(Graeme Dawson reviews of 9 days on Honda road bike GL160, ~1,500 km)
My friend and I have just returned from the 9 days Ho Chi Minh trail. What a fantastic way to celebrate my 50th and see the real Vietnam at the same time. Out of the 3 companies, I contacted about doing this sort of trip, Offroad Vietnam was the only 1 that responded to my email. So the 1st decision was easy. With no regrets, I chose Offroad Vietnam. Anh was very helpful from start to end, always answering emails and so promptly.
I only have 2 negative comments to make, you need to have cold beer available for Aussies and your coffee is terrible. Best birthday and holiday ever. Hope to see you all again.
Tempo of the tour and the stop-over
The tempo of the tour was good, with 1big 8hr day in the middle of the trip. There were only 2 of us on the ride which I think is better, makes the tour more flexible, less stress on the guide, less decision making.
The bikes are old but reliable. We travelled 1500kms without a breakdown. We chose the 160cc Hondas because of insurance restrictions above 200cc. I would look at upgrading to bigger bike next time. Not for speed, more for my tall frame. You do not go on this trip to ride fast there are too many obstacles, the roads are not good enough and there is far too much to see. Just enjoy!
Accommodation is basic but clean enough. Remember this is a bike trip, not a 5-star cruise. Vietnamese beds are HARD.
The food was great and plenty of it. The only stomach upset I had was when I came home and went back to my western diet?
The organization – Guide services
Thon our guide was very good. He kept a very close protective eye on both us and the bikes. Loves his music, knows how and when to have fun and when to be serious. Thanks, mate.
It is very good value for money.
How did you know about us?
I found the company in the Lonely Planet guide.
Full name: Graeme Dawson.
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