After arriving in Hue, Vietnam (september 6th, 2013), I met Mr. Hieu. He offers tours throughout all Vietnam, together with his friend Mr. Tai. Together they run huefreedomriders, which takes you on an unforgettable tour through Vietnam on a motorbike.
Together with a friend of my, we decided to take a 3-day trip as we were only traveling for 15 days in Vietnam. We paid a small amount of money in advance, and payed the remaining cost the first day we met.
We started with an half day city tour around Hue and visited the Thien Mu pagode, next to the perfume river. This is the oldest of the town and looks awesome, with Chinese style in it. Behind the pagode lies the Thich Quan Duc, which is recommended to visit. After that we visited the Tu Duc Tom which are the bunkers made by Americans during the Vietnam war. Although you cannot enter the bunkers, the view is magnificent along the river.
We started heading to Vinh Moc, which houses the tunnels which were made by the Vietcong in 1966. I entered the tunnels and was surprised how people have been able to live here, for almost 6 years. The tunnels are very narrow, and the compartments in which they lived terribly small. I even met a old man who was born in the tunnels during that time. Their are 13 entrances, some of them are accessible for tourists. The tunnels are mad3e in 3 different layers, 12, 15, 23 meters. The deeper you get the smaller the tunnels become. It gave me such a good experience and insight how people must have lived here, amazing!
After a long day walking around, driving through rain, and visiting a lot of interesting places, we headed to the hotel which Mr. Hieu did book before the tour was started. The hotel was facing the beach, Cua Tung, a very quite and nice place to recover from a long and interesting day. The people that run this hotel are kind, and the food they made was typical Vietnamese which tasted very nice.
The next day we went to Ho Chi Minh Trail. We went traveling to the mountains by motorbike which gave beautiful views of the surroundings. We stopped several times, taking pictures of the best highlights during the tour. There was even a waterfall where you are able to swim.
In the afternoon we stopped at a local restaurant and had typical Vietnamese food, tasted very good and for very less money. After the lunch we went to 2 small villages where minority group of people live. I was able to look how they live, actually entered several houses, and met some people and a lot of children. After about an hour, we headed to the hotel in Prao. A very quite village which offered a good meal.
Third day will include visiting a valley, and after that visiting Danang. Later Ha Van Pass is scheduled to be visited, which has a marvelous view of both the beach and jungle! The trip will then continue to China Beach, to relax and do some shopping. Mabu Village will be visited afterwards. and the tour will end with a visit to Hoi Ann.
When meeting Mr. Hieu for the first time, I was a little skeptic to go on the back of a motorcycle traveling to Vietnam. I never did this before and prefer to schedule my own visits.
But after meeting him and his companion, and getting to know what they offer and reading all reviews of persons that they have been offering these tours for the past 9 years, I was becoming more and more interested in doing this tour.
When reading through some reviews, both in a day book and on TripAdvisor, I decided to book this tour and go for the adventure!
I must say I don't regret a single second doing this. The trip was amazing. I came along, visited and saw places you will not see when doing a tour on your own of by regular tour company. Mr. Hieu took me to the most beautiful places in central Vietnam. We drove around Hue, Danang and Hoi An, seeing beaches, mountains, forests, jungle, pretty much every part of nature Vietnam has to offer.
I didn't ride on a motorbike myself, nor was I ever in my life on the back of one but I enjoyed every minute. During the entire trip, I felt comfortable and safe as Mr. Hieu drove nice and smoothly. He speaks good English, understand the questions that I had and knows a lot of the surroundings. All was prepared very well. During the rains hey had ponchos ready, taken care of everything.
If you visit Vietnam, you definitely have to take a look at www.huefreedomriders.com
and see for yourself. It is a life time experience that you will never forget! I'm so happy that I did this tour, an excellent way of getting to know Vietnam at its best!
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