Most Inspirational Moment
Cycling up the mountain pass from Hue.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Son was excellent. He was competent, friendly, cheerful, and effective at managing the group. Everything was well organised, and he gave us relevant information throughout. The only room for improvement is that he could have told us more: he could have introduced us to some basic Vietnamese vocabulary (hello, goodbye, please, thank you, key words for food and drink), and he could have given us more information about the architecture and history of places like Da Lat. and Hoi An. The information given was basic, and when one pressed for more details, little was forthcoming.
Advice for Potential Travellers
The trip is packed with activities (and not just cycling), and with the exception of the off days in Hoi An and Whale Island, you are always on the move. That's fine if you want to make the most out of a two-week trip to Vietnam, but it can be a little tiring. Also, while many meals (dinners) are not included, in fact group meals are planned for most of them (though they are optional), and you have to pay for them. This is fine: the food was good, the prices were reasonable, and it was very convenient. Finally, virtually everything is done as a group, so your enjoyment of the experience will depend somewhat on the group dynamics (ours were fine).
It would have been nice to have been given a map of Vietnam to take with us. Please find a different coffee stop on the way to Halong Bay--the place we stopped felt like an exploitative tourist trap.