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Old 05-15-2012, 07:29 PM   #91
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Awesome RR. Makes me want to go back! My parents lived in Vung Tau for 5 years and I have been over there 3 times and have enjoyed it more every time. Seeing that iced coffee made me drool! Much respect goes out to you and your friend for having the balls to ride over there. The locals drive CRAZY and if your head isn't on a swivel you're going to be in trouble! For anyone who hasn't been there I recommend going sooner rather than later because Vietnam is a fast changing country and is becoming more and more westernized so make sure to see it before there is a starbucks on every corner!
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:17 PM   #92
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Thank you for bringing back so many memories of my three tours in Vietnam. I always enjoyed the people and their culture.

Even though I was engaged in a war in a far off land I had and have no malice or hatred of those who fought against us. And you are so correct when you wrote about carrying so much on our backs! I guess that is why war is waged by young, strong men and women.

Thank you or sharing your wonderful story.
Glad you enjoyed it and like your perspective!

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Thanks Suqsuda; are you planning another Caspian Sea ride?
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:32 PM   #93
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Awesome RR. Makes me want to go back! My parents lived in Vung Tau for 5 years and I have been over there 3 times and have enjoyed it more every time. Seeing that iced coffee made me drool! Much respect goes out to you and your friend for having the balls to ride over there. The locals drive CRAZY and if your head isn't on a swivel you're going to be in trouble! For anyone who hasn't been there I recommend going sooner rather than later because Vietnam is a fast changing country and is becoming more and more westernized so make sure to see it before there is a starbucks on every corner!
You are spot on how the country is changing. One of my clients rode a bicycle through Vietnam in early 2001; he talked about how everyone was riding a bicycle. When we visited, we only saw a handful of bicyclists but everyone was riding a scooter. As Vietnam’s economy improves, inevitably more cars will be on the road in the next few years. Also, I met a Vietnamese college student in Saigon that mentioned Starbucks coming to town sometime in 2013-2014
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:54 PM   #94
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. Also, I met a Vietnamese college student in Saigon that mentioned Starbucks coming to town sometime in 2013-2014
Once starbucks arrives it will be ruined forever. See it while you can people!
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #95
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I would do this trip simply for the Pho. It's literally the perfect meal

I once ate Pho twice a day every day for two weeks......in Canada....
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:29 AM   #96
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Great report,

I first went to Vietnam in 1992 , lived in Hanoi from 1996-2003 and have been back nearly every year since , the country is virtually unrecognizable now compared to 20 years ago ,they have come along way since the days where anyone who saw you thought you were Lien xo ( russian ) now we just get called Tay ( westerner )
At least they have held out MacDonalds !
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:44 AM   #97
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Great trip with wonderful pictures. I have toured the north of Vietnam, now you make me want to tour the south.... I am an American, and everywhere I went people would ask me where I was from. I answered with some trepidation at first. Then I realized something . To the people I spoke to , it was simply ancient dark history. Their focus was on having a bright future , not reliving a bitter past. Which makes perfect sense.
If you asked an American if they were still angry at the British for sacking our capital in 1812, they would look at you like you were nuts..
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:45 AM   #98
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Many of my clients told me Vietnam is amazing .... thanks for pics
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:25 AM   #99
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Great report, makes me want to go back a third time, maybe after a few different places. It's interesting that so many ride reports of Vietnam focus a lot on the US war 20 year period when the country has such a long history.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:29 AM   #100
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好地方。。。。。。
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Great report, makes me want to go back a third time, maybe after a few different places. It's interesting that so many ride reports of Vietnam focus a lot on the US war 20 year period when the country has such a long history.
You’re right, Vietnam has a rich history influenced by the Chinese, the Khmers and the Chams. I would like to go back in 2014 before it changes and reinvents itself.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:12 PM   #102
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Very nice! How are they regarding importing your own bike and leaving it there?

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #103
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Very nice! How are they regarding importing your own bike and leaving it there?

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Thanks Dave. Not sure about importing/exporting bikes but you can email and ask Cuong (cuongminsk@yahoo.com ) or post the question in the Asia regional forum.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:57 PM   #104
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I served three tours there and have wanted to go back for a bike ride since I started reading this ADV site. Great report and information on what it is like now.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:53 PM   #105
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Great Report!
Only 13 more sleeps and 4 us will arrive in HCMC for the start of our 3 week adventure. Can't wait! and reading through all the Vietnam reports on here is awesome!

Stay Upright and Stay Safe!
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