Guide and Info

1. OUR TOUR GUIDES

 

The quality of the guide will surely affect your overall experience when embarking on your trip. Our guides made the experience what it was.

 

All our Easy Rider Tour guides are fully qualified and professional motorbike drivers. They speak good English, are from local villages, seemingly know everyone, and will probably find you before you find them. You will know the driver is legit when you are presented with a book, full of praise from other excited tourists.

 

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Mr.Hai is one of the first Easy Riders of  Nha Trang. His passion for motorbikes and his natural curiosity led him to explore Vietnam on motorbike for his personal pleasure.

He will guide you on an adventure through the lesser traveled routes, far away from the regular tourist circuits, where you will discover the stunning, natural beauty of the authentic Vietnam–full of surprises !

Mr.Dzung: bagan a motorcycle touring when he was just 20 years old. He is a genuine motorbike tour guide experience which avoids overcrowded trails in favour of a more authentic Vietnam where visitors can witness and enjoy local Vietnamese life. Stop off at waterfalls and other hidden gems that most tourists will never get a chance to see.

 

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Spending time with your guides and receiving a genuine insight in to Vietnamese cultures and customs.

 

2. OUR INFO:

  • Question: What is the local money called? Can I use credit cards and travelers check?
  • Answer: Vietnam’s official currency is the dong, which can not be purchased outside Vietnam. The main banks in Hanoi and HCMC can handle a fairly broad range of currencies nowadays, but the dollar is still the most widely accepted. I therefore recommend taking a combination of US$ cash and US$ travelers’ checks, with the bulk in travelers’ checks for safety. American Express, Visa and Thomas Cook checks are the most recognized brands. It’s a good idea to arrive with at least some small denomination dollar bills ($1s, $5s and $10s) to get you from the airport into town and to a bank. Even if they’re open, the airport exchange desks offer unfavorable rates. If you do bring dollars cash into Vietnam, make sure they are not badly tattered as they may be refused.
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  • Question: Credit Cards in Viet Nam
  • Answer: Credit cards are accepted at most hotels and better restaurants and shops.
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  • Question: Travelers Checks in Viet Nam
  • Traveler's checks are accepted on a limited basis and may be difficult to change.
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  • Question: ATM Machines in Viet Nam
  • Answer: Available in every city in Viet Nam.
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  • Question: Is it better to use dollars or dong for daily expenses?
  • Answer: For everyday expenses, I recommend carrying a mix of US$ cash and dong. For larger items (hotel bills, train tickets, etc.) or when the exchange rate works in your favor, use dollars. For cyclist, local food stalls and small purchases, it’s best to use dong. In either case, make sure you always have a stock of small notes so that you don’t have to worry about change.
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  • Question: Should I do a bargain in Vietnam?
  • Answer: Almost everything is negotiable in Vietnam (with the notable exception of meals) and bargaining is very much part of the Vietnamese way of life. All tourists are regarded as wealthy – which we are compared to most locals – but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be quoted an outrageous price; small shopkeepers and restaurateurs will often charge you the local rate.
  • When bargaining it helps if you know some Vietnamese numbers and have a general idea of the going rate for the item. Otherwise, the trick is to remain friendly, be realistic and make the process fun. If you manage to reduce the price by 40%, you’re doing well. In most cases it’ll be more like 10-20%. A common ploy is to start moving away if you’re on the verge of agreement. But don’t bargain just for the sake of it – if your price is agreed, then you are honor bound to purchase. And always keep a sense of perspective: don’t waste time and energy haggling over what only amounts to a few cents.
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  • Question: What is the home stay like?
  • Answer: A stay with the family of an ethnic minority in their traditional houses means interacting with the family, including cooking lessons with local food (and nips of traditional rice wine!) and a good night’s sleep on a bamboo bed with local mattress.
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  • Question: Is it safe to travel in Viet Nam?
  • Answer: Traveling in Vietnam is generally very safe. Women and independent travelers have found it relatively hassle-free and easy to travel throughout the country. Petty theft can occur in Ho Chi Minh City, but is far less common elsewhere in the country. Visitors are advised to avoid wearing extravagant jewelry or carrying a large amount of money when walking in the streets. However, when traveling anywhere in the country, travelers should exercise caution and use common sense to avoid incidents of personal misfortune
  •  The other problem area is on the trains, especially the night trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Again, make sure your entire luggage is safely locked, preferably stowed out of sight or attached to an immovable object, and don’t leave things near open windows. It’s also wise not to accept food or drink from people you don’t know (there are reports of one or two people being drugged and robbed this way).
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  • Finally, there’s the traffic. Trying to cross the street in Hanoi or HCMC is an adventure in itself! You’ll be faced with a tightly-packed stream of scooters, bikes and cyclist which looks completely chaotic at first. But don’t give up! Either walks till you find some traffic lights or just go for it. The key is to walk slowly and steadily out into the traffic. As long as you keep a steady pace and make your movements clear, the traffic will flow round you. Problems arise if you stop or move too quickly and the drivers/riders can’t anticipate your progress.
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  • Question: Can I organize my own group?
  • Answer: Our website is just the starting point. If the specified trips are not suitable, or you don't want to follow the same itinerary, we would be happy to come up with a program to suit your travel interests. This service is available to any individual, family or group. We regularly organize tailor-made holidays for families, groups of friends, schools, clubs, societies, associations and special interest groups. We're happy to be of any assistance in planning and making your trip as you've ever wanted it to be!
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  • Question: Can I organize my own group?
  • Answer: Our website is just the starting point. If the specified trips are not suitable, or you don't want to follow the same itinerary, we would be happy to come up with a program to suit your travel interests. This service is available to any individual, family or group. We regularly organize tailor-made holidays for families, groups of friends, schools, clubs, societies, associations and special interest groups. We're happy to be of any assistance in planning and making your trip as you've ever wanted it to be!
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  • Question: How fit do I have to be?
  • Answer: Our trips are first and foremost fun, educational and engaging and can be undertaken by anyone in good shape. All our trips are graded, thus helping you to choose a suitable trip. Bear in mind that our tour products have a wide range from easy touring to physically challenges, not to mention adventure trekking, sea kayaking and mountaineering trips. For those who would prefer a less active holiday, or sign up for special interest trip, family vacation please do let us know. We take pride in tailor made holiday and able to come up with interesting program.
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  • Question: What about the foods?
  • Answer: Your good health is a top priority on all our trips. We are therefore fully aware of the healthy appetites that build up when trekking, kayaking or touring and provide tasty and varied meals with plenty of fresh ingredients. All our food is prepared by genius cooks who ensure high standards of hygiene and who serve a sensible combination of local and Western dishes. . We also cater for vegetarians, and none-seafood individuals. Whereas sometimes you have to choose your own meals, eat only the well cooked food at decent hotels and restaurants. While snacks may be offered for sale else where, one never knows the condition under which they were prepared nor the health of the food handlers. You may want to bring along dried fruits and other "comfort" for the bus ride ( there is a " dining car" on the train which serves drinks and light meals). I strongly recommend you try the small local restaurants, especially the street kitchens which consist of a few tables and a stove in an open-fronted dining area. The key is to choose carefully. Look for clean places with a high turnover and where the ingredients on display look fresh. If you see the food cooked in front of you, all the better.
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  • Expensive restaurants usually price their menus in dollars. In the middle of the range it could be in either dollars or dong, but at this level prices are often not indicated at all, which makes for tedious ordering as you go through each dish. It’s worth doing, however, to avoid a nasty shock at the end of the meal. Watch out for the extras as well: peanuts, hot towels and packs of tissues on the table may be added to the bill even in untouched. Ask for them to be removed if you don’t want them. 
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  • Finally, eat early. Though places in the south (especially in HCMC) tend to stay open longer, outside the main cities and tourist areas restaurants rarely serve beyond 8pm.
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  • Question: Are there any hidden cost or extra charges?
  • Answer: Good question! Most of our tours include all transport, meals, accommodation and much of arrangement and service you will need in the tour the cost is a little to spend. Read though the inclusion, exclusion portion and you will find more specific about it. Compare our quality, inclusions and daily rates our holidays offer good value for money.
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  • Question:How can I get more information?
  • Answer: You can tell us more about your requirement. We can provide you with comprehensive, useful and most up to date information by fax or email. Our friendly and professional staff have in depth local knowledge and experience of the trips we offer and can provide helpful advice and practical travel tips. They are pleased to help you or your travel agent select your holiday. This is one reason why most our passengers join us through personal referrals or have had a great experience with us before.
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  • Question: How can I make a booking?
  • Answer: Booking can be actually made on line. Once you are interested in the trip, you then can go ahead and sign up the tour by sending us by fax the completed reservation form so that we could process your booking. In case you won't find any option that matches your expectation or you want to follow your own itinerary, then do not hesitate to fill the customized trip form and forward it to us. We will work it out and tailor your trip to just what you long for.
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  • Question: What the accommodation like?
  • Answer: Hotels range from budget to five-star. While Deluxe properties are located only in the major cities, the charm, and quaint local family run accommodations with varying levels of private facilities can be found through out the country. Discovery Indochina constantly stays abreast of hotel developments in order to offer our clients the best available and most preferred lodging?
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  • Question: When is the best time to travel to Vietnam?
  • There are no good or bad seasons for visiting Vietnam. When one region is wet or cold or steamy hot, there is always somewhere else that is sunny and pleasantly warm. Although the entire country lies in the tropics and subtropics, local conditions vary from frosty winters in the far northern hills to the year round sub-equatorial warmth of the Mekong Delta.
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If you can not find any question match to your interest, please mail to us, we will give you an answer within 24 hours.

 

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