North west vietnam – 10 day tour – review of we ride vietnam, hanoi, vietnam – tripadvisor

The group was bigger than anyone really wanted going in, but it had some advantages. Because the group was big, Hai brought Thuan as a second guide. This allowed us to break up into two groups if there was a challenging ride that not everyone was up for. For example, on a typical day, all 11 (14 with guides and mechanic) start around 8am and ride 120-150km to get to the next hotel/homestay. During lunch, Hai gives us an overview of the Offroad option for the day. At some point, we’d hit a fork in the road. Hai and Quang take the ‘Offroad’ group out for ‘Extra Credit’. Thuan take the rest directly to the hotel/homestay.

This allowed Hai to keep the group challenged, rather than having to accommodate the lowest common denominator. Riders that were tired or injured could take the ‘day off’ and rest. Riders that were healthy and hungry for challenge would come staggering into the hotel/homestay a couple hours later.

y…perfectly… Thanks Hai, Thuan, and Qaung for a fantastic ten day motorcycle tour through North West Vietnam. We were an eleven person group on XR150’s (and one CRF250). Started by taking the train to Lao Cai. The first couple days were spend criss-crossing the area around Sapa and Sin Ho. Then we made our way through the mountains down to the area around Phu Yen and Pu Luong…then we rode back into Hanoi. The group was bigger than anyone really wanted going in, but it had some advantages. Because the group was big, Hai brought Thuan as a second guide. This allowed us to break up into two groups if there was a challenging ride that not everyone was up for. For example, on a typical day, all 11 (14 with guides and mechanic) start around 8am and ride 120-150km to get to the next hotel/homestay. During lunch, Hai gives us an overview of the Offroad option for the day. At some point, we’d hit a fork in the road. Hai and Quang take the ‘Offroad’ group out for ‘Extra Credit’. Thuan take the rest directly to the hotel/homestay. This allowed Hai to keep the group challenged, rather than having to accommodate the lowest common denominator. Riders that were tired or injured could take the ‘day off’ and rest. Riders that were healthy and hungry for challenge would come staggering into the hotel/homestay a couple hours later. Was it hard? y…perfectly hard. Our group of eleven was pretty experienced and only two didn’t come off the bike at some point. Most were minor. Two resulted in riders taking a couple days away from ‘Offroad’ to recover (including me). All eleven riders completed more than 1600km and greeted their families at the airport with a smile and swagger. We’ll all downplay the bruises and soreness so we can do it again. Bikes: I ride Moto Guzzi V7II as my daily and DR350 for dirt. The XR150 was a great bike for this ride. I never felt like the bike limited my ability to complete a ride (It was always my riding ability ). I rode the CRF250 for one day. It is great. Fuel injection, dirt pegs, short levers, and rear disc definitely help. Con’s: The gas tank is small and meant it had to be filled up twice per day (XR150s were once per day). It was a bit more top heavy, maybe something to consider for smaller riders. FWIW, the additional 100 CC’s didn’t really seem to be a factor. The bikes were in good condition and were maintained daily. We didn’t have any significant mechanical issues. Just a couple flat tires that Quang fixed in about 10 minutes. Food was fantastic. Full stop. At home I am vegetarian, but started eating meat a couple weeks in advance to prepare for this trip. You could do it as a vegetarian, but you would miss out on some of the cultural experience. Vegan would be challenging. Another plus of the big group manifested with food. Thuan is a fantastic cook. He elbowed his way into the hotel/homestay kitchens and made the menu personal, while insuring we were always getting something new and experiencing the range of Vietnamese culinary culture. Kudos. Accommodations were a good combination of hotels and homestays. Each had its own quirks and allure. Gear: I brought all my own gear. Those that borrowed gear seemed happy. Value: Prior to signing up for this trip, I had no experience/interest in Vietnam. Coming out the side, the adventure per dollar value for our group was off the charts. If you love to ride, I don’t know of any guided adventure that provides better value. I could blather endlessly about all the cool stuff we saw and did, but I don’t want to give away spoilers. It will be better if you just follow Hai and let him lead you through an epic adventure. Do it. Run, don’t walk. More Show less