Wandering around Vietnam May 2019

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  1. Seth S

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    I’ve been in this forum for a while now and I’ve written a ride report or two since I joined. I decided to post this report for something a little different. Inspired by @mb300 ‘s report. This is in process as I go.

    In spring of 2016 I started a new role in the company I have worked for since 2005. In this new position i travel a lot....50% of the time. And when 2017 rolled around I was traveling to Europe and Asia on a regular basis. In Summer of 2017 I met my fiancé while on a work trip to China. She also works for the same company but in Vietnam. Since that first trip we have traveled around Europe, China, and Vietnam together. This trip is for our engagement and wedding. A chance for my family to meet hers. And to take everyone around a bit. Then in a week she and I are renting a Honda crf250L and spending 5 days together at s mountain retreat and doing some riding. So I’ll post some pictures and thoughts as we go. There will be some scooters and some motorcycles too.
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    I'm looking forward to reading all about it
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    Outstanding, congratulations!
    Have a great time!
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    And a rarity sitting on the tarmac.
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    A side bonus of traveling so much for work is having airline miles and hotel points and status. I’ve been to Vietnam many times and I’ve flown my share of economy and comfort level seats....which is quite tiring on a 14 hour flight. Spread across 3 flights and 22 hours in the air it’s exhausting. So for this trip I cashed in 250k miles and flew delta one all the way. Such a difference. Actually slept a solid 10 hours on the 14 hour leg. So arriving in Hanoi I wasn’t a zombie for once.
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    860EFDDF-A345-454F-AB96-423EBD4B4CC6.jpeg An unfortunate reality of the “car” only roads in Hanoi.
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    EE0336D4-11E6-4E25-B7F7-4756F2C5CC67.jpeg 8C311468-A818-43A4-BAF7-B01C1769CA95.jpeg This is Toto. He is a silly little dog but loves me like crazy and gets super excited when I come to visit. Mostly because I was here when he was a puppy and I seem to have imprinted on him :)
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    Yesterday was a holiday in Haiphong though I’m a little unsure as to what day exactly that it was. But it was one of few days for fireworks. Also the first time I have been close enough to a major fireworks display that the debris ended up raining down on us.
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    1628C496-3E44-410F-8D21-F01E67A95C4B.jpeg I’m also on the IH8MUD forum as I have an 84 FJ60. While we were riding across Hanoi in a taxi I saw a short wheel base 70 series Land Cruiser with some nice mods. I posted on MUD about it and found the owner. Pretty small world.
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    Busy couple of days entertaining family and friends. Had our engagement Sunday morning and wedding party Sunday night. It’s a full day of ceremony and lots of process.

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    172A9C5E-81CD-48A4-AB43-F3B58BC7E4E4.jpeg My family and friends stayed in Hotel Des Manoir in Haiphong. Was a great place with nice rooms and friendly staff. 3 rooms for 3 nights with one room being a suite cost $750. I forgot to get photos of the rooms but my dad probably did.
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    Whisper nature bungalows. About $20/night with food.
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    Caught in the rain at the end of the valley

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    Down in Da Nang for a couple of days after an hour flight on Vietnam Airlines. Having Hilton diamond status from work pays off big here in the brand new Hilton. Getting treated like royalty is always fun

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    Currently in a shop in Hoi An getting custom suits made. A dark grey cashmere suit with a silk lining for $150 is pretty hard to beat. Will post photos later.
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    I like that more relaxed street life in previous shots. A little more elbow room.
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