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From: Kevin Uram
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:09 AM
Subject: recommendation for Offroad Vietnam motorbiking tour of northern Vietnam
I recently went on a motorbiking tour of northern Vietnam with Offroad Vietnam ( https://offroadvietnam.com) and thought you might like to hear my comments.
I went on a five day/four night motorbiking tour of northern Vietnam with Offroad Vietnam ( https://offroadvietnam.com) in early June 2007. The experience was fantastic. I have traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, but this was my first trip to Vietnam as well as my first experience with “adventure tourism.” The trip was well organized to meet the interest of myself and my two traveling companions. Two of us had extensive motorcycling experience, but the third had never been on a motorcycle before.
The team at Offroad Vietnam designed a trip which was interesting for us experienced riders and not overly challenging for a new rider. We generally spent five to nine hours a day riding with frequent breaks for rest, refreshments, and sightseeing. The overall trip was approximately 900 km over 5 days. The entire excursion was all inclusive (except for drinks) which added to the convenience of the trip.
Accommodations for the first three nights were home stays with local families. This proved to be among the best experiences of the trip. The first night in a Tay village gave us a great look at the lives of the Hill Tribe peoples of Vietnam. The second night’s accommodations were with a local family on Ba Be Lake. Our house had a great view over the lake. At both of these home stays our host families were very friendly. Their houses were neat and clean and the home cooked food was excellent. The third night was with a local family in the town of Quang Uyen. At all three of these home stays our hosts were very gracious and we came to enjoy the welcoming ritual of home brewed rice liquor. The fourth night we stayed in a hotel in the town of Lang Son.
Our guide, Ngoc, is reputed to be the best motorcycling tour guide in northern Vietnam and I can fully understand why. His English skills were excellent (he is also fluent in French as he used to be a French Teacher). He has an easy going manner which made for a very relaxed time for all of us. His motorcycling skills were excellent. We stopped very frequently for photographs as the route that Ngoc planned for us was very picturesque. We also enjoyed many conversations with local people throughout our trip with Ngoc serving as our translator. He was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the Vietnamese and Hill Tribe peoples of Vietnam.
The team at Offroad Vietnam planned my entire trip with the exception of air travel. They arranged a hotel on my arrival in Hanoi as well as my last night there. They also arranged car and driver for airport pick up and return. The motorcycles were well maintained (something that should be important to all and is noticed by experienced riders). Overall the value and experiences I had on this trip make it one of the best vacations I have ever had.
If you would like any further information on my experience with Offroad Vietnam, please feel free to contact me.
Kevin J. Uram, Ph.D. – 300mm 90nm/65nm Tech Transfer Project Manager
IBM/Chartered 10KE-11SG Projects
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