Deep into Mekong delta - a weekend ride from Saigon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by LoopsOnWheelz, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. LoopsOnWheelz

    LoopsOnWheelz Adventurer

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    Alright, this is from the last year, back then I was staying in Saigon. I'm thinking, why not to share those pics with fellow enthusiasts instead of them rotting on the hard drive:D

    Ok guys, meet my ride, "The firecracker"!

    "I'll be Africa twin when I grow up!":clap
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    This is your standard ride in Vietnam. Yamaha Exciters and Honda Winners, both 150cc, are kinda serious bikes and Honda XR150 goes into "big bike" category, so don't laugh at my 110CC ride!:-)
    All in all pretty decent little bike, got me thru all kind of terrain, was even standing on pegs, that's how rough it got:lol2 Bit too small for me thou as I'm over 6 foot and definitely not very comfortable if you are on it for like 6 hours.

    But it took me to some amazing places....

    A monastery on the top of the Nui Dinh mountain.
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    Nui Dinh waterfalls IMG_20180828_104011-EFFECTS.jpg

    ...to some water-crossings with sketchy rides over it...

    But what the hell can you expect for 20 cents $!? :nod
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    ...and some dead-ends....

    Shit! Dead-end!
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    It's getting late here, so I'm gonna call it a night and post some more tomorrow! Hope y'all will enjoy the pics as delta's nature is really beautiful. :wave
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  2. HairySheep

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    Very cool, from everything ive seen and heard from family who have been it seems like an incredible place, especially if you go over to Cambodia
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  3. LoopsOnWheelz

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    It's quite nice once when you get out of cities. Saigon is horrible, never ending concrete and gazillion of people, mostly on bikes. Wanna go back for a grand loop, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. That would be an epic ride!
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  4. LoopsOnWheelz

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    Ok, lets ride on...

    When I was taking pics, I never thought I'll be posting them in this context so it isn't exactly in chronological order.
    Anyway...
    That day the rain started just as I went out of the house. 98% of time, over there, If it rains it rains in buckets for like an hour or so and that's it.
    I was like, alright, lets have a Viet coffee at a nearby cafe and then I'll hit the road. However, I caught that 2% of time when it rains less than usual but steadily and drove for almost 6 hours in rain. Not a good idea if your only piece of riding gear is helmet:nah

    It's not that easy to get out of Saigon. The traffic is crazy and dense...

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    ...but after crossing a gigantic bridge....

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    ...taking a ferry...

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    ...and riding for a while, you're finally out of the city...

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    The contrast is amazing, things get quite rural only a stone throw from the madness of Saigon.

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    As it was constantly raining and my only "protection" against rain was a shitty poncho(a standard in Vietnam, poncho made of plastic, works but doesn't cover one properly) I don't have snaps from that part of the trip.
    I used Kurviger app to avoid highways(=High(ly)(crazy)ways in Vietnam) and to have more of scenic ride. The goal was to get to Ben Tre, a city in the delta, and then if time allows to push deeper into the delta to Vinh Long where I was planing to stay for few nights, to explore endless paths, orchards, hamlets and villages in that area.
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  5. LoopsOnWheelz

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    The route that was plotted by the app was pretty good, it took me mainly thru rural areas and if it wasn't for rain, it would be perfect!
    The whole area around Saigon and towards Mekong is criss-crossed by channels and rivers. That meant a lot of ferry crossings on the way to Ben Tre, at a very steep rate of 5000!! Dong per crossing! (cca. 0.25$ :D)

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    ...many dragon fruit plantations spotted along the way..

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    Then after almost six hours I arrived to Ben Tre. Now the crazy part is that I covered around 150km with a stop for a lunch and few stops while i was waiting for ferries. That means the average speed on those back roads I took is about 30 km/hour. If you gonna ride over there I think in most cases you can't count on average speed greater than 50km/hour. One of the reasons why you really don't need more than 150cc over there!

    After arriving to Ben Tre, I decided to overnight there as it was getting dark so I found a government run hotel, think it was around 10$.

    Looks funny, eeh?
    The common area in the hotel.
    On the left and right side you can see windows and entrances of the rooms
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    When I took off my sneakers, turned them upside down, water was literally running out of them. Oh well..I'll buy those Sidi adventure boots one day...

    I needed them dry till morning, under all costs!
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