Craig McMillan reviews of 1,300-km and 7-day Honda XR250 & XL150 ride

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - Mr. Craig McMillan's Reviews Of North-East Vietnam Motorbike Tour (Australia)

Tempo of the tour and the stop-over

The tempo of the tour was perfect and catered for the riding skills of all 4 riders in our party, each of which had different levels of experience. We had plenty of rest stops to allow us to take in the scenery and arrived at our accommodation early enough to enable us to look around the local area.

Bikes and equipment

We had a range of GL 160s and XL 125s and all bikes were all in good condition considering the work that they have done. We had a couple of very minor issues which were easily fixed by our guide, Chung.


We particularly enjoyed the 4 nights of homestay accommodation with local families. Their hospitality was wonderful (and their beer cold and rice wine tasty). Toilets and showers were available at all overnight stops. The hotels were all clean and the staff friendly.


The food was a highlight. We were fed well with fresh and tasty meals. The home-cooked meals were a highlight.

Guide and organization

Chung was a seasoned professional. We would recommend him without hesitation. Everything was organised for us so all we had to do was to enjoy the riding, the scenery, the food and the beer.

The price

If you really wanted to, you could possibly do this cheaper. This would involve a lot of time and effort sourcing motorcycles, determining a route and locating accommodation, with the associated risk that you may not see the best bits! For the small extra cost, all of this was taken care of so we could relax and enjoy our holiday. By Australian standards, this was an inexpensive vacation.

How did you know about us?

Brian Owen (who travelled on the North West tour in during 2012) recommended Off Road Vietnam.

Additional comments

We were surprised to hear that only a small percentage of riders were female. Chelsea and Amanda in our travelling party had no difficulty in handling the bikes or the conditions and will be back for another tour with the rest of our tour group.

Craig McMillan
Tasmania, Australia

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