16-03-2020 CLIENTS WRITE ABOUT US
This is one of our dearest Client Talk abou us
"An old friend of mine and I just finished a Vietnam experience of a lifetime. Fully catered and guided by experienced cycling guide Tony. He knows all the back roads, the people and hidden villages to create a customised tour that suited our needs. From the first email contact till the last good bye dinner at his house he has pampered and surprised us and exceeded our wildest expectations every day.
He cycled with us and had a van follow us with our luggage, cooking supplies and spare bikes. Every day presented a different scenery and cycling experience. My mate brought his own bike while I used one of Tony's (from a large choice of Trek mountain and hybrid bikes). During a one off issue with my chain he turned into a skilled bike mechanic who could replace the chain and gears within 10 mins by the side of the road.
Every day after 1-2 hrs of riding we stopped and got treated to fresh fruit, Vietnamese coffee and tea as well as cockies. He was carefully managing our energy and motivation cycling through the breathtaking north Vietnamese mountain ranges.
Around lunchtime he would call the van to a nice spot where he would then set op his pop up kitchen and whip up a freshly cooked Vietnamese feast (every day!). After coffees we would continue the ride and if the roads were quiet and safe and picturesque enough we would cycle straight into the village or little town to our hotel - often 5star - which would be a great contrast to earthy fun mud cycling we had done throughout the day. By the way we would change bikes from hybrid to mountain bike if the road ahead was too "broken".
After a hot shower and fresh clothes we would go out for dinner with Tony and our driver to experience the local flavours amongst the locals. We actually did NOT meet any other tourists until the last day which was an overnight boat cruise in Halong Bay. I am sure mine was the captains cabin.
Tony has stopped at nothing to impress us with outstanding 5star service. We cycled altogether 1285km in 15 days and I must admit that I did not read or comprehend that from the itinerary beforehand. I am a casual bike rider. Not a serious lycra guy at all! But with Tony not only as our tour guide, chef and bike mechanic but also as personal trainer it was not a big deal. Fitness levels went through the roof by the end of the tour. I think Tony was a bit annoyed when I went ahead too far ahead of the leader :-)
As far as I heard he started his tour guide business in the nineties and has accumulated experience like no other company. He customises tours for every time and money budget, for any number of friends or family and specific as to what you want to see and experience - on a bike, on foot or motorbike or car. I could not recommend him more highly! He also has a sense of humour. But most importantly we got a sense that we could trust him with our lives in every respect. He also stopped us from buying the wrong fruit and veg that would definitely have made us sick. We had no stomach issues at all in15 days and not one cramp with all that strenuous cycling which I am still surprised about.