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“"A ride on the wild side" with Quang and Hong”

Hoi An to Hue :Crossing the Hai Van pass on the back of a motorbike is unforgettable!!!

If you are even thinking about stepping outside your comfort zone and get away from the usual tourist trail, I could not encourage you more strongly to follow your instincts! We recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in Vietnam and did a trip with Quang (Central Vietnam supervisor) and Hong of Vietnam Easy Riders on 15 and 16 July. Our trip was between Hoi An and Hue, over the Hai Van Pass. It was without question the highlight of our Vietnam experience. From the first contact we experienced the most extraordinary customer service from these guys. We made our decision to do the trip on Sunday morning,14th July and emailed the company, requesting a personalized tour starting the next morning. When we returned to our hotel by 5pm that day a reply was waiting, offering a face to face meeting at the hotel at our convenience to discuss our trip. By 6.30pm on Sunday evening Quang and Hong met us to discuss a departure the next morning at 8 am. Despite complete inexperience on motorbikes, we felt instantly at ease with these two extremely dependable guys. Quang’s English is superb, and he shared so much knowledge and history of the places we visited. Hong’s English is more limited but he made up for that by anticipating and tending to our every physical need, even down to cleaning our sunglasses at rest stops and offering toothpicks after a meal. Quang was very considerate, making frequent rest stops, and ensuring we were at all times at ease with how the trip was going. He also shared details of his family life, which we appreciated tremendously, as it gave us an insight into contemporary Vietnam and the things that are important to people today. Crossing the Hai Van pass on the back of a motorbike is unforgettable! At our request Quang took us off the beaten track. Another highlight was a visit to a picnic spot where only Vietnamese families go, it cannot be reached by car – we did not see another tourist in sight there. He organized a very special ‘local food” feast for us there. We were also much refreshed by a cool swim with the locals in a fresh clear stream fed by a waterfall. The 16th July was our 25th wedding anniversary, and we were very touched when Quang presented each of us with a gift during our visit to the artisan shop at Marble Mountain, a marble horse for me and a marble pig for my husband – representative of our birth years. Quang said that he wanted us to have a very special memory of our wedding anniversary, and we certainly do! Thank you again Quang and Hong for our very special two days with you! Frank and Lorraine

Visited in July 2013, tripadvisor review by Lorraine