ACCOMMODATION FOOD AND DRINKS
MOTOTOUS ASIA is proud of their country’s rich traditional cultures and of its fifty four ethnic minority groups. In light of this, your adventure will not only be a tour, but will be filled with discovery and a study of the local peoples you will come across. You will have the opportunity to stay with a number of different ethnic minority families. This will be a gathering point for sharing the happiness and the sorrows of life over a cup of tea or a couple of shots of rice wine. Your hosts will surprise you and you will be delighted with the amount of laughter.
MOTOTOUS ASIA has agreements with local families to provide clean and modest essentials which conform with “western standards”, including bathrooms with soap and water and, in the communal bedrooms, sheets, blankets and mosquito nets. All food will be provided by the families when possible and we can guarantee that all the produce used will be clean and fresh. This is where Vietnam’s reputation for its delicate and diverse cuisine originates. From village to village there is uniqueness in their gastronomy, providing some simple dishes for the less adventurous gourmet to harder things to stomach for the more adventurous type.
While on the road for long periods, some tour members may desire more “refined” comforts. If you prefer this option we can arrange to stay in hotels. Not all towns we come across have luxurious accommodation, however we will be able to accommodate you in the best hotel wherever we are. This is also a good opportunity to escape the “chuk suk khoe” nights of drinking rice wine, which you will very shortly find out about! If you decide to stay in higher standard accommodation, this will increase the cost (around 50 to 100 US dollars a night for a 4 to 5-star hotel).
Everything is flexible depending on what you desire. Whoever your guide is, talk to him and he will do his best to meet your requests.
While enjoying the sights and sounds of a night party with your host families, you will enjoy local specialities which cannot be found anywhere else in the world except where you are at the time. For those who love to experience new cuisine and an opportunity to learn new recipes, you can easily visit the kitchen and see how all the tasty goodies are cooked up. The guide will be able to act as a translator but to master the magic touch will be completely up to you. Food will always be plentiful and above your expectations, never leaving you hungry.
If you should prefer a meal in a restaurant, your guide’s advice will be at your disposal and all items on the menu will be translated so you will know what youâ€™re eating. We also advise that if you do not want monosodium glutamate (MSG) in your food, please request so before every meal.
Our prices do not include drinks, but Vietnamese rice wine and green tea will usually flow in unlimited quantities, especially in rural areas where the locals will appreciate drinking with you. For this you have to learn to say NO very quickly. One of our few rules, for safety reasons, is that you do not drink beer or rice wine at breakfast or lunch but only once the day’s riding is over.
There have been controversial discussions about whether should drinks included or excluded, we decided up to the majority and apply this policy to all of our tours (after many years of experience)
Rice wine:Â In Viet Nam, expensive scotch, imported whisky, French wine and even Russian vodka may be gaining popularity among urbane tipplers, but most Vietnamese men still prefer local liquor commonly known as ruou(rice wine).
The local liquor, traditional tonic or medicinal wine can be a concoction of awk rice, corn, herbs, cassava or fruit, and even animals like snakes, geckos, sea-horses, goats or crows.
Despite the low price, the local liquors are often nothing to turn your nose up at either. Foreigners served a local home brew liquor called quoc lui (country spirit) are often surprised at the high quality.
For beginners, Vietnamese liquor can be broken into three general categories: quoc lui of the Hong (Red) River Delta; ruou can in the Northwest and Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) and ruou de (rice wine) in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta.
Green Tea:Â Green tea has been part of the traditional Asian diet for centuries. Asian peoples have long believed that drinking green tea daily is the key to a long and healthy life. Now it’s a proven scientific fact: green tea’s natural active ingredients enhance human health, increase longevity, and aid in WEIGHT LOSS.
Green Tea is the healthiest way to loose weight by enhanced caloric burn, increased metabolism, and oxidizing visceral fat.
Both green and black teas come from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The differences begin in how they are processed. Black tea is processed through fermentation, which is what turns the leaf dark in color and creates the strong flavor. Unfortunately, all this processing breaks down the natural properties of the leaf, stripping it of its main health benefits. Green tea leaves, however, are the least processed of all the teas. The leaves are steamed, rolled, and naturally dried, preserving its natural green color and all of the natural antioxidants contained in the leaf.