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This was a very small group with a fantastic guide and driver. It is possible to do this tour and not have to participate in the bike ride. Instead I wandered around the small town and explored the back streets and alleys however my travel partner really enjoyed the bike ride and believes it was a highlight. There are quite a few tourists riding on the small boats on the river but this did not impact on our enjoyment. Just be prepared for the hard sell for souvenirs and demands for extra money by the person piloting the little boat and stick to your plan (either buy and pay up because it is worth it or politely refuse). Our guide was very helpful with advice in managing these demands. Consider it all part of the fun of travelling. This is a beautiful part of Vietnam.
We had a day of rain, but it only added to the experience that is Vietnam. We loved the cycle as we got the chance to see the rural side of Vietnam, great to get out of the busy city.
Excellent... exactly as advertised, a bit hot (but expected this time of year), plenty of stops if/when needed, definitely got to "see" another side of Hanoi. Highly recommend a bike tour!
Loved the experience of our day tour into the countryside. Saw a good slice of varied picturesque sights which we would not have had the opportunity to see otherwise. The bike ride was fantastic through back streets of small villages, beside rice paddies and Sandstone casts.
Wonderful experience. We wished it would have lasted longer. The countryside was incredibly beautiful. The guide was fluent in English and explained as we cycled. The boating trip was more than we thought it would be. This excursion exceeded our expectations.
This was one of the best tours we took. We had a great guide who took us biking on a beautiful area and then we took a nice trip on a row boat. Amazing experience and great photo opportunities.
picked up on time in a comfortable van; didn't realize that Hoa Lu was 2 1/2 hours from the Old Quarter in Hanoi. Ride was somewhat enjoyable watching the passing scenery. The first part of the tour was thru a few ancient temples. This was followed by a few hours of biking thru the countryside, and finally a barge ride thru a gorge as well as thru some underground river passages.
The temples were interesting. The barge ride was a bit long and a bit touristy. The bike ride was fantastic. Two+ hours of riding thru villages on small lanes with local people living their daily lives; and thru rice paddies with the planting season in full swing - plowing with some mechanization, but also occasionally with a wooden plow and Oxen; planting the rice seedlings by hand. We saw many other bicycles- locals transporting food to market or back to home. We also saw a half dozen motorbikes; but not once a car or truck. This was one of the most rewarding few hours of touring I've ever done. I'd recommend less barging and more biking ! The tour is highly recommended just for the biking portion.
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We had a relatively small group of only 6 people on the day we went on this trip. The pickup was prompt, and the guide was friendly and informative. The cycling part of the tour lasted around an hour, which was more about getting from point A to point B. However, I made several stops along the way, at my own convenience, to take in the beauty of the surroundings, and then just had to catch up with the rest. Do it at your own pace, or else it would be a waste. The landscape around was simply pretty. At Tam Coc, the boat trip was quite a long one too (or we probably got a slow oarsman). They try to sell you their handicrafts (embroidered napkins) or beverages on the boat, but thats at your discretion. There are 2 bridges, followed by 3 caves to pass, and then you return back the same way. If you get a slow oarsman, ask him/her to return after the first cave, which is impressive enough. If you are up for the long drift, then just sit back and enjoy this wonderful tour.
This is a great tour if you only have one day to get away from Hanoi. I enjoyed visiting the temple in Hoa Lu and the boat ride was beautiful.
I had booked the tour hoping that I would be bicycling more in the country. You only get one hour of cycling. But all in all, I had a lovely time.
Very nice...but the cycling rout was not very scenic. The boat ride was lovely. The lunch served was terrible. i only ate a couple of bananas.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour-- seeing Halong Bay on land! I ended up being the only one on the tour so I had my own personal driver and tour guide for the day! The guide was very informative! the scenery were all beautiful! The story behind the two temples was fascinating! The buffet lunch was sumptuous! The highlight was the boat ride along Tam Coc and it was so fascinating to see how the locals maneuver the river using their FEET! Do not be put off by attempts to sell you things whilst you are on the boat ride including taking your photo ...just say no and enjoy the ride and savour the beautiful scenery including passing through three caves!!!
A good day out, the guide was very friendly and helpful and the scenery was beautiful. The bikes do not have brakes and there are no safety helmets so if you are safety conscious - bring your own! The boat is wonderful, so peaceful and gorgeous scenery but be prepared to be trapped in a boat by a flotilla of floating salespeople who convince you to buy drinks and food for your guide and also some embroidery before you are allowed to go back. A great tour, but I would have preferred to pay a little extra to avoid the hard sales pitch or be forewarned about it.
The boat trip was nice and relaxing, and the scenary was great. Just remember to bring a hat and sunscreen on a hot day - we all got burnt during the 2 hour boat trip.
The bike tour however could have been done better. Whilst we had some very nice scenaries during the trip, there was rarely an opportunity to stop and take photos. You'd think that a "leisurely ride" would allow you to take photos.