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VeloAsia Staff and Vietnam Tour Guides

Hanoi Tour Manager Quyet Trinh spins around Hanoi with his fiancée wife Ngoc (Jade)
Le Van Sinh
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
A former engineer, Sinh virtually founded the contemporary tourist industry in Vietnam, opening the seminal and now famously-duplicated Sinh Cafe in 1991. After discovering cycling, he became restless for the road and has been researching and leading tours ever since. Sinh's knowledge of the highways and byways of Vietnam is unequaled and he loves to share it. Indeed, in his native country (and many of our travelers agree) Sinh is known as the "best of the best." Lonely Planet also thinks so and Sinh freelances on their Vietnam and Vietnam Atlas guides. How often do you get to say my guide wrote the book? Email Sinh at

Patrick Morris
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Turkey, Sumatra, Thailand
Sixteen years ago, Patrick organized and lead the first cycling tours of Vietnam while falling for the country in a big way (as he know you will). After over 15,000 miles of cycling in Vietnam and working on country projects with USAID and the USTDA, there are few that know Vietnam better. Call him in our San Francisco office to learn why few know or love Vietnam more. Insider tip: Toss the guidebook — the limitless optimism, warmness, and incessant humor of the Vietnamese people are addictive and the real highlight of the country (the food and the cycling's not so bad either). Questions about our trips? Email Patrick at

Willard Ford
Vietnam, Thailand, Japan
VeloAsia cofounder, Willard has raced and lead tours throughout the world. He also managed the L'equipe Cheval racing team when they won the US Pro Championships in 1999 with now U.S. Postal rider Antonio Cruz.

Strong interests also lie in martial arts, which along with cycling, highlights his visits to Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Willard also runs a furniture import business, importing designer pieces from Thailand.


Favorite ride? "Phan Rang to Dalat: from the ocean, through searing cactus desert into the cool, lush canopy of the Central Highlands with two fantastic climbs ending with a descent into the alpine setting of Dalat Valley and a hot bath."


Chitthavone ("Chit Chit") Philavanh

Our Laos operation is a family one, with Chit and his son Bay, along with cousins and other relatives driving support and filling in the gaps.


Nobody has more experience, Chit Chit has been leading cycling tours for over ten years and heading some of our most adventurous and complicated adventures in Laos. An avid cyclist, Chit's favorite


A remarkable life, Chit likes to give a lecture each night on different experiences of his life, such as dry rice farming as a boy (something you'll see daily along the route and marvel how grueling the work is) as well as cultural and historical facets of Laos.


Laos favorites?

My home town, Luang Prabang. I have traveled to all the other countries in the region, many times, but no place is as special as the place where I live.

Todd Hanson
Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey
A Renaissance man: skilled carpenter, world traveler, scholar, accomplished athlete. Todd has lead our tours along the Turkish Mediterranean, Myanmar and Vietnam. A Berkeley graduate in literature, Todd provides contemporary and historical aspects in literature to our destinations (and a helpful push up the hill when needed).


For several years, Todd lead our Turkey and Vietnam tours, but now specializes in his favorite destination, Myanmar. Sorry, he is no longer single. Update 2010: Todd is single again!


Todd's favorite? The Burmese. Gentle, kind, always welcoming, they are as how you wish everyone would be.

Nguyen Tuan Trieu


A Saigon native, Trieu is an avid amateur photographer and on our trips is a great resource for those who like to take photos. Trieu has lead our trips, mostly through the Mekong (where he knows all the better cycling routes), for over ten years. At left, enjoying the grounds of his favorite hotel, the Dalat Palace.


Other favorites? The countryside in the Mekong. A nice change from the big city (Saigon) where I live. Beautiful and always warm weather.

John Brady

John Brady
Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia

Irish National Champion and former rider for the 7-11 pro team, John is now based part-time in Thailand where he lives the storied ex-pat life between brief returns to Ireland.


To escape the big city, John also spends time cycling the routes outside of Chiang Mai, his favorite training grounds where he likes to point out, is some of the best food in Thailand. John has lead several editions of our Vietnam Tet, Iron Chef and Highlights tours, as well as higher-mileage private trips. he has also lead Thailand and Myanmar biking tours, and off-bike adventures in Cambodia.


John's favorite? The hustle and bustle of the region's growing cities like Phnom Penh and Saigon, where everything's seems new and very, very old at the same time, especially in the restaurants and cafes where style and new plays on traditional cuisine are always pushed to the limit.

Diep Le To
A graduate in tourism from Hanoi Open University, Diep fulfills her passion everyday, showing guests her native Hanoi and designing our special-interest programs, including a wonderful culinary tour of the country. Her smell for good local food is a direct challenge to those planning on shedding a few pounds. Diep provides enthusiastic insight into the land, people and culture she loves so much. Her uncommon perspective will take you places few see in Vietnam.


Diep's favorite? The food of course, I have always enjoyed leading culinary trips, travelers are always surprise how good the food is in Vietnam.


Le Truong Lam ("Lum")


Lam has lead VeloAsia trips throughout the north from his native Hanoi, including biking in Mai Chau (left) where he is fluent in local hilltribe dialects, kayaking on Halong Bay where he loves hosting families with kids, and trekking in the Hoang Lien Mountain range in and around Sapa.


Lam graduated at Hanoi Open University and recently finished a six-month certificate program in Sustainable Tourism. Hanoi is known for pho — the national soup dish. It's the best in hanoi and Lam keeps careful track of where he best new places are.


Lam lives in Hanoi with his two children and plays back for "Hanoi Liverpool," a soccer team of tour guides and drivers.


Lam favorite: Bia Hoi, or happy hour in Hanoi which is only in this city. Everyday after work we meet with friends for short time to have a drink of local draft beer and snacks. It is a ritual of our city and keeps you in touch with your friends.

Viet Nguyen
As well as leading dozens of cycling tours over the years for Backroads, B&R, and VeloAsia Viet also assists in designing many of the new tour itineraries you see on this site. When in California, Viet enjoys cycling in Marin and larger than life bowls of Pho. Now a father of two, Viet spends less time leading than planning and organizing tours from native Saigon.

Vietnam Favorite? The delicious new restaurants opening all the time in Saigon. Lots of interesting design and overseas Vietnamese coming home to cook.