Monday, May 7, 2012
3 weeks into the Vietnam journey....
... and today we sold our Motos. After the first couple of days in Nha Trang, Chris and myself bought 2 Motos to tour the country the Vietnamese way. It started off with buying two local used semi-automatic "Motos" which were already registered, as you can not register a Moto under your own name if you are only 1 month in the country. The process was pretty smooth and
we were counting on the foreigner bonus of not being stopped by the police (which worked out perfectly). After some more shopping for Moto gear and for me getting used to actually driving a Moto we set off north on the coast line to travel to Hanoi....
Despite the fact of non-existing traffic rules, mad bus drivers and bad roads it was a lot a fun.
Traffic in Vietnam is a bit more reckless than in Cambodia but still follows common sence rules such as - whomever is bigger than you has the right of way, what you can't see does not exist and therefore needs to watch out for you, who stops "looses" so keep flowing.
The result of the first 30 minutes of our travels... we lost our "beat-box" which was supposed to entertain us while driving and had a flat tire. Not particularly a good start - but the drives the first 2/3 days along the coastline was worth it. Beautiful views, a bit of reckless truck-driver driving which kept one on its toes and a lot a fun with the Motos. Well at least for me as it was my first "Motorbike" experience... Chris is actually driving a racing bike at home, so I am not sure
how he felt about the 110cc of his Moto. He will tell you in a guest-entry once we are in Saigon.
After 3 days of driving, the Motos started to wear off on us as making 130 km a day took us easily 4 hours, so we took some more off-riding days and enjoyed what Vietnam had to offer. Unfortunately not to much other than a beautiful coast line. We made our way over a couple of days/stops up to Hue, where we put the bikes on a night-bus and made the last 700km up to Hanoi that way.
Hanoi is a overwhelming place, which is super busy and I am sure it would be a great place to visit if you know local people, but as we don't it feels a bit to busy and annoying so we took the bikes out again and went to Ninh Binh a more peaceful place to see some more nature and tomorrow we are setting off to Halong Bay apparently a stunning site. Well we booked a party boat trip with other young tourists so it should be interesting.
More updates are coming soon