Tony’s thoughts on the whole affair:
This is an authentic trip around the Mekong Delta. The sort of trip that is pretty hard to find these days. The route was along narrow tracks beside rivers and canals through the real Mekong. The kids we encountered were very excited as we passed by & the locals in general laughed & waved. I think they thought we were crazy! I suspect that they have not seen mad cyclists since the group rode through a year ago!
There are something like 8 million tourists that go to Viet Nam each year. The whole time we were on the ride we did not see another tourist/foreigner. That is something!
David is a great host who really looks after you and his support staff ensure the beers are on ice when the ride is finished after a long hot day in the saddle. Fantastic!
Special mention to the support staff of Phong, Lee and Hew? who were very friendly, efficient and provided excellent service after a day riding.
All in all a great ride & highly recommended.
You and Phong make a great team, the banter between you both makes for easy going tour guides who I felt I could approach with any problems I might have had. Thanks for the trip and Deb and I both enjoyed it.
I was told the tour was well organised and there had been no problems on previously trips, and these expectation were met. Thank-you David and Phong for looking after us and everything else. It made our days easy only having to concentrate on cycling and dodging motor cycles.
The best way to see a country is by bicycle and Painted Roads’ tour of the Mekong Delta demonstrates this point in spades. We saw, smelled, tasted and experienced things in this amazing country that you could not otherwise experience except on a guided cycling trip, conducted by organisers who know the intricacies of the land. This trip takes you to places you would otherwise be totally unaware of. It is all about experiencing the Viet Nam that is off the beaten tourist track and what a hugely rewarding experience that turns out to be.