Seeing the real vietnam – review of we ride vietnam, hanoi, vietnam – tripadvisor gas in michigan

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Just returned to Hanoi with 10 of my buddies after 10 days on a dirt bike in remote regions of northwestern Vietnam. Bottom line: If you are of an adventurous spirit, reasonably skilled on motorcycle, and want to see the “real” Vietnam, there simply is no better way to do it than riding with Hai and gas out game directions WeRideVietnam. I cannot stress enough that this is not a regular vacation but truly and adventure one remembers for a lifetime.

This was my second time around riding here. I thought the first one was great but this one was at another level. Better bikes, a greater diversity of challenging routes (with options for backroad and off road forays depending on skill and energy level), and an emersion in the culture of rural mountain tribes waaaay off the beaten path. There are 54 tribal groups in Vietnam, Hmong, Black Mong, Dao, Thai etc. it was not infrequent for us to encounter folks who spoke their own dialect and only limited formal Vietnamese.

The scenery out west is break your heart beautiful like something out of fanciful dream. Impossibly steep terraced fields and high mountains wreathed in cloud. It was harvest time here and we stopped here and there to watch the communal rice harvest with whole villages turning out to help carry shocks of rice to the stationary thresher. One of the highlights for me was when we happened upon some folks harvesting tea… Just returned to Hanoi with 10 of my buddies after 10 days on a dirt bike in remote regions of northwestern Vietnam. Bottom line: If you are of an adventurous spirit, reasonably skilled on motorcycle, and want to see the “real” Vietnam, there simply is no better way to do it than riding with Hai and WeRideVietnam. I cannot stress enough that this is not a regular vacation but truly and adventure one remembers for a lifetime. This was my second time around riding here. I thought the first one was great but this one was at another level. Better bikes, a greater electricity and circuits class 6 cbse diversity of challenging routes (with options for backroad and off road forays depending on skill and energy level), and an emersion in the culture of rural mountain tribes waaaay off the beaten path. There are 54 tribal groups in Vietnam, Hmong, Black Mong, Dao, Thai etc. it was not infrequent for us to encounter folks who spoke their own dialect and only limited formal Vietnamese. The scenery out west is break your heart beautiful like something out of fanciful dream. Impossibly steep terraced fields and high mountains wreathed in cloud. It was harvest time here and we stopped here and there to watch the communal rice harvest with whole villages turning out to help carry shocks of rice to the stationary thresher. One of the highlights for me was when we happened upon some folks harvesting tea leaves with a sort of self bagging three person hedge trimmer. The fragrance riding through those fields and the banana plantations will likely no be remembered. The physical beauty of this place and the technical aspects of the ride were great. Hai was, as always, thoughtful and attentive. Our second guide, Thuan, was an absolute hoot. Fluent in multiple languages and also a first rate chef: Dishes worthy of a fine restaurant magically apparently as “supplements” to the already sumptuous homestay meals. (Not an accident that he served as Anthony Bourdrain’s guide here) Effervescent would be the operant word to describe Thuan. He kept us in stitches. Last but certainly not least was our mechanic, Quang. Riding this terrain bikes break. Clutches get fried electricity water analogy animation, rear shocks say “no mas” and so on. Quang can fix anything, damn fast, by flashlight in a downpour if needed. Murphy’s law, I flatted about five miles out from finishing and Quang saved the day. Took him maybe 10 min to swap out my rear tube. Having said all the above my most enduring memory will be of the warmth of the rural Vietnamese especially all the smiling faces and greetings from all the school children along the road. Great country More Show less

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 electricity invented in homes 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 gas x ultra strength during pregnancy 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 electricity and magnetism connect to form, 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.