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  • Reviewed April 2018
    Pauline Cornthwaite

    The Hilltribes of Vietnam

    For my husband and I this was our first venture into SE Asia. The appeal was to be among the first group to cycle this tour at a Catagory 5 'challenging' level. We are active retirees and enjoy the unobtrusive nature of cycling as a means to learn about new places. We chose to fly to Vietnam three days earlier to recover from jet lag and get a flavour of this country. There was immediate impact on reaching Hanoi. The sheer numbers of people travelling on thousands of scooters intermingled with regular road traffic in a cacophony of noise. I had read that there were no road rules and that certainly seems true, however in three weeks I only witnessed two toppling bicycles possibly due to their heavy loads. We moved to the tour hotel after three days and met our group leader Long Le, his trainee Lok and 9 other riders. Next day we were supplied with our hybrid bikes and adjusted them to fit before an easy cycle around Lake Hoi Tay. The following day we left Hanoi and headed to the mountains. For the next 10 consecutive days we cycled, moving on each night in a variety of accommodation described as 'basic' hotels with one home stay (my favourite) which was owned by an ex serviceman of the Vietcong. This lovely gentleman was kind enough to tell us a little about the second Indochina war and his role in it. He gave us an unique audible window into the past from his experiences. He told us that very many men and women never returned home, his parents didn't expected to see him again and there was no way to keep in touch. He didn't return to the farm for 10 years. I was humbled and in awe of him. In all the places we stayed we always had hot water, showers and clean beds. The meals, eaten locally, were often variations on the same and some were better than others, but these were non tourist areas and we ate what was available. Wherever we went, people particularly children, not used to seeing groups of cyclists or visitors at all, would call out cheering us and waving. In the north, close to the border with China, we were woken up at 6 am to loud propaganda broadcasts, then another loudspeaker playing pop music (we guessed to drown out the propaganda)! Cycling away to peaceful countryside from towns was always welcome. The rice paddy fields and tea plantations are picturesque with workers, often carrying babies on their backs and always waving saying 'Hello.' The cycling became progressively harder with gradients in excess of 10% for 18 and 19 km and roads often broken, leaving large rubble to cycle over. Some of these rides were absolutely brutal and fellow cyclists, having done Tour de France routes told us these were much harder! This was cause for debate at the end to determine whether to upgrade the 'Challenge' level to 6 in future. On the upside views, when not misty, were spectacular and descents very welcome. My only disappointments were in an absence of any wildlife and our group leader told me that everything gets eaten in Vietnam. One unfortunate Weasle was skinned and cooked when we stopped for snacks on a ride through remote Hoang Su Phi. Wild birds are very few but when seen are stunning with delightful songs. Unfortunately most are heard from cages. Litter too is everywhere unfortunately. On the overnight stay in Hanoi however, there are small boats out collecting floating litter with nets.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Vietnamese people were welcoming, happy and friendly. They display a calm tolerance to the noise and business of city life and are openly affectionate and caring with their children. Whole families seem to share in the care of youngsters, who are delightful, as they go about everyday trade on the streets. A visit to a women's refuge for victims of trafficking. Mrs Mai showed us her textile workshop and demonstrated tools and equipment used for printing art work. Her shop gave us a variety of beautiful items to purchase. Trio get Xuan resort. Holiday cabins lakeside. Exhilarating views after torturous climbs. Halong Bay.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Long Le was excellent as group leader with superb linguistic skills. He was informative, decisive and humerous. Looking after us collectively and individually he was most attentive. Always keen to make us as comfortable and well fed, ready and willing to answer any questions. His authority with the staff accompanying us, with restaurant/cafe staff and hoteliers was sound, smoothing the way for us wherever we went.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Best not to be squeamish on this tour. Meat products form a large part of the Viet diet and places where animals are killed aren't sound proof. Personally, I tend to visit new countries without preconceptions and just absorb it as it comes. I'm very glad I went there, I keep a journal which helps me enjoy the experience more. Photos serve as memories to paint in watercolour when home. The cycling was the hardest I've ever done but now home, I find the Warwickshire hills much easier! That's got to be worth it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I enjoyed the whole experience as I like to learn the truth as seen and experienced. I've already booked our next excursion with Exodus.
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