(Eric Doucet reviews of 8 days scenic Ha Giang, Honda XR250, ~1,500 km)
Tempo of the tour and the stop-over
Tempo, in general, was good. 2 points – Although at certain points of the ride, when some of us did not feel comfortable making risky, potentially hazardous take overs, we were encouraged by Thon to take more risks, which caused some anxiety. Understood a certain pace must be maintained and the intention is not to slow down the group, however only within the limits of the drivers’ experience and only within our comfort zones. This should be taken into account when guides are encouraging individuals to push beyond their existing comfort zone. The priority should be safety, not schedule. Also, it feels like we were always trying to stay on schedule at the expense of scenery or stops, or ability to take in the moment. Not sure if there is a solution to this, just mentioning it.
Bikes and equipment
Bikes were good, miscellaneous breakdowns but nothing Thon could not handle. Although communication during repairs and expected new time of departure would have been appreciated. Being left to wait without instruction or information was frustrating.
Breakfasts were good, Lunches were hit and miss, Dinners were usually good. (Not much variety).
Thon was very good, pleasant funny and always in good spirits. Thon is one of your better assets and was essential in the experience, although he was very time focused. Not sure what his motives were, perhaps in future, he could explain the reason for hurried schedule or offer some options to the day. But finding that single track trail and venturing off at the end of our trip was amazing. That day was one of the best days on the road is it was not even part of the original plan. More days like that where the group is involved with the decision was what made the experience even more raw and exciting.
Very good value for the price.
How did you know about us?
Online research. Convinced because of YouTube video, Australian Motorcycle Publication, and speaking with past customers.
Full name: Eric Doucet
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