Neither my girlfriend or I had ever ridden a motorbike. Trung took my girlfriend as his passenger and gave me a lesson covering the basics of riding - very clear and helpful. Made me feel a lot more confident about the day ahead. This is where it just turned great...
We were (un)lucky enough to have booked our trip right on the day that a surprise typhoon hit the coast of Vietnam stretching beyond Hoi An to Hue. Trung provided us with waterproof clothing, but I already wearing a jacket that I had purchased earlier in the trip that was advertised as 'waterproof' declined his offer of a poncho. So it turns out that my jacket wasn't waterproof and about 5 minutes into our ride literally every layer of my clothing was soaked.
TRUNG TOOK OFF ONE OF HIS DRY LAYERS OF CLOTHING AND GAVE IT TO ME TO WEAR SO THAT I WOULDN'T BE COLD. I mean, seriously, how nice can you get?! Cảm ơn Trung :)
The typhoon escalated and it was going to be too dangerous for inexperienced riders to ride motorbikes up the side of a mountain, so he organised to hire a car so that we could continue the tour safely. He showed us some amazing monuments, the Dragon Bridge and around different parts of Hue and Da Nang, then back to Hoi An. Over lunch he taught us a lot more about Vietnamese culture and the American/Vietnam War, plus different areas that the Americans used as their bases.
When we returned back to Hoi An, we did not have enough cash to pay him as well as pay for the car that he hired. We offered to go to the ATM with him to get more and he said that "as long as you are happy with the tour, then I am happy. Because of the rain we had to hire a car, but if you are happy with the tour then I don't mind about paying for the car" and that was it. Long story short, Trung is so nice that he wouldn't let us go to an ATM to give him more money - he only cared that we were happy with the tour.
Words aren't going to give you a good idea of how fun this tour is or how knowledgable and generous Trung is. Just book the tour, you won't regret it.
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