I have been on vacation in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Vietnam and Laos) for the past few weeks, and was able to do a one day motorcycle tour with Hoi An Motorbike Adventures. I'll go ahead and put in a plug for them, they do a great job... everything from half day to week-long tours. If you are ever in Vietnam... check them out.
Hoi An Motorbike Adventures | Motorbike Tours Vietnam
As we only had one day and the wife isn't a rider, we chose the Mountain & Delta Explorer trip... relatively easy, but still off the beaten path. We started the day at their garage, met the guide, mechanic, and others on the tour and got acquainted with the bikes... old Russian Minsk's... 125cc 2-stroke! These were the Guide and Mechanic's bikes:
This was my scoot for the day... I dubbed him "Comrade Minsky" and boy did he have one hell of a personality! It took me a bit to get used to his quirks, but after that... we had a blast.
The first stop was at a war memorial... very interesting to see the Vietnamese perspective on the war.
This is our mechanic, Ben, relaxing at the first stop... notice the ANSI approved safety shoes!
The next stop was on a bridge over the Mekong River... that's one of the great things about Vietnam... stop wherever the hell you want to!
After a stop for morning tea, we really started to get off the beaten path through rice paddys and really beautiful countryside
The next stop was at a US Base from the war... the only thing left was the crumbling airstrip... we also put on our rain gear here... started to rain off an on a bit.
We stopped for lunch of noodles and peanut cake at a little roadside cafe... these are EVERYWHERE in Vietnam, and have fantastic food. Most of them out in the countryside also serve as fuel stations too. The fuel pump is under the umbrella... old style!
We crossed a river on a ferry
and a few rickety concrete and floating bridges
This wonderful Vietnamese woman comes out and greets every tour that Deano brings through... This is my wife, Deano, our guide, and said woman... no idea what her name is.
Another few hours and we were back at the shop... they had begun decorating for the holidays. We had a few beers with the crew, then headed off for the evening.
All in all a fantastic experience. Vietnam is a beautiful country and the people are some of the friendliest in the world. I am defientely going to try to get back to do one of the multi-day tours... who is going with me?