I came from a country that is notorious for motorcycle accidents. The highway leading to my home holds the record for having the most number of motorcycle-related deaths in the Philippines. I have never dated a biker dude. And so, I can confidently say that no, I am generally not comfortable with riding a motorcycle.
It is therefore quite a surprise to me that I enjoyed our Vietnam Vespa adventure as much as I did. I am recommending it to anyone visiting Ho Chi Minh. It is such an efficient way to fall in love with the city in a very short amount of time.
I asked our tour guide Dat, “Does everyone in Vietnam know how to ride a motorbike?”. “Yes”, he said, “well, maybe except for my mother”. So no, it is neither an act of courage nor madness on my part to ride a motorbike. In Vietnam, that’s really just how things are done. I heard a lot of tourists just rent a bike and travel all around the country. It would have been appealling if we had a month or so to stay. This day tour is the best option given the time we had.
It was my choice to take the Wartime Memories Tour (I am not a war buff. Quite the opposite actually – I know nothing about it) . I was smiling from under my helmet the moment our bikes started moving. I enjoyed our stops in seemingly ordinary buildings that actually played a part in Vietnam’s history. Dat speaks very good English and he surely knows what he’s talking about. It was educational and entertaining at the same time.
My favorite part of the trip was the stop at the War Remnants Museum. It is just three floors of pictures, actually – no fancy exhibits, but everything is so moving. It left me with a heavy, feeling that reminded me of how cruel humans can be. I mean, Agent Orange? C’mon! I left the place feeling thankful. I made a promise to never complain about any petty luxury that I don’t have.
I usually don’t like going on organized tours because usually has this tourist-y feel that stops me from full experiencing the country like a local. This one didn’t give me that feeling at all. It was an honest and raw .
Do check them out! Our tour cost $50 each:)