I’ve been Vietnam a few times before, but this was hands down my favourite trip. Our fabulous guide Mr.Bao and wonderful driver, mechanic and waterman Tuan looked after us completely, working hard behind the scenes to make it all look effortless. We set out to ride over 7 days from Hanoi to Hoi An tour on the provided mountain bikes and rode an average of 70-80km per day.
Mr Bao and Tuan were flexible with the program, we cycled only in the morning on a baking hot day. Mr Bao rode with us the whole time and Tuan would magically appear in his spotless air-conditioned van at just the right time to provide some fruit and water. Parts of the way were by transfer in the van. This was very comfortable, it even has wifi in it!
The food was varied and delicious! Better than in the fancy restaurants we had previously dined in. Mr Bao was delighted that we were adventurous eaters and would order for us what the locals did well, what was season and so forth. I think if you only like Western food, you might get sick of bread and processed cheese. We got rather attached to Mr Bao and Tuan and when they dropped us off at our fancy resort, we felt at a bit of a loss and our dinners just weren’t the same without them.