I had to do a lot of research to make the journey from Hoi An to Hue on a motorbike. There seems to be an Easy Riders in most cities. I was not impressed with the one in Hoi An. They wanted a deposit and contract and I couldn't help but think that this was a way of making sure I didn't have a chance to check the prices out and was about to be ripped off.
I read the reviews of Hue riders on TA and was impressed. I called their office and was told that one of their riders was bringing someone down the day before I intended to leave and it would be fine to take me back the next day.
It was then, that I met Nho. He came to the hotel and we settled on a price and time and he was at the hotel at 9.am sharp the following morning. The trip took about 8 hours with lots of stops on the way. The Hai Van pass was amazing as was the lunch we had at the small fishing village in the lagoon area at the other end of the pass. We stopped at waterfalls where the locals go to bathe, explored the farming and fishing communities. Enjoyed one of those wonderful Vietnamese iced coffees near the top of the pass. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and one of the highlights of my stay in Vietnam.
I would like to add that Nho, my guide was like a window into the life of Vietnamese people. His English was good and he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of life. Not only did I gain insights about the history and geography of the landscape we drove through but also learnt so much about him and his family and their experiences during the war. He can tell you about anything you might be interested in. We're not just talking about the fun of a motorbike ride, here, but also an opportunity to see into the lives of people through their own personal experience. The price was $45 but I left him a generous tip and arranged to do the Hue city tour as well with him the following day which was also great and I drove my own scooter on this shorter trip.
Don't miss out on this opportunity if you are looking for a motorbike tour of Hue or a transfer between Hoi An and Hue or vice versa. I promised to return one day with more time to do the DMZ and Ho Chi Minh trails!! And I will!
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