FULL-DAY SAIGON MOTORBIKE TOUR FOR SIGHTSEEING
There is a special way to explore Saigon though you only have one day. Join this exciting motorbike tour is a great opportunity for you to ride vintage Vespas around the city of Saigon, travel back in time and visit historical places of Old Saigon, taste the local traditional coffee on the former Rue Catinat and complementary set of Old Saigon post cards. …
Destination: Gia Long Palace Reunification Palace Saigon Central Post Office “Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica” former Rue Catinat Ben Thanh Market.
Duration: 01 Day
Total approx: km.
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- Our motorbike tour begins at 8.00 AM when our Vespa riders come and pick up at your hotel. At a safe back seat (behind the Vespa drivers), you will eye witness the bustling of Saigon city in the morning when streets are filled up with traffics rushing to works.
Our first pause is at the former “Gia Long Palace” of the Cochin-china Governor, now known as the famous Revolutionary Museum of the city. The construction of the museum started in 1885 and was completed in 1890 under the design of French architect Alfred Foulhoux, who also designed the Saigon Court.
Next short ride is to the historical Reunification Palace, built on the site of the former Governor’s Palace, Which was firstly designed by The French architect Maître Hermite, in a magnificent renaissance style. Then this building was re-built based on the new design of the famous Vietnamese architecture Ngo Viet Thu in 1961.
Before doing a ride down to the former Rue Catinat, famous in Greene’s time, we stop at Saigon Central Post Office, which was built in the early 20th century under the design of Gustave Eiffel with a Gothic architectural style. Opposite the Post Office is the city’s main church “Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica”, also established by French colonists. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).Continue our ride to Rue Catinat, which is still a strip of boutique hotels (Majestic Hotel 1925, Continental Hotel 1880) and shops, now called Dong Khoi Street. Though the name has changed, the street is impossible to miss. We have short break here, at a Café to taste a cup of Vietnamese traditional coffee watching people passing by.
After visiting the Rue Catinat, we head Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, renamed from Ho Chi Minh City Hall or Hôtel de Ville de Saigon. Built in 1902-1908, the French colonial-inspired building, based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris, is adapted from Renaissance architecture.
Although city hall is not open to the public, it still is worth hunting it down to have a look at the beautiful architecture. Final quick stop is Ben Thanh Market, one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City. You can stop a while to do shopping by your own here before back to Hotel.
The Vespas will take you back to the hotel. Trip concludes.End of services
– We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
– Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic:
+ DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic:
Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English or French speaking guide
+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary
+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
+ Government's taxes
+ Travel insurance
+ Personal expenses
Tour Cost in USD per person applied to groups of (Valid till 30 Sep 2015)
2 Pax 3 – 6 Paxs 7 – 10 Paxs Single Supplement
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=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 125cc (Honda Fortune or Yamaha YBR) is US$ 10/bike/day
=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 150cc (Honda XR or Kawasaki) is US$ 18/bike/day
=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 250cc (Honda XR or Honda Baja)is US$ 28/bike/day
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