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Ho Chi Minh Road

Motorbiking Part 7 – The Ho Chi Minh Road

We left Hue one morning for Phona Nha, roughly 225km (140 miles ) away if you take Highway 1. If you’ve read any of these Motorbiking posts, you’ll know I loathe Highway 1 so we decided to mix the route up a little bit. We still had to take a little bit of that dreaded […]

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“How Much Does it Cost?” Average Prices of Things in Vietnam

Before Breada and I left on this trip I decided I was going to keep track of all of our expenses to help not only gauge how much we were spending per day but also to help give readers an idea of how much they should budget for their own trips. I managed to keep […]

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Motorbiking Vietnam Part 6 – The Hai Van Pass and the Abandoned Water Park!

Leaving Hoi An was nearly heartbreaking. We spent 10 days there (11? I don’t know I’ve lost track of time) and we loved every single one of them. If it wasn’t a small town and had a decent market for English teachers it would be at the top of our list of places to stay […]

Motorbiking Vietnam Part 5 – Stranded

I’ve been slacking hard in the post department lately. It’s not that I don’t want to write, because I do. I enjoy keeping my friends and family up to date on what we’re up to, but sometimes the last thing I want to do after a long day in scorching Southeast Asian heat is to […]

Motorbiking

Tips for Motorbiking in Vietnam

We thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of some tips for riding in Vietnam, because it really is a whole different world than most places. Knowing some of these certainly would have helped us in the beginning, so we hope we can help out a future rider before they […]

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The Pub with Cold Beer – A True Farm to Table Experience

Back in Da Lat we shared a room with four English friends traveling together: Eve, Luke, Toby, and Ben. I remember at one point we were doing the usual “where ya been? where ya going?” discussion that inevitably happens when you meet someone along your travels, and they began to talk about Phong Nha, which […]

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Road Trip Vietnam–The Southern Coast

When making the trip by motorbike from Saigon to Hanoi, most people have about three weeks to a month.  Anthony and I had a full two months to complete the adventure before we were scheduled to be in Hanoi to teach English.  This has been ideal since I began as a terribly inexperienced motorbike driver, […]

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Motorbiking Vietnam Part 4 – Da Lat, Nha Trang, and Qui Nhon

In Part 3 I wrote about my twisty ride up through the mountains to Da Lat, a town situated 5,000 feet above sea level. I was expecting a sleepy mountain town, but what I got was more of a city feel, with proper traffic and a bustle to it you wouldn’t expect from a town […]

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The Great Banh Mi Showdown

To say that Anthony and I were excited about the food in Vietnam would be a total understatement. For years we’ve been obsessed with a food truck back home called Bon Me (if you live in Boston stalk their truck and GO EAT THERE NOW) that sells traditional Vietnamese sandwiches known as banh mi and […]

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Motorbiking Vietnam Part 3 – Mui Ne to Da Lat

By this point in the trip we had only been on the bikes a little more than a week and traveled about 200 miles. That may not seem like much, but when you’re on a 110cc motorbike, averaging about 40mph, and riding off and on in the pouring rain, it feels like you’ve driven across […]

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Twenty Minutes of Panic–Leaving Saigon by Motorbike

When Anthony and I initially discussed doing the typical backpacker thing and buying motorbikes in Vietnam, I was dead set on us getting one bike so that I would never have to drive it myself.  Well flashfoward a few months to our first day in Saigon where we ended up the proud new owners of […]

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Motorbiking Vietnam Part 2 – Leaving Saigon for Vung Tau

Leaving Saigon was the biggest pain in the ass, and as much as I enjoyed the city I was happy to get out of there and enjoy some more rural areas. If you can drive in Saigon, you can drive anywhere in the world. Seriously. It’s absolute chaos. Green and red lights mean nothing, one […]