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2,772
Biking & Cycling Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 1,692 Great 548 Average 88 Disappointing 15 Terrible 5
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Trails of Vietnam 1st - 14th April 2018 April 2018

4.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Overall, this was a very enjoyable and active trip which enabled us to get a
good undersanding of the different areas and lifestyles of the people from
the hill-tribe villages in the north down to the islands and floating market
traders in the Mekong Delta.
Unfortunately, we were all disapointed when we were told that we would not be
allowed to stay on our boat in Halong Bay overnight and would not be able to
enjoy the planned kayaking around the islands. We had not made aware that
this could happen.
Following on from this we had a full day in Hue when it rained the whole day,
whilst we did visit the Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda (in the rain) it
prevented us cycling to other planned places of interest.
Once we had flown south to Ho Chi Minh City and the weather improved (+35C)
our moral was restored and we enjoyed a very active and varied 2nd half of
the tour.
Visiting the two hilltribe settlements of Sung Village and Đá Bia village
in Hoa Binh Province. and meeting the Dzau Tien and Muong people. So
welcoming, uncommercial, natural and friendly.


Our group leader was Phi Hoang. Very nice guy, very knowledgeable and
passionate about his country and culture.
A minor criticism would be that he could have provided more information on
interesting buildings and points of interest during the many long and tedious
bus journeys we undertook. I suppose to him they are just everyday buildings
but to us tourists they are all very interesting pieces of architecture and
culture.
Also, as I have noticed on my previous trip to Cambodia the guides always
seem to take the tourists to the more upmarket, European, trendy and very
expensive restaurants (by local standards). Personally, I would prefer to try
the more authentic, local cuisine and more "street food". On one occasion,
our guide wanted to take us to a restaurant by taxi which we could have
walked to faster. When he called taxis to take us back to our hotel after our
meal, we refused and said that we wanted to walk a little after our meal. We
are all grown adults and do not need to be chaperoned.


I would advise potential travellers to try to add a couple of days onto the
start and end of the trip if at all possible as this gives the traveler a
little time to acclimatise and to get over some of the jet lag before
starting a fairly intensive travell programme.
On this particular trip, I would advise travelers to ensure they take
something warm to wear on the overnight train journey with the Reunification
Express from Hanoi down to Hue. The air conditioning is absolutely freezing
and cannot be controlled from the cabins. The four people in our cabin froze
and struggled to get any sleep.


Unfortunately, after a very good start to our trip we hit a low point on day
5 when we had travelled to Halong Bay for our overnight boat trip in the bay
and Kayaking around the islands. Whilst we did board our boat and enjoyed a
nice lunch sailing in the bay, we were told that the authorities had stated
that "no boats would be allowed to stay on the water during the evening or
night time due to an impending storm". We and all the other boats had then to
return to shore and we were transferred to a very dated and tired looking
hotel in Halong City for the night's stay. Many of the group were very
disapointed that they did not get an opportunity for kayaking which was one
of their main attractions when booking this trip.
What made the situation worse was the fact that it was not wet or stormy
during the night, so we could have stayed on board. The poor weather then hit
the shore on the following day when we had travelled to Hue.
Personally, prior to travelling I had thought Halong Bay would be the
highlight of this trip but in reality, it was disapointing and overrated. The
bay and islands are certainly beautiful but the area is far too commercial
with too many tourists and hundreds of tourist boats all following each other
around in circles in a closely controlled area of the bay.


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Vietnam Adventure April 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My experience if Vietnam was an adventure from start to finish. The highlites
for me was the mountain trekking and staying with local tribes, experiencing
their culture, food and kind hospitality. The homestay on the Mekong Delta
was mind blowing, again the culture and food experience was unforgettable.
Our guide Phi was excellent with his knowledge and aptitude for organising
us, I felt privileged to have been able to learn so much about his wonderful
country.
Definitely the home stays, being amongst tribal cultures and experiencing
their lifestylez


Phi Gas an outstanding knowledge of his country with a great passion to share
his wonderful country so that the traveller will experience the real Viestnam


This was good introduction for me as a first time solo traveller and an
excellent way to experience the culture and history.


Looking forward to planning my next adventure...


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Vietnam is outstanding April 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Vietnam is a beautiful country full of friendly people, stunning landscapes,
delicious food and hectic cities, and this trip encompasses it all along with
some activity thrown in the mix!
I loved hanging out with the children at the homestay, even if we couldn't
communicate properly with each other! They were all so sweet. I also loved
weaving through the crazy Hanoi streets and cycling in the Mekong Delta. Hoi
An was also excellent!


Small bags are needed for some of the stops, so maybe pack light! Learn hello
(xin chao) and thank you (cam on) in Vietnamese as it is always nice to say
to the locals. Take a tote bag with you for souvenirs and a reusable plastic
bottle as you can fill it up on the bus. Go with an open mind as things can
sometimes change due to weather.


Visit Vietnam before it becomes too touristy! It is an amazing country with
so much to see and so much variation.


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Varied and exciting tour of a fascinating country April 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An excellent 2 week trip exploring the culture, nature and history of a
beautiful country which, despite its complicated history with war, was one of
the most friendly and welcomes places I've visited.
Inspirational is not quite the right word, but I loved the first hike when we
reached the top of a lookout point where all around you you could see
mountains and lakes. I also loved cycling through rice fields.


Phi was friendly, knowledgable and easy to talk to. He struggled to motivate
the group when the overnight cruise was cancelled due to predicted poor
weather, which never materialised, much to our frustration.

I liked how he recommended local specialities at each restaurant, they were
delicious.


Pack light and make the most of the washing facilities provided, as small
bags are required for a number of stops. Expect wet weather in the
north/centre and very humid sun in the south. Bring a poncho and be aware
that the itinerary may be forced to change due to weather conditions.


Growing up in England, you are not taught about the Vietnam War (or the
American War as they call it), so learning about it in Vietnam was truly eye
opening and horrifying. This trip combines culture, history and nature in
equal measure and its multi-activity style meant each day was different and
exciting.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Trails of vietnam April 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip didn’t get off to best start due to industrial action at Air France
but Exodus went the extra mile to sort things, superb service as I’ve come
to expect!!!

Great trip too ... put it on your bucket list.
Hoi An, cool city!!


Excellent, attentive & great sense of humour


Go for it!!


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