Just a quick one to let you know what a great time we had on the 'border crawl' ......it's a bit dull being back in Hanoi after our adventures, especially the last day's ride on the northern loop. The only real downside to the trip was the nasty beating we took on the pool tables at the hands of those Hmong girls in Sapa! I'm hoping I'll get to see you at the restaurant or in the office sometime in the next week or so, just to touch base and maybe pencil my name for the Meo Vac trip next May. Thanks again for everything, your organisation is a credit to you all.
"Those who travel the road know it is hard. Scale one mountain and another appears. But once you mount the highest peak. 10,000 miles appear before your eyes". 'En Route' Ho Chi Minh Prison Diaries
There were four of us on our eight-day border crawl accompanied by our guide/mechanic. Our age range was late 20's to 60; our motorbiking experience ranged from competent to beginner. Throughout the trip we were well cared for in all facets of road travel, with gourmet picnic lunches an unexpected feature. The bikes were well prepared and performed heroically. The route was well chosen to provide some faster main-road passages along with challenging off-road sections. The whole experience was enjoyable.
The superb organisation of Explore Indochina is a credit to those involved.
Carl Wallace from Australia