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Great way to escape the tourist areas and go on a bike ride to see some local surroundings. The guide was great and informative.
Be prepared to ride through some traffic and offroad terrain.
It was an amazing bike ride experience in the city of Hanoi and its outskirts. Friends and I got an exclusive tour since there were no one else. The excellent tour guide took us outside of the city to see an more in depth Hanoi area that is not normally seen. Very informative, but be prepared to ride through crowded streets to rough back roads.
Great tour, our guide San was personable, shared many interesting insights along the way, and spoke very good English. All of the stops highlighted the local people and economy, it was not a sales pitch. Biking in the traffic at the start and end was very fun, within 10 minutes ride you are in the country side.
This was a great experience for my husband and me. Our tour guide's name was Lucky, and he was great. Very knowledgeable, kind, and passionate about his culture. I thought getting the chance to navigate what I consider to be crazy traffic was fun. We also got to see a bit of Hanoi that isn't typically accessible to tourists if you just stay around the main tourist areas.
We saw Bonsai trees and where the local people keep them. We also saw a temple and were lucky that there was a ceremony taking place, which enhanced the experience. We also went to a local artist's house/ gallery, which was very interesting. We then drove through the agricultural area and got to see a lot of the crops and some locals farming, which was cool. We visited a ceramics company and had a beer to end the tour. For my husband and I, this was a highlight for us. The tour was very authentic and didn't feel too manufactured.
I might advise using a face cover, as you're driving through a lot of different areas and inhaling all kinds of stuff, so this might help with breathing. Also it is a quite long ride and not necessarily always on sidewalks/ streets or the most solid ground, so be prepared for that. For us, this was a bonus, but we are comfortable on bikes.
Loved this tour. So nice to ride out of Hanoi and experince a more gentle side. Easy riding away from the crazy Hanoi traffic. Great guides who took us to places not normally frequented by mainstream tourists. A visit to a famous artist's home was a hightlight. Highly recommend this tour.
Emma was fantastic! Very professional, informative and her english was perfect! We seemed to get off the actual described itinerary but that was ok and she did a great job explaining various facts about Hanoi and the 'countryside' we saw. The bike seats should be upgraded hardcore ten speed type and there should be a warning that you will be riding around in the craziness that is Hanoi motorbike/car/pedestrian traffic.
We had an excellent tour with our very knowledgable guide. My husband dreads large group activities but this was small, only 4 people, and consequently we felt we had a personal tour of the rural aspects of Hanoi city. Cycling through a maze of gardens and back streets you would never dare go on your own was a wonderful experience and I would go again tomorrow with pleasure !
It was great to discover the nature and the places where ordinary vietnamese live in out of hectic places of downtown. I could feel so free while I was riding a bike. Plus, the tour guide was so kind, told many interesting stories of Hanoi and lead the safe bike tour. You could see, feel, and experience which you will hardly discover alone traveling.
Excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. And he is so active explain everthing. Fluent and clear English! Highly recommended
Awesome tour. Even though it was just my husband and I who had booked, the tour still went ahead so it became a private tour.
We were so impressed by the whole tour, from being able to buy in the local market places at market price, to the knowledge of the guide and amazing beef pho for lunch.
Although I was the only person on this tour, no short cuts were taken. We visited all the place as per the program for the day. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of useful information. He went the extra mile to make it an unforgettable day and experience.
Our guide Thanh made the tour a wonderful experience. He gave us great history and information of each location without over loading us. His Enhlosh was easy to understand. We enjoyed the tour of Bat Trang and watching how pottery was bothe hand shaped Asa well as poured. There was no high pressure to make a purchase. The temple and Do Ky area wer quite enjoyable as well. A good day!
Great afternoon despite the weather
Wonderful and fun way to see how others live
I was the only person on the tour, so I had the guide to myself. Quang's English was excellent and his local knowledge outstanding. There was also plenty of time for browsing the shops and lots of photo opportunities. A wonderful experience and insight into the real Vietnam.
My husband and I were the only people on this tour, which we took on a Sunday. Our guide Tang was great and gave a lot of historical background at each stop. Watching the ceramics being made was interesting but we were disappointed that there was no silk production to view. The temple dedicated to a famous emperor and the community house were interesting. The places we stopped were not really villages any more. They felt like outer suburbs of Hanoi.
A great day out, informative English speaking guide with plenty to see and do.
Craige P Australia
While the trip to the ceramics village was quite interesting, we weren't given the opportunity to explore and shop for ceramics. Some of the other places on the tour were not really interesting. Much of the time was spent travelling to places rather than seeing places of interest.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, and we saw many things that we would have not seen on our own. The only down side was being taken to a shop in the village of Bat Trang where the prices of ceramics were outrageous and then seeing the exact same things at the airport for 75% less. Not fun to be ripped off on a tour.
Overall the tour was good. The guide arrived on time and so did the bus. My only complain is about the restaurant. It is ok to experience a local restaurant but this was too low. The bathroom, you could not even wash your hands in, it was sooo disgusting. Also, we had too much time on our hands. Looked like we were dragging time.
The guide's English was good and he tried his best.
Paprika Hong Kong
Tour comprise of Lacquer Painting, Ceramic Village and Silk Village Tour with lunch inclusive. Charged 106US$. We went on a 46 degree celsius humid day. Lacquer painting visit was interesting, process and explanation was fine. Ceramic Village was chaos. Arrived at noon to find out that the original schedule factory was CLOSED due to family anniversary. Guide then said there are others to look in same village so we follow her to walk. We walk, walk and walk under 46 heat and I nearly got heat stroke. We were not inform how long we have to walk to the next factory. In the end, took us 15 minutes+ to arrive and I can hardly breathe when you have sweat like running showers for so long. Pretty disappointing to find out that all moulds are by machinery now, only hand craft we can see is add on paint works. After visit and shop at market, we were brought to a local style home restaurant which smell of FAECES. Is so unbearable that we have to leave and head back to city for lunch. We were expected to head to a small decent restaurant where we can have Pho etc. BUT we were taken to FOOD COURT where your shoes stick to greasy floor and smell of grease... Afternoon we head to silk factory but NO ONE was there because of their lunch hours. Again, all by machine now so we can only see different machines with different patterns and NO hand craft business whatsoever. the village is basically shops and NOTHING to see.
So conclusion is IF you are looking for genuine local hand make art and craft procedures review, sorry, this is NOT for you. If you are looking for shopping only, yes, there are plenty of shops to shop till you drop.
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