We woke up bright and early. After breakfast we rode to the Vietnam border .
Getting out of Cambodia...
Immigration was easy... skipped customs :-)
Looking back at Cambodia.
Moc Bai , Vietnam
FJR in Vietnam :-)
After all the plans.....we made it :-) :-) :-)
We did it bro.....
Single star on red...
Ooiiiiiiiii get off.....
Actually he was our local tourist agent with all our paperwork
We had to get local plates
After immigration and customs ,we had to register at the police station...
Actually for everything we didn't have to even go in. Our agent took care of everything.All we did was sit by the bikes :-)
New look .........
We're riding in Vietnam. Hell yeah.............
Toll free for bikes
Everything was new
Wide open spaces
Han says it best :-)
A preview of things to come.
little did we know...
We planed to ride to the central highlands
A short water break and route planning
Day 1's plan
You pay to use the good roads
Sights and sounds of Vietnam
Stopped for a break here.
Soon we were back on the national highway.
Which had patches like this
Then ok again....
We covered miles and miles
Time for a break
Riding through villages here
After this point the roads got bad....
Just remember that Han is holding the camera with one hand ,that means the pictures taken are of the ok parts and not what we suffered through.
These next few pics are of the better parts.
Look at the part infront of me
I'm carrying a pillion....
So Han was carrying her luggage
Thank god we split the weight
Remember....these are the good parts
A few moments of peace....
By the time it got dark, we only covered 200km with another 150 to go.it started to rain. So there we were
tired, wet, cold ,slippery roads and dark. After discussing with Han we decided to stay the night in the nearest town.
So we found this hotel with good parking.
Had a hot meal and crash. Exhausted from the road.
Note. The bad parts of the roads were literally deep craters covering the whole 2 lanes. Where there were 2 lanes. You had to pick the least damaging line. In Laos Han on his DP bike could stand and throttle through. Here no way. We had to physically man handle our bikes through the hell roads. We thought Laos raods were bad , and they were. but this stretch in Vietnam is much worse. Add a pillion in and you see a new level of hell. Good times :-)
Gooooood Mornnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnng Vietnam
View of Kien Duc the next morning
Its only 6am here
Now we could see the hotel proper
Sights and sounds
Soon we were on our way. We were hoping the roads get better.
Actually the roads improved a lot compared to yesterday.Seriously...it was worse than Laos.
A bigger town means good roads
GPS -Guna Pun Sesat
But the views.....
Good roads and great scenery
Today the ride was really fun.
This is the state roads. The only road...
Till suddenly we saw this
When we pulled up the workmen nearby dropped everything and came to look at us
What a way to start the day.....great
FJR in Vietnam
And Red Versys in Vietnam
We took a break and enjoyed the view
On the bike...
Riding though the Central Highlands
Another stop for the view.
In some parts the views were better than Laos( our old benchmark)
Back on the road.
Look at that...
Some parts were beautiful
Soon we were going downhill
Good roads today
We stopped here for the view again
It was just us alone
And the view
Rolling hill as far as you could see
Took a nice break and soon hit the road
And getting better :-)
Oh wait...what :-(
In this part of Vietnam the GPS suddenly lost the road. So we were literally flying in the display
Passing a dam
Its still under construction
So we walked around a bit
And stocked up on memories
After asking some locals we hit the road again
New and wonderful lands
We had great weather throughout the whole ride
The shop lady wanted her picture taken :-)
time to move
More great views
Getting to evening
Which way ???
Left it was ,a short break here
Yamaha's ADVenture bike :-)
And its partner in crime
Remember me saying the views and comparing it to Laos....here you go
Time to ride
Finally reached the low lands
Still nice scenery
Almost at our destination
Safe guarded parking
Time for food.We walked to the restaurant
Some sights along the way
This is outside a hotel owned by a biker
Many vintage models
After a good meal, its was as usual massage and sleep
Every ride has its climax. The 4 nation ride was the China border ,Cambodia ride was my bike in from of Angkor Wat. This rides climax is today
In the morning we took a walk around our resort
It gets better during our ride... :-)
Vietnamese coffee sucks so badly
We wanted to see a nearby attraction first
On the taxi..
Nice beach and view
Then we drove to here
Unfortunately we had to walk.....uphill :-(
By the sea
More ancient temples( after Cambodia)
This is the second tower
What a view
inside of the tower
A final look , and back to the hotel
Bath ,change ,on the bike
Time for the best part of the whole trip(with a small mishap thrown in )
Look at that (it gets better :-)
This stretch of road is one of the most beautiful i've ever seen
Dunes on the left ,wild sea on the right
It was so amazing
This is why we ride
We turned off the road on to this sandy road. Fine sand.
Lots of it and thick
Let me introduce you to the Binh Thuan Desert
So cool to be here
With its oasis. We are actually still far away
On the bike
Look at the roads
And the surroundings
my baby brought me this far
To a desert. Hell yeah
Yes we can.....
Red Vesrys and Dusky Black FJR ,among the dunes
While riding to the dunes proper, Han's front tyre got caught in a large patch of deep soft sand
So his bike got tired and wanted to rest for a while
Everything was ok , so we reached the main parking area. You have to walk to the dunes. Initally we told the guys there we would walk.
Very soon we changed our mind
The path to the main dunes
On the ATV
The climax of the ride . We reached the Deserts of Vietnam.
Yup , its real
See that peak
Zoomed in. Its actually far away and about 6 stories high
2 Malaysian boots made it here .for the first time in our lives. Standing in a desert.
This dune was about 8 stories high. There is no sense of scale unfortunately
Even in the horizon its shrubs over the sand
After the amazing experience, its back on the bike
Today we are headed to Saigon
Its about 300km
Some sights along the way
Suddenly we see cops infront signalling us to stop.
Corrupt motherf***ers .
Apparently we were speeding. 66kmph in a 40 zone .If i ride at 40 i don't know what gear to use ha ha.
As usual money talks. Then they start asking about our bikes. Idiots.
Back on the road.Where 5 minutes later we get pulled over again. We told them we were just stopped and already paid. After a quick phone call to the other roadblock we were let off.
This is the main road to Saigon.Here i'm riding on the shoulder (where all the bikes ride ) to avoid being pulled over again. We passed 5 more road blocks. Probably their doughnut fund is getting low. A**holes.
Ooohhh i'm speeding - 50kmph ha ha ha
Soon we made it to the hell that is Saigon's traffic. I learnt to ride as a student in India. India's traffic loses hands down .
This is after peak hours
After checking in , we took in the sights.
After a good meal and massage ,guess what .........we slept :-)
**To be continued