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Old 05-04-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
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Eek 2 days trip on Chinese-Vietnamese boarder

Short photoreport from trip near Chinese boarder in Vietnam.

Together with my friend (Richard) we were waiting long enough for better weather to pack our bags and get out of the city, making the weekend trip to Ha Giang to make some on and off road in the mountains.

We were leaving Hanoi (North Vietnam) at 8:30pm on Friday in west north direction of Ha Giang City. My friend call our transport "Disco Busem" (damn true!). Indeed disco bus wasn't bed if the driver will have some mercy and try to ride with more european style. Anyway we are lucky and get in one piece to Ha Giang at 4:40 am (Saturday).

There should wait for us room in small hotel booked by our new frined Johnny (yep! typical vietnamese name:)) we should take a small nap and hit the road.

But we are in Vietnam so everything is possible - Johnny had just annonced wel guys there is no room available but you can wait in my place when the dawn will come-better than nothing:)

We were planning to ren two Honda XR250 but suprisingly Johnny has announcede that at this time we can get mopeds or SYM Wolf 125 which looks like something between ZSSR Minsk or Honda CB125 - fair enough we took those. Richard got adventure version with higher front fender and "dual-sport" tires:) Both of motorbikes has sport exhaust- motorbike has no power but great sound anyway:)

Just before we hit the road we had found some local restaurant at 6:30am with help of old lady and eat traditional morning soup with beef - Pho Bo.

Generally we have divided track for two parts

Part I: Ha Giang - Meo Vac; distance: 170 km, roads: tarmac.
We get some hotel in Meo Vac, in the sunday morning we take a tour on traditional market - hard to describe what we saw there...

Part II: Meo Vac - Ha Giang; distance: 150km on tarmac and 30km off-road
Additionally 70 km around vietnamese village where I have also my small accident:)

Way back on Sunday evening from Ha Giang to Hanoi. Bus start at 9pm and gets to Hanoi about 5am.

Short movie from the trip - enjoy:

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Old 05-05-2014, 08:25 AM   #2
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Wow! Very nice pictures. That is some incredible relief.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:24 PM   #3
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Spectacular scenery, captured well.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:56 AM   #4
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Honestly, one of the most beautiful place in Viet Nam and still undiscovered.
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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Keeping memories alive
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:59 PM   #6
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Missed this one first time around. Great photos. I'm sure there are more stories to tell. Interesting bikes, look pretty tough.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:56 PM   #7
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All good. What beautiful country. Amazing roads and switchbacks.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:44 PM   #8
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Great pics. North Vietnam has spectacular scenery.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:26 AM   #9
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This is very interesting report. I'd like to ride in such beautiful landscape. Thanks sharing.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:40 AM   #10
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Wow, great RR!

I have a SYM Wolf 150 (US version of the 125) and love it! SYM made tons of the CB125 and Super Cubs for Honda since the late 1950's through the 1990's I believe and now sell them as the Wolf and Symba. Great little bikes and a lot of fun!
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:59 AM   #11
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If somebody is interested in that part of the world the best way is to buy a bike on south part (HCMC) and take a ride to north.

Few hints and maps what is worth to visit in Vietnam and neighbourhood - Thanks for Bredna:)

Most of riders who are trying to ride Vietnam along choose Honda Win 100 but SYM seems to be better choice. Anyway now they have some nice bikes:)

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