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Hoi An is a great base to use while dashing off for motorbike trips and the town has seen a huge influx of Easy Riders poaching for business on every corner.
It's also where Top Gear did the most famous stretch of their Vietnam special, which makes it very popular. The Hai Van Pass, Son Tra peninsula, Central Highlands are all within a day's trip, and to get there you'll pass through some beautiful local countryside. Although some routes are fairly straightforward with a good map, the roads and the bikes available to rent locally can be dangerous; the money spent on a good guide who knows the route well is a great investment for peace of mind and to ensure you don't miss out on the best bits as you concentrate on hairpin corners and speeding trucks.
Hoi An Motorbike Adventures are easily the best tours and work out to be the same all in when you add up all the extras you get on the road with an Easy Rider. Tours are well researched to keep you off busy highways and include an English-speaking guide and mechanic. They also offer a well maintained choice of steed, including Russian Minsks, offroad bikes and semi-automatic scooters.
If you do choose the Easy Rider option, do your research and ask around – firsthand word of mouth recommendations are far more trustworthy than the customer comments books these guys thrust in your face. Ask to see the bike you will ride if you are not riding pillion; it won't be anything like the Harley knockoff your Easy Rider has pimped up for the hard sell. Last but most importantly, agree on a price you are happy
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Last updated: 22nd August, 2013
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