This was much more than a holiday, this was a real unique experience, an adventure in one of the most beautiful countries we have ever visited: this is as close as a tourist can get to "real" Viet nam. We have learned more of the Vietnamese life in those five days on the road with our guide, than the following ten days sightseeing around the north and center of the country. It is still very alive in our minds; the smiling faces of the kids, the disbelief on our guide's face on our fourth puncture in 12 hours, the genuine hospitality of the people we met.
We loved the sense of freedom and adventure that motorbiking thru those mountains gave us. Freedom because the holiday was just tailor made to our wishes as we drove along the amazing rice terraced hills, adventure because spending one and half hour in the jungle at night when its pitch black, your bike has a flat tire again, and you start hearing animals around you can be quite scary , and also crossing the river on a bunch of bamboo sticks (motorbike included) can be quite a "humid" experience.
So a BIG THANKS goes to our guide for beeing perfect: unexaustable translator, always made sure we were part of the conversation with the locals. He also made us try any sort of food and rice liquors we could possibly immagine (the bear bile was certainly beyond our immagination) and experience the touc lao ritual ! He alway found a perfect spot where to enjoy a deserved glass (or two) of beer while contemplating a breathtaking view of the mountains. Its magic, its a must for whoever wants to have more than a holiday!
Franco and Sabina from Italy