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.
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.
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.
Who this 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.
Ferries and Mud
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.
The long way home
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.
- Prices are in USD
- This is an all-inclusive tour
- The standard bike for the tour is the Honda XR 150
|Riders||Daily Price XR 150|
- All accommodation
- All meals & drinks
- All fares & fees
- Motorbike & Fuel
- Open-face Helmet
- Riding jacket
- Hydration Backpack
- Wet Weather Gear
- Dry Bag for Luggage
- Tips & Gratuities
- Police Fines
- Private Expenses
- Vehicle Damage
- Health Insurance
- Liability Insurance
Motorcycle adventures is an Australian tour company with years of experience in the motorbike tour industry.
Tarrin first rode across Vietnam from Hanoi to Saigon in 2006. He then returned each following year to explore the country further before migrating to Vietnam in 2011. He has toured solo around Australia, through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and through parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan.
His passion for adventure riding and Vietnam led him to establish nation 7 – motorcycle adventures in 2016. His years of experience riding throughout Vietnam has provided him with an abundant resource of mapped roads, tracks, and trails to be able to build an adventure suited to any riders style.