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Vietnam

The Mighty Mekong

We have found a cafe with speedy internet so lots of pictures today! So much to see along our route, mostly manufacturing from boats (below) with enormous lengths of hard wood, brick kilns, hessian looms with rapid fire clak clak clak, each product dominates for a few miles, interspersed with crop processing, (mostly drying rice,aromatic … Continue reading »

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5* luxury!

              In Phan Thiet we stayed in The Palms, hidden down a track next to a golf course, delicious breakfasts, only guests, nice pool too.  It is the first of 3 nice hotels in a row.  When we left Phan Thiet  we cycled along coastal roads 719 and 709 … Continue reading »

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The driest town in Vietnam :-))

At last, glorious sunshine, blue blue sky, and a pretty and quiet hotel by a golf course.  Staying two nights and enjoying Phan Thiet, the driest town in Vietnam. There’s a thriving port here, fishing boats in and out of the harbour, repairs in boatyards,  great local food.  We cycled to a resort and swam: … Continue reading »

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Da Nang and Hoi An

After 70km of quiet roads the horns and chaos of Da Nang was brutal! Found a LP hotel on the river, splendid views of a city bursting with development: 5 modern bridges, wide boulevards, new business towers and hotels with quirky names (Happiness Hotel, Hotel Brilliant). The Dragon bridge especially impressive. These ducks were being … Continue reading »

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Historical Hue

So here we are on a beach at Lang Co, just north of High Van pass south of Hue, waiting for a break in the rain!  Note my dress, brought along for the odd stay in a posh hotel and to meet Eamons friends in Bangkok and Mark and Louise in Dubai.  Wearing out here … Continue reading »

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A karst of thousands!

First I have to share with you our journey south from SaPa to Hanoi.  We could only get top bunks of 3, hard seats, really hard! Poor Charles having to deal with public transport, in fact just with Joe Public!! It is impossible to hire a car here but motorbikes are only $5/day!!  And Charles … Continue reading »

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A room without a view!!

We took an overnight sleeper train to Lai Cai from Hanoi so we could visit the mountains around SaPa.  Only 38km to the town from the station.  That was the hardest climb of my life!  We started at The Red river (first cycled for a view of the border with China) at 100m and climbed … Continue reading »

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Cycling grit

First job, fix Charles’ bike.  There are any number of workshops repairing mopeds but it took a while to find this Giant shop near Central station (20 Kham Thien) that sold and fitted a shimano derailer, new cables and fixed gear shifter for $40.  This lad is a gifted bike mechanic. Next all the tourist … Continue reading »

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A sticky situation

Shed building ideas!  Now in Hanoi and the traffic is incredible.  Look carefully at photo below.  This guy caused utter chaos with his long metal pole.  He pulled out into flowing traffic from his left, but no shouting, no aggression, everybody weaves around everyone else.  Way safer to cycle than try to walk across roads, … Continue reading »

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Rooms with a view

CatBa is a stunning island, spent two nights in this shabby hotel but stunning views then two days on a boat trip into the islands.  Lots of swimming, ‘kysaking’ through caves into beautiful enclosed bays, and delicious food!  We were the only ones to sleep on the boat, luxurious, with our own guide, chef and … Continue reading »

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