The art of fixing Vespa scooters is dying. This niche skill is a difficult one to master, especially with the increasing rarity of vintage Vespas. Our mechanic, Duy, has fixed over 1,000 Vespas! Check out this post for more info, and learn about how this scooter became legendary in Vietnam here.

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New Zealand vs. Oz

It was a little testy at first - two Kiwis and two Aussies on the night tour, each cracking jokes about the other's motherland. But very quickly the spirit of the evening (and, well, the spirits) overcame the niggling little differences of nationality and questions over what one may or may not do with sheep and everyone united in their love of Banh mi.
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Look at the Size of this Group!

Last night was a doozie for us - three groups on our Saigon After Dark tour. One of them was this group of 10 Aussies who'd ridden Down from Hanoi. That's a lotta Bia Hoi!
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Streetside Views

Two weeks ago a longtime friend celebrated his departure from Saigon & return to London with one of our Saigon After Dark tours. Nhu Vo, one of our Vietnamese friends who was along to say farewell, posted a blog about the experience on Facebook. A lovely meditation on being a Vietnamese watching visitors experience the unseen Saigon (and learning a few fun things about her city along the way). Saigon does not offer the natural beauty or flocks of birds except for the flow of bikes, ever-growing high-rise, French-colonial buildings, war-memory spots and one of the famous cuisines in the…
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Day 1 Orientation

Tour manager Josh Baker runs through orientation with the members of our July 17 tour after an intro to the Vespas at Steve's house. "Watch out for cows, chickens and water buffaloes "
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From Melbourne to Hidden Saigon in 24 Hours or Less

Last week we received an email from Aussie Robert Harper, who joined our Saigon After Dark tour on July 1 with his 12-year-old son: Thursday night tucked up in front of fire watching telly in Melbourne, 4 degrees outside. The next night we are Zooming around Siagon on Vespas with some great people -- what a buzz!”
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Vespa Club Of the Philippines: Four Months and Counting

Several members of the Vespa Club of the Philippines will be joining us in November for a one-week Nha Trang Coastal & Highland Adventure, which should be a blast; we love having Vespa enthusiasts on our tours, and Steve can talk for days (and days and days) about the old Vespas. Today we saw a Tweet pointing to a new image club members had created to convey their excitement over the coming trip. If these folks aren't enthusiasts, nobody is.
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Our Favorite New Review of the Week

My group of 4 friends (all early 20s) spent 4 days & 3 nights in the city. While we visited the usual attractions like Cu Chi Tunnels and the War Museum. This Vespa Tour was the highlight of the trip, for all of us! My experience first started about a month before the trip, when i emailed Vespa Adventures to ask about the availability of their night tour. Steve was especially helpful and patient as i clarified all the nitty gritty details about the tour. He even agreed to send Vespas to pick us up from our hotel (which they…
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Moms’ Night Out with the Williamses on Saigon After Dark

The Williams family from Brisbane joined us last night for our SAD tour (we really need a new acronym for that one, don't we? Perhaps SDK?). A blast was had, even though Dad Williams stayed home at the hotel. It all evened out, as we were joined by VVA General director Ton That Thien Bao and his mom visiting from Orange County, California.
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In which Steve becomes a local media source

Yesterday we received a nice mention in a short article posted by author David Lloyd Son, reproduced here. In the article, about the changing face of Vietnamese journalism, Son quotes Steve on being a foreign business owner in Vietnam and working with local media. In Saigon, Stephen Mueller, owner of two businesses – Green Energy Biomass, and Vietnam Vespa Adventures – reflected on the media both here and in his native United States. “Something that the media here has done is open my eyes to how blatant the agenda of some news corporations in the USA are. When I go…
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“Best Part of Our Trip So Far”

This is my first review ever on TripAdvisor - I signed up just to give Steve and his team a glowing review for their Vespa tour through Saigon. We did Saigon After Dark, and the tour was perfectly arranged. The food is AMAZING. I was hesitant to do the nighttime tour, since I figured all of the street food in Saigon is delicious, but you absolutely will not find food and experiences like this on your own. It's a great way to see the city, and the vintage Vespas are beautiful, but the food was out-of-control delicious. I think all…
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Video Goodness from Amsterdam

Two of our guests hailing from Amsterdam last month enjoyed the Saigon Insider's Tour and After Dark Tour so much they made three videos that they shared with us. Have a peek. And thanks, Albert & Claudia!
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A Great Week at TripAdvisor

We’re pretty excited about a couple of things that happened for us at TripAdvisor this week. First, we hit 70 reviews! Considering that we only joined TA in February, that’s pretty amazing. And then we got word from TripAdvisor that Vietnam Vespa Adventures has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. What does that mean? Well, TripAdvisor awards this certificate to businesses who consistently receive excellent ratings from their members. We think our 5-star rating and our 97% guest satisfaction is something to be proud of, and we’re excited that TripAdvisor has chosen to recognize our dedication to our guests…
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“Brilliant Tour”

Here's a lovely new review today from a guest writing on TripAdvisor: We booked an afternoon tour for 4 adults and 4 children,(aged 16, 12, 12 & 5 1/2) . The youngest in our group was only small so Steve organised their most experienced rider for her. Also being fair haired she attracted a lot of turned heads as we rode around Saigon and became part of the throngs of motorbikes zooming through the streets. It was so much fun. We were picked up outside our hotel in the heart of the backpacker district and whisked off for lunch at…
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Winter (Such As it Is) into Spring

With the beginning of June's rainy season just around the corner and the slow tailing-off of high visitor's season, things have become slightly less frenetic around Cafe Zoom and the Vietnam Vespa Adventure offices (a couple of tables in the back of Cafe Zoom). But that doesn't mean we haven't been busy - or that we're not running around like ants at a spring picnic preparing for upcoming tours. Two weeks ago we hosted a big group for our seven-day Nha Trang tour -- three Australian couples and a pair of Americans from San Francisco. The six Aussies -- Peter…
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Two Weeks on the Road

Josh and Walter are just back from a pair of back-to-back, week-long tours to Nha Trang, and we're not sure we'll ever walk entirely straight again. I flew into Dalat Saturday evening to join up with groups, this time a crew of seven who were doing the full Vespa Adventure -- seven days worth of scootering from HCMC to Nha Trang. By the time I met up with them around dinnertime, they'd already been riding for three and a half days, having traded the the pang of sea salt and drying fish for the fragrance of fir needles and wood…
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