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“Highlight of my trip to HCMC” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vietnam Bike Tours

Vietnam Bike Tours
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$117.75*
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Countryside Bike Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Vietnam Bike Tours® Climate change. Ride a bike. Quality GT bike rentals and GIRO helmets are available for rentals in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Perth, Australia
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“Highlight of my trip to HCMC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

Quang was a fantastic guide for our 30km to and along the Mekong. Bikes were great quality, the local people so friendly and open to us coming into their homes spontaneoulsy after approached by Quang. Lunch was great. Quite touristy after lunch, but a fabulous way to spend a day. Thanks Quang. Im telling everyone that comes to HCMC to look you up!

Visited February 2013
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Biketours, Manager at Vietnam Bike Tours, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear valued guest,
Much as you appreciate our service, we are very delighted that we made you happy enough to highly recommend us. Your feedback motivates us, Quang in particular to improve more and understand the needs of our future guests. It would be lovely to serve you back with all the new areas we have developed. Again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back, just let us know.

Huy,
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“Saigon to Bangkok Bike Tour, Trip of a Lifetime!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

If you like local, knowledgeable guides who speak English, who take you on the back roads and paths of Vietnam and Cambodia, and make sure you really experience their countries for its food, people and culture, this is your bike tour company. Vietnam Bike Tours simply delivered on most all aspects of this excellent trip.

We started in Saigon with Hai (our guide) and Phoc (our driver). For most of our tour in Vietnam, we were on paved or dirt bike paths that meandered through the rice fields and along the canals of the Mekong River. Imagine turning off the main road to the rural countryside and going back 50 years in time! The food was delicious and many times, home cooked (especially the lunches). The wholesale floating market in Can Tho was a highlight. You feel like a rock star biking along as all the little kids constantly shout out "Hello, Hello, Hello". The home stay on Day 2 was at the Mekong Cycle Rest and was superb. The hosts cooked us a feast of local vegetables and meats. The last day, you bike through a much poorer area (visiting the Vietnamese killing fields which are a bit gruesome) before reaching Chau Doc. I recommend only climbing to the Buddhist temple on Sam Mountain rather than going for the top. The temple is beautiful. The top is touristy, dirty, and wasn't worth the hike (imho). Hai was a great guide and provided a lot of local knowledge. The bikes and equipment were good. They are hard tails and I probably would have preferred dual suspension but it is a trade off because, for the most part, you are on pavement. My husband's bike didn't fit him initially and Hai changed out his bike immediately. Hai also totally took care of us on Day 6 when our hotel reservations got messed up . He got us checked into an upgraded hotel. Bottom line, from the minute we landed in Saigon until we took off for the Cambodian border, he and Phoc made sure we had everything we needed and were enjoying our trip.

The crossing to Cambodia was easy and uneventful before we were met in Phnom Penh by a local guide and driver. You have a nice lunch and then the guide takes you to the killing fields and to a former Khmer Rouge prison. Probably one thing I would change is to only visit one of these sites (they are very depressing) and then visit something else or take some time just to wander around Phnom Penh which is a busy cosmopolitan city. The next day we started biking with Rong (our Cambodian guide) who also was excellent and took great care of us. We biked along the backroads and trails of Cambodia. A highlight was Rong is from Siem Reap so the trails around Angkor Wat are his mountain biking backyard. He took us along all these little trails around Angkor Wat and would just pop out at some deserted temple. It was spectacular!

Angkor Wat was unbelievable. The carvings, the stone work, its mind boggling. We only had 1 day there and one other thing I would change about this trip is to spend one additional day exploring on your own at Angkor Wat. Especially as the day after Angkor Wat, we visited the floating village (which was a bit dreary as the water was really low) and also took a ride on the Bamboo Train (which was fun but too touristy for our liking where the train drops you off). We also visiting a silk factory this day which was really interesting. But all in all, I would have rather spent that day exploring more things at Angkor Wat.

The accommodations in Cambodia are very luxurious. The AC works very well. There are swimming pools at most of the hotels. And it is nice to be able to jump into a pool after a long day of biking in the heat. As with hotels in Vietnam, the breakfast buffets are a cornucopia with every kind of breakfast imaginable from American to French to Chinese to Vietnamese and Cambodian. And it is all fresh food. You won't go hungry on this trip and if you aren't careful, might gain weight! :)

The last day of biking in Cambodia was a long hot day along a road but the traffic isn't too bad. In fact, one thing I really liked about biking in both countries is that cars are very attuned to having bikes and scooters on the road. So I feel much safer biking there than I do in the USA where bikes are anomalies and some drivers don't think bikes should even be on the road.

Our last night in Cambodia was at Memoria Palace. The owner is a human rights lawyer that decided he wanted to make a difference. He has built an oasis on a former Khmer stronghold. He had to clear 120 landmines from the property before he broke ground. Wow! He hires the local people to help run his operation and he trains, feeds and houses them as well. He put in a swimming pool where a weapons cache used to be and occasionally lets the local kids swim. We were swimming and all of these kids were laughing, splashing, and playing in the pool. I loved the dichotomy of what was and what is now. People like him are an inspiration.

The crossing to Thailand was a bit rough. You are supposed to have a copy of your passport (luckily we did) and you have to fill out a customs form. The guide that met us (who didn't speak English very well) only had two forms and we had four in our group. We finally got it worked out but one thing I would recommend is that Vietnam Bike Tours makes sure the clients have the forms in advance of arriving to the Thai border to eliminate any stress.

The Thailand part of the Vietnam Bike Tours trip doesn't involve any biking. We spent a luxurious two days on Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand at the Sea View Resort. We stayed in little bungalows right near the beach. The resort is very opulent. The pools are great. It has a private beach which is nice. We rented a scooter and went to the east side of the island which is not as heavily developed. Also, after two weeks of biking, we were really tired! This bike trip is not for the uninitiated! Although the mileage and elevation are really pretty moderate, add in the heat and it gets pretty hard. It was nice to have a couple days of relaxation!

This is exactly the kind of trip my husband and I love, very athletic and then some relaxation time.

What I would do different next time:

1) I would probably arrange a private tour with friends whose traveling style I'm familiar with and make the changes I noted above. This trip takes you out of your comfort zone and we are seasoned travelers having visited many parts of the world. If you have people in the group who aren't comfortable being out of their comfort zone, that can be a bit taxing. The good thing is the van can pick up any bikers that are too hot or tired so the group won't hold up your vacation. And you have separate rooms each night. So really the group isn't a huge factor but my husband and I would have enjoyed experiencing this trip with a good friend or two.

2) I definitely would not try to do this trip on my own in 2.5 weeks. We usually don't do the "tour" thing but, as we found out, practically nobody speaks English so it would have been tough to try to pull off this trip in the allotted time. It was awesome to have a guide for most parts of the trip who could translate for us and who took us on the back roads of these countries. I really feel like we got to "see" Vietnam and Cambodia in ways many don't. If you have three or six months, then it's doable to do on your own as time is on your side.

3) We spent an extra week, on our own, after the trip visiting Thailand and I highly recommend that. Bangkok is fascinating. The temples are beautiful and the sky train transportation system is efficient and easy as pie to navigate. We took a night bike tour of Bangkok with a group called Grasshopper and it was awesome to bike through the back alleys of this big city and visit flower markets and the deserted temples lit up blazing into the night sky. I would recommend that Vietnam Bike Tours add this to the agenda as the last night of this trip because it really was something I will never forget!

Overall, the trip was great. If you are in to biking and seeing new cultures, put this one on your bucket list!

Visited March 2013
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Biketours, Manager at Vietnam Bike Tours, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear valued guest,
It is amazing that you were able to share your experience in details and we are very much happy you enjoyed most part of it. Like you said we can customize the tour and introduce new areas we have developed based on our guest preference. All you have to do is let us know what are the things you would like to do and see and we can give options for your choice. Again, thank you and it would be lovely to serve you back with our new areas to explore.

Huy
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Berlin, Germany
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We had a fantastic guide, Quang. His wit, entertainment and constant consideration for our enjoyment were very appreciated. He was always finding unique experiences for us and even got permission from local villagers to allow us into their home and flower field. It was a truly fantastic experience, well catered for and every one of our needs were anticipated. It was definitely value for money. We loved it so much, we are bringing our teenage children back to experience it!!!!

Visited February 2013
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Biketours, Manager at Vietnam Bike Tours, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear valued guest,
Thank you for highly recommending us, we are happy to read your feedback. Quang in particular is motivated to learn more on how to please our guests of various nationalities. It is great to hear you are bringing your kids back here as we have developed bike programs that kids would enjoy in a safety manner. We would gladly welcome you back here and hopefully you will explore new areas with us again.

Huy
Bike Tours Manager
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Kuala Lumpur
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“best way to experience the Mekong Delta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

The trip BIking to MyTho one day was a bit expensive (111 USD p.P., kids 25% off) but both the bus which brought us to the delta and the bikes were good quality and the guide spoke excellent English. The tour is really beautiful, you see things you would otherwise not see, by going through the narrow paths along the small channels in the delta. The other parts of the tour like the - excellent! - Elephant ear fish lunch, boat trip and coconut candy factory are like in the standard one-day-tour by boat but the biking really makes all the difference. It is not too strenuous as the delta is flat. The guide spoke very good English and helped professionally when my son got a scratch (desinfectant, plaster).
Very much recommended - like biking in Vietnam in general! -, a real highlight. Don't forget: the guide expects a tip at the end, like everywhere in Vietnam, and this one - our great Mr Tiger - really deserved it!

Visited February 2013
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Biketours, Manager at Vietnam Bike Tours, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear valued guest,
Thank you bringing the price up as we would want to explain that we are trying to provide the best service we can. We can arrange budget tour but we always put safety as our number one concern since we wouldn’t know what will happen if we provide cheap quality of facilities and equipment. Our guests entrusted their lives to us, so safety is always on top of our priority. We are glad you are happy with our service though because for us it is unacceptable if our guests are not happy, we will always try to do our best. Tips are not necessary but our guides would be very happy and would brag your kindness to other tour guides if you give, so please be assured we don’t demand. Again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back to explore new areas with us.

Huy,
Bike Tours Manager
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“Amazing Day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

We spent the day cycling around the outskirts of Saigon and it was the most enjoyable day I spent during my weeks stay in Saigon. From the booking, organisation, food & drink, everything was so well organised. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get out of the city for the day. You dont need to be a cyclist but be moderatly fit. Next time I'm in HCM city, I will do this tour again.

Visited February 2013
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Biketours, Manager at Vietnam Bike Tours, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear valued guest,
Thank you for highly recommending us. It is such an honor for us to be appreciated with all our effort to please our guests. We have opened new areas to explore which are more exciting and with historical value and nice scenery for you to explore during your next visit here. It would be lovely if you can explore these areas with us. Again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Huy
Bike Tours Manager
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