Just got back from our trip and wanted to write and tell you that we had the most amazing time. The guide was a lovely lovely bloke and a great guide. We got to do so much stuff that we would never ever have done without him - we stopped and got fresh sugar cane juice and sticky rice cooked in bamboo. We visited a chop stick factory and had tea with lots and lots of locals (all totally bemused by Charlie's dreadlocks - he now knows the phrase for 'real hair' (toc that)).
Plus the scenery was stunning and he took really good care of us, always stopping to make sure we were ok and so we could take photos.
In fact, everything about our trip with Explore Indochina has been great, from organising it, even at short notice, to meeting you and getting our gear, to hanging out with you guys.
Just wanted to add that when we booked it, I wasn't sure that a puny little 125 would be big enough for both of us and all our stuff. I'm now so glad that we took your advice and went with the Minsk.
There's no way that a Ural could have gone some of the places we went and the Minsk was perfect for Vietnam traffic.
Thank you so much - maybe we'll be back one day to ride with the Minsk Club of Hanoi again...
PS. If it's ok with you, Charlie's going to wax-lyrical to the uk bike-forum he often writes on about your tours!
Charlie and Helen Pank from UK