How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Ho Chi Hung was the ideal leader: focussed throughout and always thinking ahead, he was always open and honest. Talking about the history of Vietnam he tried to give an unbiased account and he gave us the background to each place we visited. He was friendly without being familiar and it was always clear that he was in charge. We felt that he could handle anything that was thrown at him.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Try to book your own flights. The return travel was awful. From the time we got up in the morning to the time we arrived back home, we had been up for 37 hours and it took me a week to recover.
Do you have anything else to add?
I have cycled all over the world on my own. I am glad, however, that I joined a group to cycle Vietnam as it is a country with its own problems for cyclists, particularly accommodation. I was a bit concerned at the density and the wildness of the mopeds on the roads. I do think that we were lucky not to have an accident although we had a few near misses.