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Mekong Delta by (small) motorcycle

  • janduine

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    Back in 1995 I travelled the Mekong for abt 4/5 days on a small motorcycle. Just rented it and took off with my backpack. Was a really wonderfull experience.
    Want to do a similar trip but now with my wife and so with some better organisation.
    Inet-contacted some agencies asking them wether they are able to provide the small motorcycles, addresses for sightseeing, etc. But in vain. Can anyone help me with this?

    #1 Posted: 17/10/2006 - 17:35

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    Hi janduine,

    In Saigon, on Bui Vien St there are a few travel agents than can organise motorcycle touring into the Delta -- the trip comes with a rider, so you don't ride the bike yourself. Costs start at $30-40 a day per person, so it isn't cheap. I'll take a look through my notes and see if I can find a specific agent to recommend.

    #2 Posted: 18/10/2006 - 06:23

  • janduine

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    Tks. for your reply sofar. Its a bit pricy as well as this would not be the way I would like to travel.
    That would leave us two options: either try to rend a small motorcycle on our own (which will be no problem I think), but the problem is that we certainly would miss some interesting sight seeing aspects as we don't have the right contacts (for instance a jungle mangrove boat tour, visiting rice factories, the nicest floating markets and so on) and those addresses I would like to have received from a travel agency.
    Or give up the idea at all and join a (small group) tour, but then visiting places as Chau Doc, Ha Tien Can To My Tho as well as the forementioned jungle mangrove boat tour). OK if you would have some ideas (if that's possible with all my wishes) that would be wonderful.

    #3 Posted: 19/10/2006 - 02:35

  • joe92

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    Can hire a moped in saigon easy. When you get to each town to should be able to find fixers to help you around in each town. Especialy in the bigger towns like mytho and cantho. I'd do it that way rather than a tour.

    What is the jungle mangrove tour? I mean, I know what a jungle mangrove tour is! :) but wondering after some more info.

    #4 Posted: 19/10/2006 - 14:07

  • DakLak

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    The cops are getting heavy on unlicenced drivers using MOTORBIKES - as opposed to those small engined phuts-phuts (a couple of hundred CC) motorcycles.

    These you can rent easily - only thing TEST THEM WELL before accepting them. Also GO OVER THE BIKE CAREFULLY - CHECK LIGHTS ESPECIALLY looking for damage - note any on the rental document (get a picture of the rental agent pointing to damage). YOU ALSO NEED A COPY OF THE INSURANCE.

    And buy some HEAVY chain from Dan Sinh or Ben Thanh markets.

    Bring your international drivers licence, a GOOD LOCK (not made in China) - and cyclist safety helmet (at least the police will be impressed with that).

    Wherever you park CHAIN AND LOCK THE BIKE UP - preferably to something that is not about to move. Rental types have a bad habit of 'stealing' their bikes and expecting you to pay (bicycles, too).

    Getting out of HCMC is very easy. Starting at the river end of Ham Nghe there is a bridge nearest the SaiGon River - head out over there (past the dockyard areas and warehouses) and just keep on going straight.

    If you get confused just say MEE TOW, CAM ON (My Tho) and wave in each direction with your hand until they point the way.

    Takes about 3 / 4 hours depending on your prowess on a two-wheeled thing - just be prepared to ride on the side of the road if you hear horns from a truck - they don't do 'yielding'.

    Please, do NOT forget the CHAIN and FOREIGN-MADE lock - the locals all know how to open Chinese made locks. (Most hotels have a lock up area - tip the 'attendant' Dong2,000).

    And carry a litre bottle of fuel - just in case.

    One trick - if you see a police road check, duck in behind a large vehicle and as they slow down for the cops - over take and disappear - cops rarely give chase.

    #5 Posted: 22/10/2006 - 08:20

  • janduine

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    Thank for your info. Quite some valuable tips!

    #6 Posted: 22/10/2006 - 12:36

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