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Phat Tire Ventures
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Owner description: Phat Tire Ventures Vietnam is the longest running adventure sports outfitter in Vietnam specializing in mountain biking, white water rafting, trekking, rock climbing and canyoning. We have offices in both Dalat and Hoi An.
Reviewed March 3, 2013

My husband and I spent 2 days mountain biking and 2 days on the Bike to Coast (Mui Ne) trip. We did Slingshot and Crazy 8 for the trail riding. We really enjoyed cycling and chatting with our guides Bon, Dom, Luis and Long as well as with our Bike to Coast driver Phuc.

The single track sections of the mountain bike trails were just as good if not much better than many trails I ride in Northern California and the scenery was stunning. I always wanted to bike through a large creek bed and we did so multiple times on Slingshot. Having lunch at a waterfall was pretty much a dream. The picnic lunch they pack is very delicious and incredibly fresh -- best bananas in the world I think. Crazy 8 was crazy challenging with windy downhill sections and intense climbs but we enjoyed every minute of the ride.

The Bike to Coast ride was not only a great way to get exercise and see the countryside of Viet Nam but also an opportunity to learn a bit about local culture. Our guide Long was very knowledgeable and friendly and shared a lot of info about the towns we biked through. All of us shared a lot of stories laughs over meals and while biking along the road.

For those that are curious about ability levels for the trail rides -- My husband and I have been mountain biking for 10+ years and Slingshot and Crazy 8 were plenty challenging for us. I would say if you are a beginner stick to the easier trail rides or the road rides. Feel free to discuss your ability with the Phat Tire team as I don't remember them ever asking my ability outright (maybe a practice they could adopt?? : D) but they are very knowledgeable and will help you pick the right ride for your level.

What a great company! The fact that they love their jobs really shows and makes for a top notch experience.

4  Thank Lil_Slawski
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Fantastic experience. The ride was sensational, dropping down mountains and wide open views. Really good equipment and knowledgeable guides. Why travel in a bus from DaLat to Mui Ne when you can enjoy the wonderful outdoors and ride a bike! The people we passed in each village were so friendly and a real highlight to the trip.

7  Thank Immy_Lou
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We were really happy with the 2 tours we booked with Phat Tire. One day we did Trekking and Kayaking with Mr Dinh. We enjoyed talking with Mr Dinh- his English was excellent and he visited with us a lot (which we enjoy because we learn more about life in VN that way). We would have liked a little more natural history but to be fair the trip is not advertised as a natural history tour; it is for exercise and enjoying the landscape (which is outrageously beautiful).

The next day we did the Bike to Nha Trang trip with Mr. Linh. This was one of the highlights of our trip to VN! Mostly down hill, support vehicle the whole way, great guide who pointed out the best photo ops, and more.

Both trips picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel; provided huge fresh picnic lunches, and let us pay with a credit card (which is very convenient when traveling and a service not always found in VN). The employees seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs, Da Lat, and working for Phat Tire. Thanks!

I have one suggestions. Lunches were wonderful but we do enjoy eating Vietnamese food (the picnics were Western style make-your-own sandwiches on fresh baguette). It would be awesome if there was a Vietnamese lunch option! I realize it might not be convenient to offer 2 lunch options.

Thanks for a great time. Marilyn and David from Montana, USA

4  Thank Marilyn M
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Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend spent 3 days doing activites with phat tire. While some activites might be out of budget backpackers price range, it is till excellent value for money. Day one we went mountain biking which was a challenge but it was great fun. It was a good mix between challenging and enjoyment, a good standard of fitness is needed though.the guide spoke very good english and was very professional. On the second we went canyoning!small group of 7 people so it there wasnt too much waiting around. it was scary/exciting but people of most fitness levels should be capable. Even though the 2nd absailed waterfall is really tough. If you only have 1 day free, pick canyoning! Guide was very good. Final day we did a relaxing 17km trekk.really nice/easy end to the trip. One piece of advice. Ask if you want to do activites with others, ask the guides to arrange it with other groups. Its more enjoyable with a medium sized group 4-8. We could of done the trek alone but asked to join a bigger group! Good banter. A good reason to visit dalat!
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We booked the bike riding tour from Dalat to Nha trang the night before with no problems, the staff were all very helpful. our tour guide, Minh and bus driver phu were excellent! They accomodated for our lack of biking skill and tailored the trip to suit us. We were skeptical at first about riding on the crazy vietnamese roads but soon found out that the road was relatively new and pretty quiet, there wasnt a moment we didnt feel safe. The ride was wonderful, with amazing view the whole way and a much welcome 28km downhill stretch! We definately recommend this company and these guides, the best way to travel from Dalat to nha trang!!!

4  Thank akima p
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