Vietnam 2012: “Ten toi la Momi »...made in Italy !

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by momi20, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Great Ride report!!:clap
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  2. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    This morning, I’m not very happy to start again, but I’ve got to drive. Unforgettable Meo Vac. I can’t tellyou where I had the stop over at the end of the day, cause it was dark and I have not seen any signal. I should have been more or less near Cao Bang.

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    I’m driving eastward. Full tank, sky not bad beautiful landscape, everything’s fine. But the world is a big balance, that follow the Murphy’s Law, and immediately comes the offset: the engine of my bike stops to work.

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    Big silence in the Vietnam mountains, just me and mt (not working) bike: what can I do ? First I take a picture

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    With my mechanical skills, I’m able top ut gas in the tank, check oil level ( ok not here in Vietnam) inflate air in tires and check pressure, put oil on the chain transmission. So now I just can wait and try again to start: It has worked and the bike started again

    This is the second “technical pit stop”

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    At the end of the day I had 10 pit stop, but after the fifth this situation looks like a sign from the sky that push me to keep going. Once I could heard the voice of Vietnam Divinities

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    I’ts one o clock: to take a rest I went in the backyard of this desert school

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    After a nap I met a family of teachers that also works in the school as caretakers

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    In Vietnam working in the road maintenance is very hard: not a lot of machinery

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    My t-shirt and my ass are burning: I’ve got to stop

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    Dark It’s coming, but I’ve seen what in my map I marked with a ?

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    They’ve got a bed and a place for my bike

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    fresh food

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    Do you think that in a restaurant, in Vietnam, a touris can remain alone without a drink ? ?

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    I was lucky, just 6 people at the table. The Guest House/restaurant is also a karaoke point. In a little room downstairs ther’s everything

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    This morning, with the sun it’s easier understand where I’m

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    Even today will be har reach Ha Long: in fact I’ll reach Dinh Lap

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    Ohh finally a Vietnam Pin-up

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    Gas station

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    I reach Dinh Lap and first I look for a Guest House

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    the room is really big

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    even the bugs

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  3. tradex56

    tradex56 Been here awhile

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    bravo Momi . Grande giro, ti seguo sempre. Hai ancora il mitico DR 350????? In questo sito siamo pochi italiani....pochi ma buoni. Ciao dal Friuli.
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  4. gwedo

    gwedo old enough to know better

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    wow .this is now on the list .friendly people, interesting food, lots of drinks, and no one will every see me again so i can get into the karoke :D great trip all the best.
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  5. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Lovely report, you have a great eye for photography!
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  6. luckychucky

    luckychucky Long timer

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    Very colorful place. Love your pictures.
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  7. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    For some minutes I rested near the bike, thinking how little we estimate in my country ( and in the rest of western world) the right to can speak free, to organize demonstration, read any newspaper and so on.
    I think that sometimes people that cover theirs faces and walk in to the streets breaking cars and shop windows should live for some month in this kind of country.
    Ok sorry for this digression, but at the age of 7 years I read the biography of Martin Luther King and even today I admire black and white people that in the 60’s walked along streets askings for human rhigts

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    Ok I’m 120 km (75 miles9 far from Halong Bay: sounds reasonable to can reach it around noon. Ok it’s easy have resolutions: the difficult part is to comply with them. Suddendly I saw schoolchilds that are walking into the school. This is the first time that I can see this: ok I can reach Halong Bay even around 1 pm

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    I look at the boys and it seems to me that the age goes from 4 to 13 year. Nobody speaks english, but some adult (teacher ?) invited me to take a tea. In my italian-Vietnamese phrasebook there are 4 names of job and one is techer: correct, they are teachers.

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    Finally I can comunicate. A teacher speaks alittle bit of english and she eplain to me that the school takes kids from 4 to 15 years old. Almost all the kids are very poor, from farmer families and someone has to walk for two hours to reach the school.
    This remind to me my father, that after the 2<sup>nd</sup> World War from 6 to 10 years old had to walk for 7 km ( 4 miles) to reach the primary school.
    Today is a special day: is the final day of the academic year, and there will be a party. I had seen a mike and two big loudspeakers and this is the reason. The teacher ask to me to remain as “ special guest”. Mhh my schedule includes to arrive in Ha Long Bay by noon...sorry schedule, but I’ve got to change something and I decided to remain

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    I was sitting in the lateral desk, with the teachers

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    the kids were lined up in rows, divided by age...a little bit military, imo

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    One of the teachers goes to the mike and (I think) introduce the party

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    After 5 minutes of speech the party starts. In turn little groups of kids perform songs, little ballets with some backgrounds music. I’m impressed: with very few material means they prepared a very nice exibition.

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    This little group was very funny: they were dancing pantomiming some animals

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  8. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    Hush...could be the principal. Whitout one expression on the face, she begins to speak. By the time the sun is coming out. After 30 minutes of speech some of the most littel kids begins to turn down the head and support each to other. Some teacher wake up: ohh I think they are bringing kids in the shadows of the trees...no teachers are bringing some umbrella to the most little kids to can protect from the sun !

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    One of the little girls looks at me desperately. I read my Italian-Vietnam phrasebook and write on a shit paper the words “Help” and “Get out” she smile. After the first hour finally thechers take little kids to the shadow of trees. Gradually all the kids move back to the shadow

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    The principali s an Iron Woman and continue to read to the empty square: this is the situation after one hour and half

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    Ok this i san insane situation and I begin to go away: the sound of the voice is alwys the same. But suddendly I understand what incredible experience I’m having. I’m not in a Vietnamese school, but as Pinocchio I’m in the belly of the whale, the belly of the monster. I’m speaking of the the orrible monster that with different colours and slogan you can find all over the world, always during the human history: the dictatorship. This person with the mike isn’t a principal: she is the voice and the arm of the government.. Ok the Vietnam of the present days is very very different from the Vietnam of the 70’s and 80’s but this situation reminds to me the dictatorships of Russia of Stalin, or the Cile of Pinochet, or the Cina of Mao or the Cambodia of Pol Pot, or the iran of Saddam Hussein. This is an amazing chance to experience first-hand the real life of the country: I’m lucky. After two hours (really) clouds cover the sun...and the teachers bring the kids on lines in the square. This Vietnamese kids are tough: all live. After 2 hours and 15 minutes the torture is finished and the teachers are preparing the shool award ceremony

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    A teacher goes to the mike: I think to call the kids...ohh my God: another hal hour of speech !!!!
    Finally begins the award delivery and as in ever dictatorship the bureaucratic machine misfire. The awards aren’t correctly separated by ages and so after every group delivery the teachers had to check and most of the time change the award. With the awards the kids receive even some album that they can paint

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    Ok the ceremony is over and I can go: I’m a little bit tired, but I think to these kids that had to come back home and probably help the family in the work. The principal smile at me, I smile too, but I’d like to can lash she and force to listen again her speech for almost ten times. Ok I can drive now...without forget the rain...I’m in the monsons time


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    Ha Long

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    Ha Long is a must see not only for foreign tourists, but for every Vietnam people.

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    The seafron is full of luxury hotel (real 5 star) , but my guidebook drive me to a road full of cheap placet: ok 7 $ for a night. I leave my stuffs in the room and go outside to undertand how it works the reservation of a boat journey in the bay. Ha Long is a seaside resort: very interesting to can see the Vietnam people on the beach.


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    I reach the point of embarkation. At the tourist office nobody speaks english, but a lot of people approach tome: I’m the only western tourist at the moment. Rates are from 20 to 100 $( 15 to 75 €). Ok a old woman tell to me 18 $, 4 hours of tour and two visit to the cave in the islands around the bay. Tomorrow at 8 am. Ok

    It’s dinner time, but befor to eat I want to see almost one 5 star hotel: just the hall. I choice one and in fact is a really 5 star location. Staffvery good dressed, english speaking, inside shops, gym, restaurants, piano bar ecc.. Ok after 10 minutes I get out and right outside the hotel, a young man comes close to me and in a not bad english asks to me “ Hey mister, would you like to have some funny boom boom tonight ?” He thinks that I’m a Hotle guest.Ok always you can find pimps near luxury places: maybe could be fun to speak with this guy. “ Would you like to have a nice girl mister ?” And he begin to show to me pictures of girls with a cellular phone...ok the screen is very big, more similar to a tablet: he’s a professional pimp. After some minutes I tell to him that I’d like to have fun, ( boom boom) but I need of 3 girls. He had a big big smile: low season and he can place not 1 but 3 girls at the same time. He asks why 3: I explain that I need of 3 girls and 2 big beds. Ok he understood: 2 girl togheter in one bed and me and the 3th girl in the other bed. “Almost correct my friend” I answer, but while the first 2 girls play togheter, the third has to rope me and cut my skin with a little special knife that I’ve got with me and hit my back with a whip or a belt. Now he’s looking at me with wide-eyed...stammer for a moment, but suddendly says:” Ok mister the price is higher, but ther’s a girl in Ha Long that does this kind of activity” I can’t belive it: in the North of Vietnam, the traditional Vietnam you can find sado maso fun. He shows me a picture with a masked girl hanging a whip. The problem is check if she’s free tonight. A short call and he says that tonight the girl isn’t avilable. Ok I answer: no problem, organze everything for tomorrow night, becuse I’m having a week of rest here in Ha Long . Ok for tomorrow at 6 pm and we shake the hands.


    Ok now is really time to eat

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  9. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    whoo-hoo.... i can't wait til' tomorrow nite!.... you better get some good pictures.....:evil
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  10. explodingmouse

    explodingmouse Been here awhile

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    Loving the report , did you eat the tiec canh vit ( fresh duck blood pudding ) ? When you return your bike please say hello to Mr Hung from mr Paul of Australia. I cant wait to get back next June , also your photos are excellent , thank you very much for the report.
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  11. mechanic

    mechanic Adventurer

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    from Parma (Italy )....Great Ride report!!
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  12. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    my ticket clerk comes to me immediately

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    Ok so is how it works: you’ve got to buy a ticket to visit caves and from the number of stop this people arrange the trip with the ship. In fact the panel with prices and itinerary is a little bit difficult to understand for western tourists
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    Legend says that while Vietnam people were fighting against chinese Army in the bay of Halong Divinity sent some dragons and they began to spit diamonds that became rocks touching the water: so a barrier was created against the invaders and they remained to this day

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    on my boat there are just two families and a couple

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    start

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    the bay is amazing

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    At the first stop I had a picture with this ( I think) High school/First year university class and they applaud to me when I gave my camera to the teacher...ok some minutes as a rock star!

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    first of my two visit to the caves

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    a stop to visit a barge of fishermans

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    ok I’m postin a lot of pics but the Halong Bay is something I’ve never seen before

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    With a japanese accuracy, the boat bring us back at noon and I get my bike to go to take luggages and come back in Hanoi

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    first of all the lunch

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    Just 40 km ( 25 miles) before Hanoi, along an highway, two cops on motorbike stop me. With some english words they let me understand that this strech of the road is forbidden to motorbike. They had check just the motorbike documents and after they showed to me (with the cellular phone) an alternative route. I gesture to them my intention to go to the next exit and then go to the right road. Surprisingly they indicate to me the previous exit , about 80 mt (500 yards) back: wrong way down on a highway ? Ok It’s better to push the bike. They make no non with heads and hands. Just start the bike and drive...ok the police said so and I did in this way, wrong way down both, road and exit. Ahhh Vietnam.
    Back on the right road I stop to a little motorway cafè..you can always find one under the bridges of the street.

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    First thing when I arrived in Hanoi was to fix better the seat. The Flamingo’s mechanic seeing the pillows undertand my problem. They solved it with 5 $ ( 3,9 €). They cutted an used seat and had fixed the pad on the seat. Brilliant: I have now this in Italy: a great souvenir.

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    Today is Friday first of june and I’ll begin my trip to the south of Vietnam. I don’t know if will possible complete the come and back Hanoi-Ho Chi Min City, but in case of lack of time, the Flamingo Travel can arrange the drop off of the bike and I’ll can come back to Hanoi with the night train from Ho Chi Min City in 36 hours.
    To reach Ho Chi Min City I decide to follow as much as possible the Ho Chi Min Trail. This was a group of road (about 10) tha allowed the North Vietnam Army to transporte to the south armies and any kind of support to the military operations in the south during the Vietnam War. ...for more informations please click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh_trail

    The trail run very close to the Laos border and in the mountain

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    I can rest for the breakfast: for sure the Trail will be marked in a cleary way

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    After 70 km (43 miles) I don’t know where I’m: ok lost in Vietnam. I can take it easy: nobody is coming along this road.

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  13. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    In this little city, I saw an internet point and with google maps I notice that the women was exact

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    snack stop

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    No school club: kids stay with the parents while they’re working

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    It’s going dark so I stoped in Bai Tranh

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    I found a Nha Nghi: on the signal ther’s the write Massage, but I didn’t notice at my arrival.

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    After dinner one of the girls that are working here comes back: ohh she washed hair and had dress ch’ange: maybe she’s meting with with some friends.

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    She sit at my table. With phrasebook I try to ask if she’s going to dance. No she answer to me hammering softly my knees with his fist. “ Do you play drums” I try to ask : no. Karaoke ? No. She say massage and point her finger in the direction of my room.. I smile but I say no. From her expression I can understand that she’s upset by my decision. She said in english “ I’m very good massage”, ok doesn’t matter. Her parents were upset to. Rooms are in a line. My window is open and I can see a car arrive and people going in a room. After 20 minutes the girls knocks on my window: she’s smiling and says “Massage massage” and went to the next room.

    In the morning I saw this panel that let better understand the services of this guest house

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    dry in the sun (and on the road) rice and hay is a very common activity in this days

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    I need to ch’ange my dollars in dong, but along the Ho Chi Min Path you don’t find big cities, but in this I saw a bank. No bancomat, but doesn’t matter, I can change my cash dollar. The bank is close: at 11 am ? Strange. Ther’s another one: even this is close. Ohhh today is Saturday, banks are close. At one crossroad I saw a luxury car and in front a jewellery store. The owner is very nice and change my dollars in dong.

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    This farmer,, during a rest lend to me an hammock

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    my friend the rain. This time I take cover under a wodden shed used by some lumberjack

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    I arrive in Dong Hoi a little bit late. I’m not sure wher’s the centre city. Near a bar a girl says to me that she can offer to me a room at her home. So we go with my bike. After 20 minute of turn left and right finally we reach her home. The room is without windows, a bed with a very thin mattress and she ask to me 7 dollar: ok good bye baby. Driving along a big road I see some accomodation. “ guest house are full, but finally I found a hotel that will be the most luxury accomodation of my vacation: I got this shot in the morning.

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    By an incredibile interpretation I convinced the girl of the reception to reduce the price of the room: 6 $ (4,7€)instead of 8 $(6,2€).
    The restaurant of the hotel is closed, but I had seen a little “restaurant” across the road. Very simple menù: just one course meal. Noodle. The owner asks to me as usual : “ An com ?” that means eat. It’s late, I’m tired and I don’t undertand the question. So, surprisingly he asks to me :”Essen ?” I can’t believe it: he speaks German. My memory of high school allow me to speak a basic German, enough to travel and so I could communicate with this man. He’s got even a good pronunciation...oh obviously I had to drink a toast.

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    before to go to sleep, I take a look at the hotel and….a room for the karaoke.

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    they are a family at the endo of a 4 days vacation. Vodka as rain and snack.

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    After the twentieth toast I began to spill the vodka in the fissures of the couch.

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  14. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    My target today is to reach Huè the ancient Imperial Capital of the Vietnam, builded in 1687.

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    breakfast with an excellent vegetables sandwich

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    At this pit stop I finally understood the problem in the reading the oil level: at the first change of oil the mechanic had put too much oil and so the little windows of plastic became of the same dark color and resulted impossible to read the level.

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    In Huè I had reserved a room in a hotel. To find it I stopped to the bus station, near the Ancient Imperial City. Insiade a Nha Nghi (no vacancy) a ten years old girl, using google translator on her laptop helped me to find the right address

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    At 2 pm I was ready to visit the Ancient City

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    Obviously the Forbidden City in Beijing (China) is bigger, but this in Huè is very pleasant to visit.

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    The bombings of the Vietnam War left a mark on the Ancient City that is now in the list of the world heritage of Unesco

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    After the visit I went around Huè that is divided in 2 separated parts. One is organized for tourists,with pizzeria, pubs and clubs. This side had some point of interest but nothing special.

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    A rest in a bar on hte riverside

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    Going around I had found the way to cut and replace the look used to secure the helmet to the bike

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  15. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Great report !!
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  16. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    After Huè I had the last of my “scheduled” stops: the My Son Sanctuary. On the map I can just show more or less where I had the rest: I don’t know it exactly

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    In 1968, durino the Vietnam War in one of the boroughs of My Son ( his name is My Lai) a brutal mass murder of Vietnamese civilians (farmers) was did from United States Army

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    Again on the road, but after few minutes I heard a big noise: Ohh my God, a punture ? No I’m lucky cause the bike is running well. Why stop to check ? If the bike goes everything is fine…thia will be the most big mistake of my vacation: you’ll see why.

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    I arrived at the Memorial in the first afternoon

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    I’m the only visitor

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    This is the third time in my life that I visit a place like this. First was in Vilnius (Lithuania) wher’s a museum in memory of the genocide that Russian Army and the KGB did from late 40’s and 50’s: more than 150.000 people were killed or deported. Second time was in India in the city of Amritsar where , in 1919, the British Army shooted in the park of Jalianwalla Bagh ( a space closed by big walls) to indian people: almost 1516 killed or wounded(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre)

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    You can see just the foundations of the original

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    In every house you can read the names of people killed

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    In a moment of rest I took a look outside the fence. A ricefield with people working and children playng: probably the morning of 1968 was very similar.


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    It’s 3 pm, time to go. Before to start it’s better check the road with my map. And I want to go back on the Ho Chi Min Trail to continue towards Ho Chi Min City. The map, with the guide is in the left saddle bag...no: ok in the right..not even: in the rucksack ? Mhhh I don’t remember. After 20 minutes it’s clear that I don’t have map or guide. Ohhh do you remember the big noise after the Ice Coffee ? It was the pack with map and guide, fallen on the road. Ok: go back to search them ? Noo, I’ near a city it’s better try to look for another map. For the guide, this, in My Lai, was the last scheduled stop. From now I’ve got just geographical point of interest: the South of Vietnam ,Ho Chi Min City and so a map is enough.
    In a bar, a man speaks english and so explain to a guy to bring me to downtown, to buy a map. First we stopped to a stationery store. After 20 minutes thay showed me their only map: a geografical map, bigger than me, to use in the primary school. Ok it’s nice but bulky.
    After we finally found the map in a supermarket: is perfect, made by the Vietnam National Tourism Center.

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    It’s dark, time to stop: if you can see a speed limit, you’ll find even a bed.

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  17. gavo

    gavo Slacker

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    Great report thanks, I do like Vietnam the best
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  18. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    I’m in the mountains and the temperature is going down

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    A stop top ut clothes on and…have a breackfast

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    roads sign are always clear

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    But better safe thab sorry: is better update my paper GPS

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    I saw this meeting, but I could’nt undertend what was it

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    This time I reach a city Gia Nghia but ther’s still sunlight and so I decided to go with the bike around it

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    In an Internet Point I was able to write to my brother my position. Outside there were some kids around my bike. With a map I explained (more or less) my trip and...with faces on fingers we became friend

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    this time I can see a Vietnam disco pub

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  19. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    Today I want to reach Ho Chi Min City: yesterday I had reserved a room in an hotel: normally I use www.hostelworld.

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    Lucky: I&#8217;m on the Dien Bien Phu Boulevard and it&#8217;s on my map: reach the hostel was easy

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    Game plan: now my vacation is more geographical: so I&#8217;d like to can come back in Hanoi with the bike. For this reason I can dedicate just some hours to visit Ho Chi Min City: I can go in the most interetsing points of the City: I can use my map

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    Luxury hotels are very common here&#8230;even my hostel at 4,8 &#8364; ( 6,2$) isn&#8217;t cheap

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    Thursday 7 of June: I&#8217;ve got to remain focused on come back in Hanoi

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    The way back begins with a typical Vietnam day&#8230;rain

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    The security guard looks at me when I stopped the bike in front of the bank: ok I understand to take out my muddy clothes..ohh I can even take my shoes out. Outside the bank ther&#8217;re some slipper for the clients . Ok inside the bank nobody speaks english, but it isn&#8217;t a problem for a tourist that&#8217;s travelling for 3 weeks in Vietnam,,,but to avoid pronunciation mistake I&#8217;ve written a slip

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    In some minute I changed the $..the only strange thing was a man that from the moment I got in the bank to now always was looking at me:::mhh military police ?

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    With my dong I greet everybody and I&#8217;m ready to go to my bike, when the man touch my shoulder and point hes finger at my slippers...My slippers ? Ohh my God this are his slippers !!! I bow and give back the slippers: he waited I had finished.

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  20. momi20

    momi20 Been here awhile

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    sometime, durino my motorbike trips I had to stop to let go cows, buffalos, goats, but never goslings

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    no mistake for dinner: I can see wings

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    the father of this child was building his home

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