I enjoy bike riding so when my family and I went to Hoi An, Vietnam for our spring break I planned a biking tour with Phat Tire. The "Journey to the Past" tour seemed like the best choice as it was around five hours maybe 25km with three breaks at different villages. Our guide Ting-ting gave us enough interesting information about Vietnamsese culture and life that my 13 year old was paying attention the entire time. Our breaks were at a family owned pottery workshop where we made a few clay pots, a family run farm were we learned about Vietnamese farming techniques and cooked some really fresh lunch after sampling fresh garden herbs. The last stop was at a lantern making factory where we learned how to make the colorful lanterns that you see hanging around Hoi An. Even though everyone in the group was told we used too much glue, we all rode away with a great keepsake lantern. The actual riding paths were pancake-flat and easy to ride for my 15 year old who isn't good at riding. We all agreed that the scenery was better than the postcards. The biggest challenge was riding through town because the traffic was crazy, I wouldn't recomend this trip if your kids were younger than 11. It would have been nice if the bikes were ready when we were there, as we arranged this trip two weeks in advance and paid US $50 per person. Overall it was a good trip which showed Vietnamese culture and everyone in my family agreed they would do it again.
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