Ho Chi Minh City native Le Van Sinh left his first career, that of mechanical engineer, in order to pursue his twin loves of tourism and bicycling. Sinh founded the “Sinh Cafe, Vietnam‘s first tourism-oriented cafe, in September 1992. Although he has lost control of the business, it is still the most famous destination in Vietnam for travelers in search of travel advice and reservations.
This was just the start of Sinh‘s accomplishments. Sinh also initiated the now-famous day trips to the BenTre and Cai Be floating markets, introduced the first three-day Mekong trip geared towards independent travellers, designed the first trip to the North’s BaBe National Park and the first trek in the Sapa area. He went on to initiate the first “Open Tour” bus system. which allows visitors to take in a wide range of destinations by purchasing a single ticket which is valid for many stops. He went on to initiated many innovative adventure (hiking, trekking, kayaking, and cycling) trips to Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mekong Delta, in Vietnam‘s Central Highlands, along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and into Vietnam‘s wild Northwest.
He also drew many of the maps for the first Lonely Planet Vietnam travel guides, and Lonely Planet has recommended him for more than a decade now. While many have used his name for their own gain, accept no substitutes: there is only one real Sinh and you can find him at SinhBalo!
From 1997, we start to work with Veloasia for organising cycling Vietnam trips from Hue to Saigon. Then the Cycling Vietnam Team was set up late 2000, with cycling tour guides up to 15 persons. Therefore we can handle all tour groups from north to south.