My girlfriend and I travelled to Mai Chau on motorbike with Zoom. It was an amazing, unforgettable experience, and Zoom is an awesome guide to travel with.
Taking a bike trip to Mai Chau is well worth it, with some great scenery along the way. Mai Chau is a beautiful valley, and while it's getting a little touristy, Zoom found us a lovely home stay that doesn't feel canned or commercial. Our trip was only 2d1n but it felt longer because not a moment felt wasted (maybe except the painful traffic getting in and out of Hanoi).
Zoom is genuinely an awesome person to travel with. You really get the sense that Zoom is a fellow traveller first and foremost, and a guide second. She puts in extra effort to make sure you get to experience Vietnam like a local, and not as a tourist. Once, we stopped to have lunch in a small town, and Zoom found a humble little roadside pho restaurant. We had amazing pho, had a conversation with the owner about life in a small town, played with her granddaughter and her pet puppy, and smoked a tobacco pipe while sipping iced coffee and watching traffic go by. Serendipitous perhaps, but memorable experiences like this happen because of the way Zoom goes about her business. She genuinely loves traveling too, and she gets really excited when we sees beautiful sights, and it's infectious!
At the end of our trip we felt we've really made a new friend in Zoom. She showed a lot of care for our wellbeing - we both fell sick and she took great care of us - and even took us to a spa in Hanoi after our trip was over.
I can't recommend Zoom enough. It was really fun traveling with her. I would love to do it again in the future.
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