Next Stop Vietnam...and Laos

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. thirsty 1

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    Fantastic! Thanks for the pictures Sir!! AND Happy New Year!!!! Cheers and happy goin!
    Do you have a mapish type thing of the areas traveled and traveling to?
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  2. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Happy New Year! Here’s a mapish type thing! The gaps in my track are where I forgot to turn it on:) CE19A681-489C-4B6F-B982-78F4016A7D66.png
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    The Sun is out and the view from our place is great. All the vegetables and herbs grow right out on the lawn! CE941F79-474C-4617-8410-7AE388207AC5.jpeg There’s even security for the bikes. C5E7AB6D-948E-4E71-9F34-7F854B950D50.jpeg Local shop has fruit, snacks, beer gasoline, nail salon... D37E8080-3FCD-46E0-AEEA-C0AF5E74C30D.jpeg which is great because Sascha got a flat. We carried tubes since nobody local rides ‘Big Bikes’ like our XR150s, but don’t have tools. Less than $6 to change out the tube. F0CC40F6-D9E0-44E5-9CA6-2F5441B5FB1D.jpeg They fed us papaya while the husband changed out the tube and his wife filled liter water bottles with petrol. 1C999375-32FE-4489-8A34-73BB7FD0F8CC.jpeg 53DA682A-211B-460C-AB46-DEA6167C9CF3.jpeg
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    Vietnam in 1972, this reminds me of monkey's harassing the stray dogs on our base. They'd mount the dogs like a horse and try to ride them, scaring the poor dogs trying to get the monkeys off their back. Another memory was commodes were rare in the rural area, and when locals used them they squatted with their feet on the commode lid to do their business. In my local farmers market, with a lot of Asian workers, they have signs inside the bathroom stalls saying, "Don't stand on the commode".

    Thought this was so backwards...then I was at Lowes Building Material a few weeks ago and they are selling new low "more efficient" commodes. How the world turns, we were doing it wrong all along. :lol3

    Thanks for sharing your ride.
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    Phlyn' Phil Been here awhile

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    Nice report, been following along since the start.
    I have a couple questions for you as I just realized im3 weeks out of jumping on that plane to BKK, and will be is the NAM as well whilst there.
    What if anything did you do for vaccinations, recommended is typhoid and hep A.
    What did you do for a drivers license, just know noticed stateside ones dont work.
    Thanks in advance, and I had Pho today, just to get things flowing.
    Phill
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  6. 95Monster

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    My vaccinations are pretty thorough since I’ve been traveling for over a year now. (Not in SE Asia but...) In addition to hep A &B, typhoid, tetanus, I added rabies and encephalitis for Vietnam. I doubt I really need them but without the vaccine both are fatal. You may not have time to get them now as it’s a series of shots over a month.

    In addition to US Drivers License, I have an International DL, even though it’s from another convention to what Vietnam accepts. Nobody here thinks it matters. We’ve been here for a month and seen quite a few police checkpoints near cities like Hanoi and Danang and never been stopped. They just wave. (But if you get in an accident with a local, regardless of who is at fault, it might be bad.)

    Start eating pho for breakfast so you’re really prepared. You’ll have an awesome time. I’m not exactly sure of my itinerary but Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are on the agenda. Send a message when you get this way!
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    Cannon battery overlooking the harbor. 4ED51EF4-5501-4C57-9999-C2846C409005.jpeg BC661B57-E409-4060-AEA2-F1050CC7F1D2.jpeg There seems to be some ammo left. 4336F15C-D44E-47F1-BE95-FAF3A6301B06.jpeg Nice spot up here to repel pirates. 8A7B56BB-D55B-4FED-AE39-1B1C078F7EB7.jpeg A2628754-0821-4BCC-AB29-503FEEEA12E2.jpeg Time to leave the island and head for Hanoi. A233FE15-8274-4AAF-8F7C-86E7B9FE82DF.jpeg 42828CE2-E076-4650-8ACE-EC0E3D75B2E0.jpeg 621AEF6A-FA82-45C4-9E63-46CC84127587.jpeg
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  8. battdoc

    battdoc Old Enough

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    Keep cashing in on fun George, I love it.

    Cheers!
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    Wish you were here, Battdoc. The riding, and everything else, is epic!
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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Most excellent!
    Heavy duty "spokes" on that bike in the tire change "shop"!!! haha.

    Keep on truckin".
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    The ferry took us from Cat Ba to Haiphong. Then we motored to Hanoi in about 3 hours. Bikes aren’t allow on the major highway so it was slow going at times. Coming over the last bridge into the city, Kerstin got a flat, 6kms away from Tigit’s office! Luckily there was a shop at the bottom of the bridge. 892D0915-3C8C-44B0-8999-C9F60CEA0D68.jpeg The guys at the shop were super nice and fixed it in a few minutes. Then we dove into Hanoi traffic. E89AF269-D0CC-4A1A-914C-C78B1962FA9D.jpeg 0699BAE4-0C49-409D-A04D-CA63261F495D.jpeg After they returned their bikes and I extended my contract for another month, we found some food F6E6414D-B680-4C0E-92F1-237A4E699D27.jpeg and a SkyBar for a night cap. 69B69BC0-89A5-4AB4-B66D-CAF1D24E95CE.jpeg 86C1D8C5-F542-449E-875E-1AC7FE057EEB.jpeg
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  14. 95Monster

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    I need a visa for Laos. And as of January 1st, you can no longer get one at the overland borders. So a trip to the Embassy of Laos was in order. On the walk there, I had passport photos made, which are required with the visa app. C5B9F760-1EC7-4080-8E3F-B530A4AF1DCC.jpeg I arrived at the embassy, filled out an app, submitted the photos and my passport. The official said to come back at 3pm and to bring $50 US. 3C26FB66-CE33-424E-89EB-55C3F009325A.jpeg After the hot and sweaty walk thru the insane streets of Hanoi, I decide to take a Grab scooter back to the embassy to pick up my visa.

    Okay, so Grab is like Uber, a rideshare app that enables you to hail a ride with your phone. And with Grab, you can hail a scooter. Why not? One reason not to is we’re motorcyclists. Giving up control and riding on the back is terrifying! And in Hanoi traffic wearing a $2 helmet and flip flops! I almost walked back after I picked up my Visa. But that’s wimpy and I’m lazy so I called another Grab and gritted it out. My shoulder and arm muscles are cramped and sore from holding on... as I watched beautiful Asian women ride by side-saddle in skirts and heels talking on their phones. AF438622-D829-4162-A05F-DFE7B8D04449.jpeg The scooter pilot in green is a Grab driver. But mission success! 85933D71-D864-4A52-8BBF-8FD64FD0AB10.jpeg
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  15. JimsBeemer

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    That made me laugh. I spent a lot of time in Asia (but never Vietnam Nam!) before I retired, and I have seen it all (I think!) when it comes to scooters, and I can so easily picture this - both the women ridding side saddle and you hanging on for dear life! Would be me as well!

    And while I have the floor can I say I kind of hate you just a little . Nearly every morning I catch up on a few ride reports, yours included, before Carol and I hit the road. And because you made a point of the connection by pointing out the purposeful choice of trip report tittle, I’ve been ridding through Patagonia with Country Joe and the Fish on tape loop, just the chorus because that’s all I remember, All day nearly every day. Can’t get it out of my mind! Lol

    Seriously, I’m loving your report. But seriously tired of that song looping as well!

    And last serious note; I missed the war by just a few years, something I didn’t really appreciate until I was older. I have known quite a few VN vets, and it has been interesting (needs a better word but that’s all I got) to read the thoughts and comments to your trip by some of those who were there during the war. Makes me stop and think, all kinds of things. Good dialog. Great trip.
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    Glad to have you following along, Jim . I am really sorry about the song though. Maybe another song from Woodstock will fix it... Joe Cocker, perhaps? Leave some wine for the travelers behind you
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    Hey man! Happy new year! Im a little late to the party but had fun catching up! Epic photos of an epic adventure so far! Keep sharing the great photos. Wish I was there for some of those roads! Wow!
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    I wish it too, but this time I'll have to enjoy it through you guys. Ride safe!
    Cheers!
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    Hey Matt! Sorry I’ve been radio silent but my local SIM card won’t send you messages.

    How about bail on the DV ride and meet me in Thailand for MotoGP? Huh? It would be the cat’s pajamas. Otherwise, I’ll be back for Death Valley
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    While I don’t have any of The Macallan on hand, I do have a little Jack to toast the Ghost Rider as I look across the river into China. Godspeed, Neil Peart 921227D7-7E98-4DE9-BBD5-46BBDE7BC284.jpeg If you’re not familiar with his book “Ghost Rider” it may be worth a look. He lost his teenaged daughter then shortly after that tragedy, he lost his wife to cancer. Devastated, he climbed onto his motorcycle and rode himself well. The book chronicles his travels through grief and North America. Great writer. Heard he was a pretty good drummer too.
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