My partner and I just got back from a so called 'easyriders' tour for only three hours. This rider Vo Trung Thanh (Buddha) approached us, just when we were on the lookout for one of them. Perfect, we thought, we don't have to make it into town.
I read on a Dalat tourist guide that you should expect to pay $12-20 for a day so when he quoted $30 each for 3 hours we were taken aback. We negotiated down to $35 for both of us but my partner still wasn't happy and felt we were being ripped off.
Before we left, I showed him pictures of what we wanted to see. 5 things all up and they weren't too far out of the city so it should have been possible. He said ok and off we went. We ended up going to a farming village, which while the countryside was lovely it wasn't what we wanted. Then we were taken to a weaving place, which I'm not convinced the girl who was there actually did any weaving because she seemed clueless, they only wanted us to buy things, then some old drunk guy came and made us walk with him to his house, with about 20 people and wouldn't let us leave till we drank his wine out of some bamboo straw that I'm sure 500 people before us had drunk out of. The old man then wanted a donation. We were getting pretty annoyed by this stage as it was only a couple of hours till it got dark.
He then took us to look at a couple of churches, also not requested and finally to the waterfall which we did ask to see.
We got back to our hotel, paid him, told him we weren't happy, but more than anything I'm annoyed that we were only here for one full day and it was wasted on things we didn't want to see.
If you are going to chose an easyrider tour, make sure you seek them out and not the other way and make sure they give you what you want.
Live and learn I suppose