The Easy Riders

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What we say: 4 stars

The Easy Riders started around a decade ago with a group of unemployed local men, most having served in the South Vietnamese Army. Ferrying tourists from A to B was all they took on at that point, and most had old motorbikes such as Minsks and Simpsons (today the Honda Bonus or Win is more prevelant). In 1999 the Riders gained their first mention in a certain guidebook and have never looked back, transforming from a glamorised xe om service to day tours through Da Lat surrounds. Now there are around 70 Easy Riders. They have their own uniforms and a website through which you can arrange tours in advance. They can be found at The Hangout or Peace Cafe on Troung Cong Dinh St. Failing that, they'll find you.

A word of warning: it's still advisable to shop around if you wish to have a tour guide and not just a driver -- there is a difference. Some can barely speak English, relying on their friends to arrange the itinerary for them, while others are near fluent and have a detailed knowledge of the sites in and around the city. Easy Riders cost around US$15 for daytrips out of Da Lat, depending on desired activities and distance travelled, while the costs for the longer duration overnight trips are significantly higher -- see their website for details.

A number of independent copycat tour guides hang around the city and offer the same services. Again, it's wise to shop around.

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The Hangout cafe bar, 71 Truong Cong Dinh St, Da Lat
Last updated: 10th August, 2009

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