Dive Malaysia & Ride Vietnam - 8th to 22nd November 2019
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We are always looking for the next great adventure, and this is another one of our best!
Dive Tioman Island, Malaysia
Ask any diver about the dive sites of Tioman and they’ll tell you stories about amazing granite rock formations, healthy soft and hard corals and a myriad of marine life.
Tioman is indeed blessed with some world class dive sites.
Tioman, once rated as the Top Ten Most Beautiful Islands in the World, is visited by island hoppers, sun lovers, snorkelers and divers in the thousands every year. The marine areas around Tioman and other nearby islands, an area two nautical miles from the coast, have been gazzetted as marine parks to conserve and protect marine flora and fauna such as fish, coral reefs and aquatic floras from being destroyed by fishing and other human activities.
The Island is located about 35 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the South China Sea. Most visitors to Tioman depart the mainland from the port town of Mersing, located on the north east coast of Johor, the southern-most state of Peninsular Malaysia. Shaped like an inverted apostrophe, it measures about 22 km long and 11 km at the widest point, and has an areas of about 130 sq km, making it the largest island on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia
Explore the swim-throughs at Labas, swim among the gorgonian fans at Chebeh, and visit the anemone garden at Bahara Rock. With a little luck, spot beautiful nudibranches and shrimps on your dives and see turtles, barracudas, stingrays, cuttlefish, reef sharks, bumphead parrot fish, moray eels and lion fishes too. Renggis Island, perhaps the most dived spot in Tioman, never fails to delight divers, even the most experienced.
The sheer variety of landscapes is truly mind-boggling. The natural wonder of this country and the rich cultural history of central Vietnam provides a large number of man-made wonders to fill your eyes. From a humble farming hamlet to decaying battle sites and ancient ruins that have stood silent and strong throughout the ages.
Stunning scenery, gorgeous roads and great riding: pretty much the perfect combination for an unforgettable jungle adventure. With five days up our sleeve, there is plenty of time to get well off the beaten track. We’ll head into the remote mountains of the central highlands and into the famous Phuong Nha National Park – one of Vietnam’s few remaining pockets of old growth forest. Tightly restricted access to the park means you’ll be one a very select few who will get to experience this stunning World Heritage site and the cultures that live within it. To maintain our feeling of seclusion, we’ll take a unique coastal route back to Hoi An, giving the chaos of Highway 1 a wide berth!
Hoi An has been an important port since the 15th century when traders from China, Japan, India, and Holland established shop houses on the banks of the Thu Bon river. The influence of these traders, and the French colonialists who followed, is still evident in the town’s architecture, cuisine and the importance of the river in the lives of local residents.
Khe Sanh is close to the Laos border and as such has the feel of a border crossing town. Bustling markets and thriving noodle shops make for a hectic scene each morning, though Khe Sanh is on the map because of the siege lasting 75 days in 1968 between the USA and the NVA in 1968 as well as it’s location within the demilitarised zone. The base was never overrun by the NVA though the battle was the most bloody for the Americans during the war and world wide media coverage resulted in calls to end the American involvement to fever pitch. We visit the base, where today you wind find a museum and the landing strip adorned with various warplanes and other remnants from war time. The areas in and around Khe Sanh contain many sites of significance during the war (though many have decayed over time). A super cool and interesting place to visit.
Nestled in the Truong Son mountain range and sitting astride the beautiful Kon River is the land named Bho Hoong. In the 1970’s as the American war was finishing an ethnic minority, the Co Tu, moved their people from the devastated highlands near the Laos border to this promising new location. Within a few years a traditional ethnic minority village, bearing the land’s name, came in to existence and blends in with the rugged landscape with an ease only true mountain people can muster.
Fast forward 30 or so years and now stands a village of just 315 souls whose lives are ruled by the seasons just as they have been for time immemorial. Traditional agriculture, especially the cultivation of sticky rice and vegetables dominate local life. The ancient practice of weaving can be seen everywhere, from the sturdy yet decorative clothing to buildings woven in a way that resists the very elements themselves. The largest and most decorative of these are the Guol and Moong houses. In the middle of the village common a totem pole stands as a silent witness to harvest festivals, marriages and funerals.
Bike tour highlights
- Ethnic Minority Villages
- Bho Hoong Bungalows with Cultural Performance & Village Walk (3-4 star accommodation only)
- Hai Van Pass
- Local Cuisine
- Old-Growth Rainforest
- Mountain Waterfalls
- Ho Chi Minh Trail
- Hamburger Hill
- Khe Sanh Combat Base
- Khe Sanh Museum
- Crossing the 17th Parallel
- Historic Vinh Moc Tunnels
- Phong Nha National Park
- World Heritage Sites
Bike Tour Includes
- Experienced English Speaking Guide
- Jeep and driver or Motorbike for self-riding (licence required)
Personal, local licensed motorbike driver if you prefer to sit on the back of the bike
- 4 x Breakfast, 5 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner
- 4 Nights Accommodation
- Village Walk at Bho Hoong, Traditional Cultural Performance (3-4 star accommodation only)
- Entry Fees and Ferry Crossings
- My Son Visit (optional)
- International Safety Standard Helmet
- Drinking Water and Soft Drinks on the Road
- Saddle Bags, Gloves & Rain Ponchos (if needed)
- If more than 6 riders there will also be a tour mechanic coming
- If more than 8 riders there will also be a 2nd guide and support van for luggage coming along
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- 14 days / 13 nights
- 6 nights Tioman island diving
- 5 nights motorcycle tour
- ex Canberra
- all transfers
- 10 boat dives
- twin share accommodation
- motorcycle rental
- breakfast daily
- all meals whilst on motorcycle tour