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gavo 12-09-2011 06:36 AM

Vietnam 2011 yeeha
We arrived in Ha Noi at about 10:30pm on a flight from Siem Reap Cambodia After a break in bike ride see link
We were still having fun and looking for more. We'd arranged a 7 day nth east trip with" off road Vietnam".
A day for a look around before the ride
the touristy things around Ha Noi
How ever the next day we had some bike riding to do
After collecting the bikes and our guide Linh, this was our regroup point on the outskirts of town, notice how clean we are
then out on a road that went through the sawmilling section of the neighbourhood
then on to some of the farming areas around Son Tay
We were to see one of these strapped to the back of a bike later on, I wonder if it was empty

gavo 12-09-2011 06:54 AM

Plenty of high walls too ,maybe to keep the water in the fields
then a few k's down the road we get pulled over by the police
Apparently one of our crew had their pic taken whilst speeding, the photo shows David numberplate so they take our guides licence and say he can come back in a week and pay 500,000 dong (about $25) and collect his licence. Then He jumps on his bike and we all ride off WTF? :lol3 later we give him the money and he say alls good.
Day 1 lunch stop
and very nice it was
one of many river crossings
Are you having a good time---shit yeah
a nice waterfall

SR1 12-09-2011 06:54 AM

AWESOME. More!!!

Wolfgang55 12-09-2011 08:24 AM

So a member of your group was pix breaking the traffic rules & your guide get busted.......ok.

Jacl-Kampuchea 12-09-2011 09:05 AM

^It's S.E.A. That's how things go:lol3

pirate63 12-09-2011 12:04 PM

Bring it on! :clap:clap
Brings back great memories

usgser 12-09-2011 12:34 PM

Great photos of a great country.
Me an my lady went back in 89 and loved it! Only snaffu was back before the official year of tourism (91) you could only travel on gov'mt bus tours and the central highlands were OFF LIMITS. Anyway we hired a driver and a 67 Chev and made for Pleiku since I was based there for a few months in 70. Life was good hanging en route in Dalat till the gov soldiers showed up. Bought our way out of that mess with cigarettes and high tailed it back to Saigon for the first plane to Bangkok. Sad really cause the country is great and the locals even better. Pan B was to retire near Nha Trang or Vung Tau but apparently the Wall street suits had other plans for my retirement money.
Thanks for the pics and memories


gavo 12-09-2011 01:22 PM

Ok, after the waterfall we headed towards Tuyen Quang along a road next to this lake that I think was called Ho Thac Ba
and our first home stay of the trip
Things weren't quite ready when we arrived.
Linh says who is for a swim
so its off to the lake and a boat.
Hmmm needs plastic chairs
and back to homestay. some of the little ones who laughed when I showed them their photo on the camera

Dinner, sorry crap pic
then the endless toasts, just an excuse to drink rice wine, which taken in shot glasses is not to bad a drink. It doesn't go straight to your head like say whisky but slowly creeps up on you then smacks you in the ear :lol3
this 20ltr drum was his rice wine supply and since his shot glass was twice the size of everyone elses, he must like a drink :wink:
some goodbyes in the morning ,a group photo and away
next we're headed to Bang Lung

gavo 12-09-2011 06:54 PM

On the road to Bang lung
and a lunch break
fed and watered it was on to our next homestay
We were going to do a river crossing here just for the hell of it even though there's a bridge ,although under repair but the crossing was blocked by this
The truck could not use the bridge due to its very poor condition, they got stuck then ripped the tail-shaft out :cry
they spent the night there
I walked about 1km up the road and took a couple more pics in this quiet rural village
So after a couple of beers and watching the only entertainment it was back for dinner and some more rice wine :evil
out the front of our homestay and the parting photo. Our host worked as a public servant and looked well dressed in his grey suit before jumping on his bike to go to work

John Smallberries 12-10-2011 09:06 AM

Fantastic trip - great photos - thanks for sharing!

gavo 12-17-2011 04:52 AM

OK off towards Ba Be
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then a stop at Phu Thong ( don't hold me to that name) for some bike issues
this fellow wanted his photo taken , sooo
then a walk around the corner to the local market to buy a pillow for my wife's butt :lol3
and an interesting sign out the front
back on the road
a smoke stop on the way
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road coming into Ba Be
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to the view from our homestay at Ba Be

gavo 12-17-2011 03:16 PM

On arrival we settled in then it was walk down to the lake for another boat ride :clap
then into this gorge
some of the local water traffic
then a walk of about 1km to some very nice falls
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then return and dinner and more rice wine :evil

RicT 12-17-2011 06:17 PM

My girlfriend's mother got out during The Fall in '75. She (my girlfriend) went back with her mom a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the country. We are in the process of planning a trip, so I am really enjoying your pictures! Have fun and stay safe!

heffe 12-17-2011 08:16 PM


gavo 12-17-2011 08:42 PM

Ok breakfast next morning is banana fritters :clap and honey and this fruit which I think was called dragon fruit which tastes fairly bland despite it's colourful appearance
If you look back a few pic's ago to the view from our homestay deck there's a piece of bamboo sticking out and just below that a diagonal line in the forest on the other side of the valley. This is the road we take.
Heading out of town.
and some where over there is our previous nights homestay
we start to climb
came across the buildings in the middle of nowhere, unfinished ,no body about
and we kept climbing
and higher then came across this Zhou village
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still higher then over the pass
Got a bit foggy :eek1
Two of us ran out of fuel and went onto reserve on this pass. At this place which was at Nguyen Binh I think, we had lunch.
On the menu ,chips ,pork,and the things in the foreground are fried bee larvae which were pretty nondescript but the sauce to go with them was nice.
we got fuel at Tinh Tuc which was only 2ks in the wrong direction the about turned and headed down the mountain
remember how I mentioned how clean we were near the beginning of the thread, not so now :lol3
We arrived in Cao Bang and checked into a hotel. the view from my room
Had a shower got cleaned up and went for a wander around town
more later must go :D

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