HCMC -Vung Tau (2 days)
Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Day 1, Saigon Motorcyles to Cat Lai (12km)
This map just gets you to the ferry. As with all the maps just put your current location as the starting point if not exactly there if its only showing you a preview. This map is the only one in car mode as bike mode won't take you the best way. Many maps will have way points to take you the best but certainly not the shortest routes. Just clear them as you go. There is a cross, bottom left that you can hit to clear the next point. I tend to do this a few k's in advance on a quiet stretch. If you dont once you reach the point it will close the map until you hit continue. Good luck, ride safe and have fun.
From Saigon Motorcycles to Cat Lai Ferry - District 2 Terminal, Nguyễn Thị Định, Phường Thạnh Mỹ Lợi, Quận 2, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh via Đường Trần Não.
Cat Lai - Vung Tau (143km)
From the first right hand turn you get the feeling Saigon is well behind you though you still have the view of it over to D7. The first stretch of the river road is unsealed but generally pretty solid with plenty of pot holes. No problem for the XR's but if on a road bike you might prefer the main road and rejoin this map later.
There is a short unavoidable stint on the QL51 before the left turn which gets you back on some quiet back roads. (E) on the map is a winding bitumen road and a nice ride if time allows. Plenty of off tracks and temples to explore up there too.
A cold beer for sundowners overlooking the harbour awaits with your hosts Mark and Anh at the Bay Sportsbar on the ground floor of the Bay View Hotel and Apartments 0979914400.
On the Map
All way points on this one to keep you exploring off the main arterials.
(D) lunch spot options in that area
(E) optional run up the mountain if time allows
From Phà Cát Lái Nhơn Trạch to Bayview Hotel & Apartments Vung Tau via Phan Văn Đáng.
3 hr 57 min (143 km)
3 hr 57 min in current traffic
Day 2 Vung Tau - Cat Lai Ferry (157km)
We skirt Ba Ria with a short coastal ride around Long Hai and stop at The Long Tan Cross in memory of the 18 Australian and 245 Vietnamese soldiers killed In the August 1966 Battle of Long An.
From there we snake through rubber, pepper, banana and sweet potato plantations to name a few avoiding the main road completely. There's a few water stops too. The best route I have for the Honda XR's. Once across the highway it's back to the Cat Lai ferry and the return to the Rat Race.
On the Map
(A&B) get you the right way out of Vung Tau
(C) the Long Tan Cross
(D,F&G) put you on some water views
(E&H) keep you on the right track and avoid the usual police stop back to the ferry.
From Bayview Hotel & Apartments Vung Tau, 146 Hạ Long, Phường 2, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu 78000 to Phà Cát Lái Nhơn Trạch via Hạ Long.
4 hr 3 min (157 km)
4 hr 3 min in current traffic
Cat Lai Ferry - Saigon Motorcycles (12km)
This one will get you back to us. Please remember to fuel up on the way. Thanks.
From Cat Lai Ferry - District 2 Terminal to Saigon Motorcycles, 36 Quốc Hương, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh 70000 via Nguyễn Thị Định and Đồng Văn Cống.
26 min (12 km)
26 min in current traffic
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