We were initially put off by the prices quoted to us by the many "easy rider" groups stationed all over Da lat because they seemed so much more expensive than we had anticipated. We were won over however by the cheerful banter and easy confidence if the group.
My girlfriend and I paired up with Lan an An, two amazingly friendly and knowledgeable Vietnamese gentlemen. We rode pillion on their well-maintained bikes from Da Lat to Nha Trang over three amazing days. We requested an experience that was off the beaten track and boy did we get it.
I couldn't describe the whole experience but we rode through some of the most beautiful landscapes i have seen in my travels, pulling over frequently to take in the sites and listen to the insights of our guides - all at a pace that was totally up to us. We saw silk factories, plantations, isolated minority villages full of smiling, waving children and ate delicious and cheap food.
I had the pleasure of riding pillion with Lan, who has perfectly fluent English, a charming disposition and a wealth of jokes to make you laugh out loud.
I could go on forever about the trip and these guys but I urge you just to weigh up how little money it is in the scheme of things and give it a shot, man was it worth it.
Best of luck to our good friends Lan and An.
Cheers for the experience,
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