Mr GELUARDI Michael – From U.S.A.

Mr GELUARDI Michael (Solo trip, August 3rd – August 12th, Big North loop of Vietnam, Motorbiking)

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From: Michael GeluardiMr GELUARDI Michael
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 11:16 AM
Subject: Em Tuan…

Em Tuan,

Here’s what I wrote to Lonely Planet. Good luck…

I just wanted to report a great experience with a motobike tour operator in N. Vietnam: Voyage Vietnam (, a company that is not yet in your guidebook. I just completed an 11 day minsk tour with a guide (Mr. Dat) that was one of the best international experiences I have ever had in a very special country. Voyage Vietnam is unique and exceptional in that it is a truly vietnamese company with the experience, vision and expertise to open doors into the heart of Vietnam. They have many years of experience with Hanoi’s longer running foreign motorbike tour operators (Freewheelin Tours especially) but are homegrown Vietnamese guys therefore combining real professionalism with local savoir faire. The head man, Mr. Tuan, impressed me from day one with his professionalism, description of the experience he wanted to deliver, and committment to the future of his company and my guide (Mr. Dat) lived up to Mr. Tuan’s word from day 1. My guide knew the backroads and local customs and did an outstanding job of interpreting my experience from explaining things as we went, answering my questions, and acting as a translator if I wanted to talk to local people. The homestays that VV has set up are wonderful.

The tours are real adventures with the minsk bikes on wayback roads in challenging dirt, mud, and rocky conditions that will test your riding skills, test you patience, and require you to take responsibility for your own risks along the way. Depending on what you ask for, these tours will put you on the edge where a lapse of concentration or judgement could be disaster so some of their tours are only for the true adventurer who is comfortable on a motorbike and familiar with careful risk-taking. But if that describes you, you are interested in intimately experiencing Vietnam, and willing to not check your brain at the door, these are your guys!!! If you want to stick to paved roads, they can still deliver a super-authentic vietnamese experience with somewhat less challenge.

For the sake a group of great Vietnamese guys with a unique and special new company, I give them my strongest recommendation, hope you’ll check them out yourselves, and put them in future additions of your Vietnam guidebook. Please feel free to contact me if wish at I am in Berkeley, CA and have some great photos to go along with my recommendation if your Oakland office wants to get in touch…

-Mike Geluardi, Berkeley CA, USA

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