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VietHorse 08-27-2013 07:43 AM

::: 4 Nation ride - Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - Thailand
 
Well, we have done couple of trips like that, however they are all organized by a tourist company and we had all logistics and administration support.
This time, we decided to go by our own. It seems really easy task for other countries, but not for those we are going to ride thru. Crazy procedures, or no procedure at all.
We all don't have much free time, so that we have tried to maximize our trip duration by apply leave Friday and afternoon Thursday. Plus two days weekend, then we have 3.5 days for the trip.

VietHorse 08-27-2013 08:00 AM

Day #1 ~ 400km from Hochiminh City (Vietnam) to Stung Treng (Cambodia).


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We had twelve bikes for the trip. Some of them with passengers.
Noon time, at the muster point:

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Quite clear road during lunchtime, so we moved with quite good speed.
As near to the border, the road condition turned pretty bad, lots of pot holes, loose gravel, all kinds of offroad stuff...
Well, this is what we did not expect, however we knew it would be happened.
A Multistrada got punched, by a sharp stone:

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This Multistrada seemed ok with the road:
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And of course, for my GS:

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GS really showed up it's consistent of handling ability as well as providing comport to the rider. It also proved me quality of the new Heidenau tire set, which I have just install with some km before this trip:
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Better road at the end of Vietnam roads:
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We reached the border gate. It's a really small check-point. Noticed there are very minimum movement of personnel and vehicles across the border.
Still did not know how sure the guys would let us go:
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VietHorse 08-27-2013 08:21 AM

Closer to the check point office:
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12 bikes, all types of bike:
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I was really there:
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After a while, we had the plan to head back!:
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Looks on this sign board - it's our hope at that point.
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Just stopped on the edge...
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VietHorse 08-27-2013 11:47 PM

Finally, we were allowed to get thru Vietnam border. Now to register at the Cambodia side:
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Hit the road again, guys:
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Good road condition, empty traffic...
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We decided to have dinner at this place, as we don't know where and how long we would see the restaurant again.
We had also been informed that the remain road from their to Stung Treng gonna be very bad:
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Well, just happy with what we have had. These two sport-bike riders did not care what they would face in next couple of hours:

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Anh ấy lc ny vẫn cn đang sung lắm!
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VietHorse 08-28-2013 11:20 AM

We decided to continue riding and rest the night at Stung Treng as initial plan.
Someone told us that the road from there to Stung Treng is very bad, however, we did not think it is such bad!! And it's around 200km long.
That was unforgettable night! All of us were exhausted with the road. Can't tell how bad it was. It was paved road, however we don't know because of poor maintenance or over loaded vehicle, there were several big pot holes, lose sand, soil and stone... My GS many time almost dumped into the bloody big hole and the canals across the road. Poor the sport bikes, BMW S1000RR, Yamaha R6 and CBR600, it was the nightmare for them.
We had to stop several times along the road. At least two times for punched tires, some times because of two tired riders, one time the S1000RR need more gas (from other bike's tank)

Reached hotel in Stung Treng almost mid night.
Here 's what we got for the first (half) day:

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After checked in, we went out for supper. Don't really know why the meal was so expensive.

VietHorse 08-28-2013 11:27 AM

Day #2 ~ 230km from Stung Treng (Cambodia) to Pakse (Laos).

Tracklog:
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Gold River Hotel, stationed just beside the Mekong river. Nice and well equipped hotel. I think it was $25 for a twin bed room, without breakfast, with free wifi, large parking area.

Nice views from my room:
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Our guys were there to prepare the bikes:
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Met an US biker - Jake - He told us that he had been riding there in Southeast Asia for around 20years. He made the map, which I can't recall the name. Asked him for the road from there to Pakse, he said all well paved road.
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Went for a breakfast:
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Food there is almost same as what we have in Vietnam. They even provide us Vietnamese coffee.
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We also found that there are a lot of people who can speak Vietnamese fluently:
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There was no ATM or credit card machine, or something like that. So to be survived, need to be well prepared with cash:
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We departed around 9:30 AM.

nomad guy 08-28-2013 01:38 PM

Oh man, stop the food pics. You are killing me:D
I really miss the part of the world.
It is amazing to see all this big bike from Vietnam. On 2006 my xr250sm
seemed to be the largest bike in HCMC and beyond.

VietHorse 08-29-2013 03:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nomad guy (Post 22203430)
Oh man, stop the food pics. You are killing me:D
I really miss the part of the world.
It is amazing to see all this big bike from Vietnam. On 2006 my xr250sm
seemed to be the largest bike in HCMC and beyond.

Ok ok, I won't post such pix again :wink:. Sorry for making you being like that :freaky
Hmmm, I think there were many more bigger bikes in HCMC around 2006. Just because you may not saw them on road.

VietHorse 08-29-2013 03:49 AM

The seconday began with not a good sign. With very kind support from the hotel manager, we could not find anyone around Stung Treng who can deal with the rear tire.
Most likely the CB1000 would not be able to pass Laos-Thailand border.
We passed the Mekong river, and the sun was shined very hot. Hmm, this area seemed much hotter than in HCMC.
It was even hotter when we faced with this bloody issue!!
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Dang, it quite a nail:

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And worse, it is not tubeless tire.
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And we did not have any spare tube.

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This Africa twin seems to be the only one in Vietnam. The owner of this bike did not intend to ride this bike for this trip. He had planed to pass Phnom Penh to exchange with his GSA, which is stored there. However, due to long long process at the Vietnam border, we could not make a passing by Phnom Penh in the day 1.

Hmm, Multistrada looks safer:
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And of course, my GS also:
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VietHorse 08-29-2013 03:56 AM

We decided to split into two group.
One stayed to deal with the Africa twin. And the other one proceed to Cambodia - Laos border for checking the procedures and others.

I was heading to the border.
Reached the border without any issue. The officers there they speak Vietnamese quite well:
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Asked for the procedure, informed the other group, and take a rest, to wait for them to appear:
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The tire work took more time than what we though, and we proceeded to check out from Cambodia:
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Now to Laos' checkpoint:
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Passport control office:
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Almost done!
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Fasnacht 08-29-2013 11:57 AM

Cool report and awesome food pics...:tb Think it's great that you are able to get together in such large groups where everyone appears to be smiling and having fun on the ride.

VietHorse 08-29-2013 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fasnacht (Post 22210884)
Cool report and awesome food pics...:tb Think it's great that you are able to get together in such large groups where everyone appears to be smiling and having fun on the ride.

Thanks.
Btw, You can follow my signature for more food pix. :freaky.

VietHorse 08-29-2013 09:20 PM

The front group done the Passport control at Laos side. Now for the bikes:

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Happy time - to forget the bloody high temp there at noon time:
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The Laos officer was pretty nice guy. He have studied in Vietnam for 5-6 years or so, he can speak Vietnamese quite well. Very helpful guy.

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Done with bike's paperwork, we headed to the Khone Phapheng waterfall - the larget Waterfall in Southeast Asia. Link for more info about the waterfall.
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In Laos, "Huay" means Bridge, I think:
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Really sunny, really hot:
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It's one of adventure styles:
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Reaching the waterfall:
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Ticket to get into the tourist area and for bike park:
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SR1 08-30-2013 12:16 AM

:clap

VietHorse 08-30-2013 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SR1 (Post 22215340)
:clap

:freaky


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