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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

Ride day 4: Viet Quang to Thai Nguyen

18 May 2016 A very broken nights sleep. Hot, broken air con (that turned itself off every 20 minutes), and exceptionally noisy. Note to self – don’t stay in a hotel that also advertises karaoke in the same building! Up and away early this morning, for the reasons mentioned above. A quick stop off to […]

Ride day 3: Sa Pa to Viet Quang (via Chinese boarder at Lao Cai)

17 May 2016 We were up nice and early for the days ride. A healthy final breakfast at the excellent Heart of Sa Pa hotel. Ha being the ultimate hostess and almost force feeding us food. Checked out, and made our way to load up the bikes, which had been stored in a local kindergarten […]

Ah – Sa Pa

We arrived in Sa Pa quite late Friday evening after a mammoth day riding – we’d passed so many small villages (including a village built on the mountain prescipice on stilts!) that we weren’t expecting Sa Pa to be the established town and tourist hub that it is. After a bit of searching we found […]

Ride day 2: Huyen vān Chán to Sa Pa

13 May 2016 Despite a very hard bed and a very noisy stormy night, we both slept like babies. Waking early to a stunning day outside. A quick check of the weather and it’s looking like its with us for the day – rain expected in sapa from 4’ish. Shouldn’t be a problem, since we […]

Ride day 1: Ha Noi to Huyen Van Chan

12 May 2016 Hanoi to Nghia Lo was the plan – following the rough route laid out by wwwv.nomadasaurus.com. We checked out of our Hanoi hotel at 9:30am and rode the short distance up to Style Motorbikes to collect the registration papers and number plates for our new Detech Honda Win 125’s. We’d picked the […]

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