Although there is not a huge amount of physical activity on this trip the heat and humidity makes the walking and cycling moderately challenging. Unless you are a regular cyclist, cycling in Vietnam can be daunting: there is no such thing as a quiet road, even on narrow paths and bridges you will encounter motobikes, scooters, tuk tuks and other various improvised means of transport. Whilst this adds to the enchantment of vietnamese roads, the levels of polution, even in the countryside are high, the constant sound of blaring horns deafening; drivers do not give way they just sound their horn and keep going. Most of the cycling was during the hotest part of the day so take the advice of the tour leader and have frequent stops for water and go at your own pace as it easy to think the ride is a race.
The trip notes definitely undersell the quality of the accommodation in the hotels and homestays. Having travelled to Cuba with Exodus where some of the hotels are adequate but basic all the hotels on this trip were far superior.
The advice in the trip notes to travel light is well founded and a backpack or holdall is all that is needed. A daypack is useful.
Eating rat, crocodile and water buffalo may sound awful but they are not that bad. Seriously though, the food was excellent throughout but vegetarians may struggle at times to find many dishes.