I've just finished the 10 day "Border Crawl" along the North-Vietnam/China border between Hanoi and Lao Cai/Sapa. The trip was incredible. The sheer diversity of scenery, exposure to local culture, and opportunity to travel with like-minded motorcyclists has been life-changing. The trip is one of the best I've ever experienced. Our guide, with 20+ years local experience, was deeply passionate and embedded in Vietnamese culture. The guide + mechanic know the little roads through rice paddy-fields, sheer-cliff valleys, vast farming land and off-piste tracks. Both had a passion for discovering new tracks and provides outstanding access to real people and culture. All tour participants were well vetted by the organisers. This ensured a harmonious trip and access routes that suited all members of the travelling party. Digby, Thuy and the team are flawless in their co-ordination of a safe, well organised and flexible trip that caters appropriately to skills and objectives of all participants... And the little Minsk motorbike is the ultimate all-terrain vehicle for all riders in this country. The accommodation was of high quality and frankly exceeded expectations for a adventure motorcycling trip. Great mix of Home-stay accommodation which were beautifully catered and very high quality hotel accommodation which was fabulous. The variety and quality of Vietnamese cooking has, in my experience been without comparison. At all times, we were well fed, had access to bottled water... I enjoyed this trip so much that I expect to return for another with Explore Indochina.
Tim Markovitch from Australia