(Gary Stone reviews of 10 days Honda GL160 adventure, ~1,500 km)
I look forward to keeping in touch with the Americans I travelled with, Thanks for your company Quinn, Great tour Anh Wu, all the best to you both.
Tempo of the tour and the stop-over
Right from the start we found that our common interest in bikes, riding, travel was a great talking point, we enjoyed each others company through the tour. I had time to myself either early morning or late evening which was relaxing, the late starts were great times of conversation, breaks along the way were well timed, the breakdowns and worry gave a real adventure element to the trip and while it created difficulty for some at times it fortunately didn’t sour the atmosphere of the group.
Bikes and equipment
Bikes, their reliability was poor, I’d pay more to be on a better bike.
The accommodation was fine, it was great having a variety of accommodation, the homestays always had a great local atmosphere and the hotels always had an unusual flare to them, I don’t understand why they have such hard beds but when I got home I had trouble sleeping on a soft bed!
It was difficult to adjust to the food, like rice for breakfast. But I really felt like our meal choices were the same as locals at times and that was great. sometimes we were spoilt with great local restaurant meals,and that was a great experience too, Quinn our guide is a great cook and he was amazing to watch. there was always a great atmosphere those times when we sat around and ate as he cooked. I could see that locals did not have the meal choices as us back home.
Guide and organisation
The website was true to the business except regards the quality of the bikes, I’m impressed of how the business operates amongst the bustle and totally different world of Vietnam.
As an Australian who had never travelled overseas before I could have benefited from more assistance with how to pay for the deposit and final payment – it ended up cumbersome and I lost money in exchanges.
Quinn was great!! I appreciate him taking us into homes of his family, he has a great sense of humour, he always had much to tell us about history or customs, he worked well with the choices of the group.
Ok for the standard of bikes, willing to spend more if the bikes were better.
How did you know about us?
I was searching the web for bike tours in Aust and found I could fly to Viet and tour for a week cheaper than a North Qld tour at home!! Or I could say I watched TopGear and was sold on a Viet tour.
Full name: Gary Stone
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