This is my second visit to Vietnam, both times on tour. They must be doing something right! Few places remain where you can have the whole of the countryside to yourself, just you, the guide and your trusty Minsks. The fascination and attention that you receive from the locals each time you pass through a village is hard to forget easy to get used too.
Soon you'll be sat around a mini-plastic table sipping your Biahoi and smoking tuc lau (tobacco!) without a care in the world. This is adventure tourism at its best. Sometimes you'll wonder what you are doing here and why didn't you just go and sit by a pool, but at the end of a long day the beer tastes so much sweeter and the food that more delicious as a result of your daily exertions that are motorbike touring in Vietnam.
Hanoi itself is has more than enough attractions for a holiday in itself, from a myriad of excellent restaurants to the nightly dance fest. at the Apocalypse. In true Asian style you'll find yourself involved and loving the obligatory Karaoke evenings; we didn't perform a group rendition of Bon Jovi's, "Living on a Prayer", honest.......
If you have time visit the Snake restaurant and the legedary suberb of Hadon with it's strange inhabitants and customs not dissimilar to my home town of Accrington.
All in all I had a wicked time and an encyclopedia of stories to bore everybody back in England with..
Cheers and keep up the good work...
Russ T from England