(Michael Adkins reviews of 10 days Honda GL160 road bike ride, ~1,500 km)
I would certainly recommend this trip to my friends, or anyone who asks! I would suggest they have a few lessons before doing it through – even for experienced Australian riders, Vietnamese traffic, city and country – in another world.
Tempo of the tour and the stop-over
Generally, the tempo of the tour was very good. One minor exception was that the last day was very long (and boring roads!). However, I understand this may be necessary to stay at Thac Ba lake. All the stop overs were excellent. I think these were the most rewarding parts of the trip – especially the homestays (Mai Chau + Mr. Boi).
Bikes and equipment
The motorcycle worked fine for me – although the instruments (speedo + tachometer) may not have been accurate – according to my speedo I didn’t ride above 70km/h – even on the highway.
The accommodation was generally excellent – all the homestay hosts were very welcoming. The hotels were ok, although the Lan Anh in Muong Lay was my least favourite – the rooms were damp. The Cat Cat view in Sapa was exceptional.
For the most part, the food was outstanding – a real introduction to the variety of Vietnamese cuisine – a lot of thanks for this should go to the guide for making the selections. One criticism of the group was too much “Pho”. Didn’t bother me because I love “Pho”.
Guide and organisation
This trip would have been nothing without our guide. He is an exceptional guide who represents everything that is good about Offroad Vietnam – apart from all the usual things (but very important) like checking bikes, fixing tires, planning stops etc. I really appreciated his knowledge of Vietnamese food, history, culture and his ability to speak and translate English. Otherwise, I found it very easy to deal with the company (email returned very fast).
I think the price was very reasonable for the quality of the experience.
How did you know about us?
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Full name: Michael Adkins
Address: Victoria, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
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