Vietnam 2011 yeeha

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gavo, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. gavo

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    We arrived in Ha Noi at about 10:30pm on a flight from Siem Reap Cambodia After a break in bike ride see link
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    We were still having fun and looking for more. We'd arranged a 7 day nth east trip with" off road Vietnam".
    A day for a look around before the ride
    the touristy things around Ha Noi
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    How ever the next day we had some bike riding to do
    After collecting the bikes and our guide Linh, this was our regroup point on the outskirts of town, notice how clean we are
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    then out on a road that went through the sawmilling section of the neighbourhood
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    then on to some of the farming areas around Son Tay
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    We were to see one of these strapped to the back of a bike later on, I wonder if it was empty
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  2. gavo

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    Plenty of high walls too ,maybe to keep the water in the fields
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    then a few k's down the road we get pulled over by the police
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    Apparently one of our crew had their pic taken whilst speeding, the photo shows David numberplate so they take our guides licence and say he can come back in a week and pay 500,000 dong (about $25) and collect his licence. Then He jumps on his bike and we all ride off WTF? :lol3 later we give him the money and he say alls good.
    Day 1 lunch stop
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    and very nice it was
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    one of many river crossings
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    Are you having a good time---shit yeah
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    a nice waterfall
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  3. SR1

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    So a member of your group was pix breaking the traffic rules & your guide get busted.......ok.
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    Bring it on! :clap:clap
    Brings back great memories
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    Great photos of a great country.
    Me an my lady went back in 89 and loved it! Only snaffu was back before the official year of tourism (91) you could only travel on gov'mt bus tours and the central highlands were OFF LIMITS. Anyway we hired a driver and a 67 Chev and made for Pleiku since I was based there for a few months in 70. Life was good hanging en route in Dalat till the gov soldiers showed up. Bought our way out of that mess with cigarettes and high tailed it back to Saigon for the first plane to Bangkok. Sad really cause the country is great and the locals even better. Pan B was to retire near Nha Trang or Vung Tau but apparently the Wall street suits had other plans for my retirement money.
    Thanks for the pics and memories

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  8. gavo

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    Ok, after the waterfall we headed towards Tuyen Quang along a road next to this lake that I think was called Ho Thac Ba
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    and our first home stay of the trip
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    Things weren't quite ready when we arrived.
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    so its off to the lake and a boat.
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    and back to homestay. some of the little ones who laughed when I showed them their photo on the camera
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    Dinner, sorry crap pic
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    then the endless toasts, just an excuse to drink rice wine, which taken in shot glasses is not to bad a drink. It doesn't go straight to your head like say whisky but slowly creeps up on you then smacks you in the ear :lol3
    this 20ltr drum was his rice wine supply and since his shot glass was twice the size of everyone elses, he must like a drink :wink:
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    some goodbyes in the morning ,a group photo and away
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    next we're headed to Bang Lung
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  9. gavo

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    On the road to Bang lung
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    and a lunch break
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    fed and watered it was on to our next homestay
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    We were going to do a river crossing here just for the hell of it even though there's a bridge ,although under repair but the crossing was blocked by this
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    The truck could not use the bridge due to its very poor condition, they got stuck then ripped the tail-shaft out :cry
    they spent the night there
    I walked about 1km up the road and took a couple more pics in this quiet rural village
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    So after a couple of beers and watching the only entertainment it was back for dinner and some more rice wine :evil
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    out the front of our homestay and the parting photo. Our host worked as a public servant and looked well dressed in his grey suit before jumping on his bike to go to work
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  10. John Smallberries

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    Fantastic trip - great photos - thanks for sharing!
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  11. gavo

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    OK off towards Ba Be
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    then a stop at Phu Thong ( don't hold me to that name) for some bike issues
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    this fellow wanted his photo taken , sooo
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    then a walk around the corner to the local market to buy a pillow for my wife's butt :lol3
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    and an interesting sign out the front
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    back on the road
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    a smoke stop on the way
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    road coming into Ba Be
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    to the view from our homestay at Ba Be
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  12. gavo

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    On arrival we settled in then it was walk down to the lake for another boat ride :clap
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    then into this gorge
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    some of the local water traffic
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    then a walk of about 1km to some very nice falls
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    then return and dinner and more rice wine :evil
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    My girlfriend's mother got out during The Fall in '75. She (my girlfriend) went back with her mom a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the country. We are in the process of planning a trip, so I am really enjoying your pictures! Have fun and stay safe!
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    heffe #$%^&U*&^%$#@

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  15. gavo

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    Ok breakfast next morning is banana fritters :clap and honey and this fruit which I think was called dragon fruit which tastes fairly bland despite it's colourful appearance
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    If you look back a few pic's ago to the view from our homestay deck there's a piece of bamboo sticking out and just below that a diagonal line in the forest on the other side of the valley. This is the road we take.
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    and some where over there is our previous nights homestay
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    we start to climb
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    came across the buildings in the middle of nowhere, unfinished ,no body about
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    and we kept climbing
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    and higher then came across this Zhou village
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    still higher then over the pass
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    Got a bit foggy :eek1
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    Two of us ran out of fuel and went onto reserve on this pass. At this place which was at Nguyen Binh I think, we had lunch.
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    On the menu ,chips ,pork,and the things in the foreground are fried bee larvae which were pretty nondescript but the sauce to go with them was nice.
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    we got fuel at Tinh Tuc which was only 2ks in the wrong direction the about turned and headed down the mountain
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    remember how I mentioned how clean we were near the beginning of the thread, not so now :lol3
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    We arrived in Cao Bang and checked into a hotel. the view from my room
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    Had a shower got cleaned up and went for a wander around town
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    more later must go :D
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  16. gavo

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    Ok we hit town for a look see, it wasn't a very attractive town
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    saw lots of these little electric scooters mostly with teenagers on board
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    and the local market which was same same
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    At the market the vendors had gradually moved their stalls onto the road as we're walking along suddenly people are up and running around and yelling.Police in several trucks swoop in and start confiscating vendors stock and fittings and we're just standing in the middle of it dumbstrck :eek1 .
    Then the police leave amongst much yelling and arguing.
    It's an infringement to set up a stall on this street apparently, didn't get a pic, police can be touchy about things like that.
    So went in search of a cold beer,local trend is fruit in fridge, beer on shelf so a cold one's hard to find.
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    the lady shop keeper posed for a pic but strangely when we asked for a second beer she put them in a plastic bag with ice to go, oh well. Dinner at hotel, ok
    Next day a short trip to Quang Uyen Which was uneventful but scenic
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    to our homestay
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    beds
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    this is the view out the back door
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    as we arrived about 10 or 11 am we unloaded as we were going to do a loop to the border with china :clap

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    The road out of town was so so but there was a brilliant jade green stream running next to it. the road wound up into the countryside
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    and through some point of interest
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    until we reached the river on the border
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    this was the last section of road to our lunch stop. This shots downhill we went up
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    A stop here so Linh could arrange entry and we would come back here for lunch
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    the floating platforms bring chinese tourists right up to the falls
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    Mick and Justin and Trish all went for a swim
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    the view from the road
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    the ride back was mostly in the rain so, much mud and not good for photos but the bikes got a squirt when we got back
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    Dinner and beer and rice wine :freaky this is the night the rice wine made me speak in tongues :wink: so to bed :lol3
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    We left Quang Uyen and headed towards Lang Son
    We came to a fork in the road after some very nice road twisties
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    On the next twisties David decided to lie down :lol3
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    A bit later we stopped at a cafe next too the loacal bike dealer to attended David's wounds
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    You can have one of these Chinese beauties for $700 us
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    A stop to arrange lunch a stone's throw from where we are
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    back on the road and a bit later Mick needs a lie down, lucky it was dirt. but here he proves he's OK
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    After we check into our hotel we walk to a local temple
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    Our hotel in Lang son was very nice and Linh and I had to show off our new windcheaters purchased at the night market. It got a bit chilly at night and I didn't take anything warmer than a shirt
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    The trip back to Ha Noi down the highway was pretty uneventful

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    except for these buffalo which were determined to cut in front of me
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    As a side note in the 4 weeks we were in Vietnam we did do another bike trip for 1 day near Sapa
    $5 to hire a bike for the day-- bargain
    in the morning we headed toward Lai Chau over Vietnam highest pass Tran Tom and returned, great road
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    silver falls if memory serves
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    you see all sort of things on bikes:lol3
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    To this place in Sapa for lunch
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    then back down the road we had driven along on our way back from walk to H'mong villages the day before
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    well worth the trouble, In fact hiring bikes and doing our own thing was the best day :clap
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    goran e Been here awhile

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