(Paul Cassin reviews of 8 days Honda road bike 160cc, ~1,600 km by Paul Cassin)
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From: Paul Cassin
To: Offroad Vietnam
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 3:32 PM
Subject: tour reviews
Sorry, it has taken me so long to get back to you. It’s been a busy month for work, but things are slowing down again.
It was a truly amazing trip, if not my favorite that I have had in Vietnam so far. I’m very glad that I was able to visit this area of Vietnam while the local culture remains authentic and the scenery hasn’t been spoiled by the development that has ruined so many other sites in Vietnam.
The pace of the trip was enjoyable and relaxing and allowed enough time to take in the scenery. It was a pity that on the third day the hotel’s situation in Dong Van meant that we had to miss Lung Cu, which I had been looking forward to visiting, as well as a ride through the most scenic area of the “rocky mountains” when it was nearly dark.
Accommodation and food were all fine, but I would have preferred to stay at cheaper nha nghis along the way since the more expensive khach sans we stayed at still had hard cheap beds.
At first, I was thrown off by how high your prices are, but the quality of the tour and guide services made it worth it. The Honda GL was in great condition and the shocks were downright luxurious compared to my Suzuki. It was nice to not have to worry about the daily maintenance and repairs which have always been big headaches on the trips I’ve done on my own.
My only big concern from the trip was the other members of the group were not experienced riders which led to a few minor accidents and going at a slower pace in general. I would recommend having a compulsory driving instruction activity in Hanoi the day before the trip for people that don’t have extensive or other recent riding experience, or even for experienced riders to get used to the quirks of the bike, they’ll be renting. I’ve attached some of my favorite photos from the trip if you’d like to use them.
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