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Base of operations: Vietnam -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 127
Richard Fuller, M.Sc., University of California at Davis, U.S.A., created Cycling Sulawesi in 1999 and M14697 in 2002. He has lived 9 years in Viet Nam, and has 7 years of cycling in Sulawesi. The company offers cycles, guides, accommodations, local knowledge and contacts, for guiding cyclists safely in Viet Nam and Sulawesi, Indonesia, on good but less-travelled roads across these countries, having selected the interesting and ride-able parts and using motor transport to go across boring areas to get to the good riding areas and save time. Safety cannot be overemphasized. We have a perfect record in that regard.

Having lived in Viet Nam for 9 years, from 1969-71, 1973-75, and 2002-2007, earlier travelling up and down the country doing rice extension (agriculture), Rich got to know and love the places and people of the southern half of the country, and he and his crew have been able to choose the good places to cycle. M14697 and Sulawesi both grew out of a love of nature, anthropology, linguistics and agriculture. Rich has been living and working in Southeast Asia for most of the last 37 years.

Rich speaks 7 languages, including fluent Vietnamese and Thai, and fair Indonesian. He loves the cultures of the region and is always a student of the many groups of people and languages he has encountered since first coming to Southeast Asia in 1969. He has translated the songs found on the Folksongs pages of M14697 and Sulawesi. He has performed the Vietnamese songs on national VTV4 in Viet Nam. Rich is semi-retired, teaching English. M14697 and Cycling Sulawesi are NOT into off-road cycling or racing! We don't rent out our bikes. Our goal is to guide you from point to point, enjoying what is along the way. Good exercise, to be sure, but not the Tour de France!
Questions and Answers
The company offers cycles, guides, accommodations, local knowledge and contacts, for guiding cyclists safely in Viet Nam and Sulawesi, Indonesia.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

It began in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 1997 as a fitness holiday for myself. I realized that others might want to benefit from this beautiful cycling terrain of over 1,000 km. of explored good roads across North Sulawesi.

2. What is your company's mission?

It is for people who want to get away from the tourist traps shown in Lonely Planet and such in order to experience the beauty of rural and thinly-populated areas in Viet Nam and Sulawesi.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Cycling sojourns in the southern part of Viet Nam, and across North Sulawesi, Gorontalo Provice, and parts of Central Sulawesi.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Richard Fuller (me) a former agriculturist and English teacher in Viet Nam and Thailand. I have just retired, so I can lead the sojourns again. I speak 7 languages including Indonesian and Vietnamese.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

The Central Highlands and Mekong Delta of Viet Nam. They are very different, and the descent from the Central Highlands to the semi-desert of lower Central Viet Nam is spectacular and not fram from Ho Chi Minh City, where we originate. The Delta speaks for itself. Away from the tourist traps near Ho Chi Minh City, we go west towards the Cambodian border where tourists don't go. The people are friendly, the 2 islands we ride on in the Mekong River are lovely with nice cycling roads, and the ferry rides across the branches of the river are fun. The magical Seven Hills south of the river make for a nice contrast to the flatness of the delta.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

Several said that it was a great experience and that our website has failed to convey the uniqueness of our sojourns. It is a marketing failure that continues to this day. You have to experience it to realize what it is.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M14697
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Cycling Vietnam Central Highlands/ Coast: 5 Day Tour Cycling Vietnam Central Highlands/ Coast: 5 Day Tour

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This 5 day cycling tour will take you through Lovely Highland waterfalls, tea plantations, dramatic Central coast, quiet semi-desert beach at Ca Na.

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Tour Package
Bicycle Touring
USD 425 Vietnam

Cycling Vietnam Mekong Delta 5 Day Tour Cycling Vietnam Mekong Delta 5 Day Tour

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Cycle through the little-touristed western part of Mekong Delta: reconstructed Liberation field HQ, Hoa Hao Buddhist sect, river islands, mystical 7-Mountain region, Australian My Thuan bridge.

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Tour Package
Bicycle Touring
Cultural Journey
USD 425 Vietnam

Cycling Vietnam Central Highlands and Coast: 7 Day Tour Cycling Vietnam Central Highlands and Coast: 7 Day Tour

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Enjoy cycling through the cool Highlands and quiet semi-desert Central coastal beach, staying in A/C cottages on the beach.

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Tour Package
Bicycle Touring
USD 595 Vietnam

Cycling Vietnam 3 Region: 10 Day Tour Cycling Vietnam 3 Region: 10 Day Tour

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The cool Highlands, semi-desert Central coastal beach, little touristed western Mekong Delta, mystical 7-Mountains region, and Australian My Thuan bridge are the major highlights of your route.

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Tour Package
Bicycle Touring
USD 850 Vietnam

Cycling Vietnam 3 Region: 14 Day Tour Cycling Vietnam 3 Region: 14 Day Tour

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Enjoy cycling tour through the cool Highlands, semi-desert Central coastal beach, little touristed western Mekong Delta, mystical 7-Mountains region, and Australian My Thuan bridge.

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Tour Package
Bicycle Touring
USD 1120 Vietnam
Reviews and Comments
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 1  Laura Gilmartin Verified User Review 2007-04-06
This was an amazing cycle tour, we went to places that normal tourist groups don't go.

 2  Joanne Trudeau Verified User Review 2006-12-28
We had a great trip. The old addage "you get what you pay for" definitely proved itself true on this "off the beaten track" tour of Vietnam ... view more but there were many interesting and memorable points. It is not for customers looking for any ounce of luxury or the Vietnam that one sees in the travelogues. Yhe hotels are basic (but nice), the food was a bit challenging at times but the people were lovely and Rich and Tam delivered exactly what they promised - which is what you hope for!

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