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VIETNAM | Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | Views [369]

It was sound advice to be giving after a month in Vietnam. “One thing a day” I was saying to Daniel. “If you get one thing done a day you can be happy”. We were talking about getting our bikes fixed, but it applies to most things in Vietnam.... Read more >


Photos: Phong Nha National Park

VIETNAM | Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

Tien Son Cave, Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave
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Phong Nha

VIETNAM | Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | Views [796]

Starting the day with a motorbike stack isnt much fun. Lucky for me its not me or my bike involved, but my recent acquaintances, Dan, and his hired scooter. Exiting the downhill driveway from the farmstay and turning left, Dan makes the mistake ... Read more >


Photos: Khe Sanh to Phong Nha

VIETNAM | Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

A long, long days ride
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Khe Sanh to Phong Nha

VIETNAM | Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | Views [1100]

Ho Chi Mihn West is one of the best riding roads I’ve ever been on. It twists and turns, rises then falls and for the whole time im largely on my own in a beautiful national park. However, I had a problem. Tam’s advice in Dong Ha was crap.... Read more >

Tags: ho chi mihn west, khe sanh, phong nha


Hue to Khe Sanh

VIETNAM | Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | Views [2342]

Hue is the most civilized Vietnamese City that I would visit and marks the halfway point up Vietnam’s coast. The Citadel (impressive) and tombs (which to me, are vulgar and would be the worst place to spend eternity) it merited no more than two ... Read more >

Tags: dmz, dong ha, hue, khe sanh, phu loc, vinh moc


Photos: Hue to Khe Sanh

VIETNAM | Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

Valley ridge ride, Hue to Khe Sanh to Dong Ha to Vinh Moc to Khe Sanh
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Dak Glei to Hue

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | Views [908]

Well on the tourist trail, the former port town of Hoi An is now defined by its many tailors and beach resorts and accordingly is one of the most expensive places in Vietnam to spend time. None the less it’s an enjoyable place to spend a few days ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cafes, hivan pass, honda 67, marble mountains, monkey island, my son, tailors


Photos: Hue

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

A day in Hue
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Photos: Dak Glei to Hue

VIETNAM | Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

Dak Glei, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hi Van Pass, Marble Mountains, Monkey Island, Hue
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Dalat to Dak Glei

VIETNAM | Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | Views [2081]

I had been told by other riders I had met in Saigon that the road from Dalat to Nah Trang was amazing. They weren’t wrong. Slipping the bike into neutral it was silent and fast downhill riding for over an hour. The view to the coast through a steep ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, ho chi minh trail, laos border, minority villages, mud trails.., paddle boarding


Photos: Dalat to Dak Glei

VIETNAM | Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat

VIETNAM | Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | Views [927]

Arriving back in HCMC from Cambodia Suzi wasn’t happy. She had developed a tapping top end which meant one of two things, either the valves required adjustment or the rockers were gone. Making matters a bit more stressful, I   had not thought ... Read more >


Photos: Vietnam - HCMC Round 2 and Dalat

VIETNAM | Sunday, 8 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

Kampot, Kompong Trach, Phnom Penh, Pursat, Battambang, Sisophon, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham
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Run in with the boys in khaki

VIETNAM | Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | Views [311]

So today Suzi 125 and I found the only speed camera in Vietnam! We had crossed the border from Cambodia back to Vietnam about an hour before and were cruising in the car lane, just coming out of a town. A man dressed in khaki jumped into the middle of ... Read more >

Tags: stopped for speeding


14 Days in Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | Views [1363] | Comments [1]

After an eventful border crossing into Cambodia (see highlight blog entry) I was instantly satisfied. The contrast to the Mekong Delta was shocking and I was met with the beauty of rice field lined open roads that the Delta failed to provide. Cambodia ... Read more >


6 Days through the Mekong Delta

VIETNAM | Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 | Views [678]

Jack, Gemma, Thomas and I rode out of Saigon on Monday 18 June. We arrived at My Tho late in the evening and were met by a Vietnamese welcoming party of one. This would become a common occurrence, guys waiting for tourists to rock in to town, to either ... Read more >


Photos: Vietnam - Mekong

VIETNAM | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery


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5 Days in HCMC

VIETNAM | Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | Views [1542] | Comments [1]

Arrived in HCMC/Siagon on Wednesday 16 June and took a hectic taxi ride to the centre of town (about $8 for a 40min trip – its not far, but traffic is slow, more of this later!). Checked into the Lofi Inn, just west of the city centre and right ... Read more >


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