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Ride day 52: Stung Treng to Don Det (including Cambodia to Laos border crossing)

29 August 2016 So, it’s our last day in Cambodia and we’re up at the crack of dawn. After partially packing our bags we head to a local craft charity – Mekong Blue, where we spend half an hour watching the amazing skills of the weavers as they produce the most amazingly intricate pieces of […]


Kratié (pron. Kra-cheh) is situated in eastern Cambodia and lies on the banks of the Mekong River. The town has a central marketplace which is surrounded by colonial French architecture, no bombs landed here so its architecture remains unscathed by war. The Kratie stretch of the Mekong is home to Irrawaddy dolphins, so it’s a popular […]

Ride day 45: Siem Reap to Krong Preah Vihear

17 August 2016 Packing up An early start for our last morning in Siem Reap. We head to the mechanics next to the hotel to get the bikes serviced (oil change, chains tensioned and greased, and rear left indicator on my bike properly reconnected). A final breakfast buffet in the hotel sets us up for […]

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the vibrant capital of Cambodia and sits at the crossing of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists which is reflected in its rich and mixed architecture. The opulent Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum is situated off the large […]

Ride day 8: Ninh Binh to Thành nhà Hồ

25 May 2016 We started off from the hotel nice and early, planning to get a bite of breakfast somewhere on the road before heading up towards the Cuc Phuong national park. The weather however made our decision on where to stop for us. A sudden torrential shower started right as we were passing a […]

Ninh Binh

We arrived in Ninh Binh late in the afternoon after a long days riding. We rode around and set about finding ourselves a Nha Nghi – it really wasn’t too long before we found one fairly central with a very friendly manager (who wanted to buy our bikes!). After settling in we decided to roam […]

Ride day 7: Cat Ba to Ninh Binh

23 May 2016 An early start for the ride after three very relaxing and fun days in Cat Ba. After a quick breakfast in the hotel we packed up and headed off out of Cat Ba town and north towards the ferry. At this point we were fairly uncertain what sort of boat the “ferry” […]

Hurrah – Cat Ba!

Cat Ba is a lovely relaxing holiday spot that we’d visited last year. It’s a relatively small island and situated about four hours by car/ferry, east of Hanoi. There are several beautiful beaches that are pristine and have been very peaceful each time we’ve visited them. After four long days biking on the varied Vietnamese roads […]

Ride day 6: Phuong Cua Ong to Cat Ba

20 May 2016 As is becoming usual, we were out of our Nha Nghi just before 8.00 a.m. A quick ride down the ramp down the stairs before loading up the bikes for the day. With the bikes having now done over 1,000km, it was time to get the oil changed and chains tightened. We […]

Ride day 5: Thai Nguyen to Phuong Cua Ong

19 May 2016

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