(Brian Owen reviews of 10 days on Honda GL160 adventure, ~1,400 km)
Thank you for a memorable Vietnamese experience, feel free to use these photos and comments and also to use me as a reference for any potential Australian customers, my phone number is 0417540448.
Tempo of the tour and the stop-over
The tempo of the tour was well planned. We had plenty of time to observe the many and varied rural lifestyles as well as taking pics of the breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our accommodation with enough time to explore the surroundings before dark.
Bikes and equipment
The Bikes (160 Hondas) performed well. Of the 6 bikes, 1 was a bit tired and was due for a repower. Next time we will opt for the 250s as they have a bit more suspension travel, which would suit heavier riders. Our guide, Vuong, is a legend, his ability with bikes, cameras and phones was astounding. And to top that off, his people skills meant we had no language problems and he kept 5 old Aussies entertained for 10 days. (6 good mates on an incredible journey.)
Was better than expected, sit down toilets and hot showers each day. The 3 home stays were warm and friendly with very good food and cold beer, a very good way of savouring the true Vietnam. Hotels were clean and comfortable with friendly staff, the 2 days accommodation in Sapa was one of the highlights of the whole trip, a must do part of Vietnam.
The food was varied, fresh and tasty, Vuong made sure everyone’s taste was catered for. We only drank bottled water which was available everywhere. 2 things we soon learnt: 1/ pace yourself carefully with the rice wine. 2/ never trust a fart.
Guide and organisation
We will return, Offroad Vietnam impressed us with their professional approach, they leave no stones unturned and obviously listen to feedback from customers. We put all our trust in them to arrange airport transfer, accommodation before, during and after the ride, and they came up trumps in all areas. If Vuong is any indication of the standard of their guides then you are in good hands all the way.
By western standards the overall cost is very cheap, if you want a hassle free trip with a proven track record I recommend Offroad Vietnam. Yes it could be cheaper, if you wanted to go to Hanoi and shop around for guides, bikes, accommodation and trusted eating places, then you would still not know the level of service. We observed the middle man mark-up and were still more than happy with the cost.
How did you know about us?
Full name: Brian Owen
Address: Tasmania, AUSTRALIA.
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