and heavy machinery operating in the area also affect the roads. Their wheels create huge trenches which become enormous swimming pools of water and mud after a heavy rain.

If the roads are blocked due to flooding the Locals will build small bridges from bamboo to get over the water. In other places where the roads are blocked, they’ll make side tracks to get through. It’s these narrow muddy tracks that make the tour completely unpredictable, especially when the tracks themselves also become impassable.

It’s the local’s off-road tour!

For the Locals it’s an off-road tour everyday, and they ride the muddy roads on their little scooters with the greatest of ease. Often you’ll be put to shame as they stare down at the silly foreigner on the big dirt-bike while they ride by. Your pride will face the ultimate test though when an old woman on a scooter overtakes you with barely a speck of dirt on her. Meanwhile, you’re busy trying to drag the bike and yourself out of a puddle of mud not knowing if you should laugh or cry. It’s something you need to see with your own eyes to believe.

Escape is never too far away

The ride is adapted on the day to suit the weather conditions and your riding style. We want you to get the most out of the ride before exhaustion takes over. In an area as unpredictable as this is, that can be difficult sometimes.  That’s why it’s good to know that an escape back to sealed roads is never too far away. The winding dirt tracks are soon swapped for winding roads, and the day always wraps up nicely.

Riverside accomodation

The accommodation chosen for this tour is an amazing place on the banks of the Dong Nai river. The balcony of your room overhangs the fast flowing river with the Cat Tien National Park as a backdrop only metres away. Best of all are the tasty local meals on offer, and the ice cold beer!

The beauty of this ride is that if the energy levels are too low the following day, the ride home won’t leave you feeling like you missed out. The scenery and goings on around you while riding quiet back roads through the countryside finishes the adventure of nicely.

However, if you still haven’t had your fill, we’ll head straight back into another challenge on the way home.

Tour photos and videos


Tour Itinerary

DAY 1

8:00 Meeting time at Nation 7 to prepare luggage and discuss the day ahead.

Our first stop is at a cafe just after we cross the Dong Nai river into Bien Hoa leaving Ho Chi Minh City and the traffic behind. There we can check all our gear, make adjustments if needed, and then relax while drinking a cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese style drip filtered coffee; served with condensed milk and ice), or a sinh tố (fruit smoothie).

After the break, we catch the first ferry of the day and ride a few open country roads as we head towards the southern border of Cat Tien National Park. There we stop for an early lunch and to stock up on water before going off-road, and off the map.

The remainder of the day is flexible and dictated to by the weather, group riding style and size, energy levels, and the unpredictable roads along the way.

17:00 Reach the park’s main entrance, where a hot shower and a cold beer await our arrival.

Our accommodation for the night is on the banks of the Dong Nai River where the staff will prepare a small banquet for us using fresh ingredients gathered from the local area.

DAY 2

8:00 Breakfast and riding prep.

We head north out of town and ride over a few footbridges into farmland, passing through villages along the way and riding on either sealed or unsealed tracks depending on the conditions at hand. It’s a casual start to the day and gives people a chance to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings as we pass by rice fields being worked by the locals.

After stopping for a short break the ride doubles back and we head south on the journey back to the city.

Note: This is an adventure tour and arrival times often change without warning. There’s even the possibility of a change in the destination. ‘Ride Breaks’ are guaranteed though, and are taken every 2 hours along the way for us to relax, have a coffee/water/soft drink and regroup.

The motorbikes we use

Tigit uses the Honda XR150 which is an ‘All Purpose Farm Bike’ designed with the rider in mind. The XR has the agility to navigate the narrowest of roads or the toughest terrain with ease.

Experienced riders can upgrade to the Honda CRF250L, which is a very serious motocross bike. The CRF is slightly bigger than the XR, so bigger riders will find it more comfortable on the CRF.

The Tour Guide

nation 7 – motorcycle adventures: Australian tour company with years of experience in the motorbike tour industry.

*all guides speak English as a first language and Vietnamese at a communication level or above.

Tour Price

*All prices listed are per rider (USD)

**This is a 2 day/1 night all-inclusive tour

RIDERS package price XR150
1 Enquiry Only
2 315
3 295
4 275
5+ 255

 

 

Tour Information

 INCLUDED
  • All accommodation
  • All meals & drinks
  • All fares & fees
  • Motorbike & Fuel
  • Open-face Helmet
  • Riding jacket
  • Hydration Backpack
  • Wet Weather Gear
  • Dry Bag for Luggage
NOT INCLUDED
  • Alcohol
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Police Fines
  • Private Expenses
  • Vehicle Damage
  • Health Insurance
  • Liability Insurance

 

Booking Tour

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