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The trip was exceptional; really well organised. The
guide who took us to the homestays was hilarious.
He had a very strong knowledge of the history, culture and area
we were trekking through. The homestays were a real highlight
of our journey, and the views were spectacular. I would
love doing something like this again with you guys.
JAMIE BRINDLEY, AUSTRALIA
Sightseeing in Vietnam:
(Opposite; top) Catch
me if you can!
(Opposite; bottom)
Caverns and kayaks
– Halong Bay delights
(This page, clockwise
from top left) On the
road; Halong Bay
heaven; Light up your
life; Lending a helping
hand to a local farmer;
refueling the cycling
engines
there weren’t hills to deal with, and there WHERE DID YOU HEAD FROM HANOI?
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were plenty of breaks, so I didn’t fi nd it We travelled east to Halong Bay in the Gulf
too diffi cult. We had a 16-seat support van of Tonkin. I can’t say enough about the place.
that went out ahead of us to meet us upon It’s breathtaking… absolutely marvellous. It’s
arrival, as well as a small van that followed a World Heritage site for a reason.
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behind us.
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A GOOD PLACE FOR A DIP?
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HOW MANY DAYS IN TOTAL DID YOU Yes, it was beautiful to swim in, though I “GET ON YOUR BIKE AND RIDE!” There are
CYCLE? AND WHICH DAY WAS YOUR spent too much time worrying about snakes! numerous Vietnam trips running throughout the
FAVOURITE? The water is so much saltier than I’m used to fall and winter. Most activities and entrance fees
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through the hill tribe regions. The most SO WHAT FILLED YOUR DAYS THERE?
thrilling day on bikes defi nitely had to be our I did a lot of kayaking. The environment ACTION VIETNAM
third. Although we only covered 25km, most and landscapes there are truly amazing. All HANOI – HANOI
of it was uphill. One lady decided to take a I can say is that it was a privilege to visit. 11 DAYS
break and catch a ride in the van. I was the We spent our nights on a traditional junk, £600 / €900 / AU$1530 / NZ$1770 /
only one to make it to the top on the bike and which was brilliant – air conditioning and US$1170 / CAD$1260 / ZAR10,200
was subsequently named ‘Action Man’ by all. I’d have to give it a 10 out of 10. In the You don’t have to be an adrenalin
my fellow travellers. What can I say? It was a evenings we’d sit on deck, sing along to junkie to enjoy this trip – a reasonable
great feeling. I was proud. some music and drink cold beer. level of fi tness is enough. Cycle
through northern Vietnam, kayak
HOW DID YOU ENJOY YOUR CONSIDERING YOU WERE DUBBED through Halong Bay and trek through
INTERACTIONS WITH LOCALS WHILE ‘ACTION MAN’, YOU OBVIOUSLY hilltribes.
RIDING AND TREKKING? SURVIVED THE PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF
They were thrilling experiences and I shall THIS TOUR, BUT DID YOU STRUGGLE
always cherish them. WITH ANY CULTURE SHOCK?
CYCLE VIETNAM
No, but some of the people on my tour did
HANOI - HO CHI MINH
I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAD AN suffer slightly from it during our homestays
16 DAYS
AFTERNOON OFF TO WANDER IN with the hill tribes. It’s not always easy to
£855/ €1285 / AU$2185 / NZ$2525 /
HANOI AFTER YOU RETURNED FROM get used to the way other cultures live. That’s
US$1710 / CAD$1970 / ZAR14,535
THE CYCLING/TREKKING LEG OF YOUR why travelling to foreign locales requires
See Vietnam as the Vietnamese, with a
JOURNEY. WHAT DID YOU GET UP TO? both physical and mental strength.
combination of vehicle, train and bicyle
I went for a walk to Hanoi’s famous lake and
taking you from the main cities through
was lucky to spot the legendary tortoise. I I CAN’T IMAGINE YOU’RE GOING TO
villages, seeing the top attractions,
also squeezed in a fabulous ice cream and STAY PUT LONG? WHERE TO NEXT?
enjoying spectacular scenery and
managed to visit some of the colourful I’d like to go everywhere, but I have a feeling
meeting the locals.
markets. my next Kumuka trip may be to Africa.
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