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« on: February 22, 2016, 01:43:50 pm »
Has anyone travelled by bike through Vietnam

Im looking for any info on buying a bike in Hanoi and selling it again in Ho Chi Minh, im really not fussed if its scooters but we will be looking to do about 2000km over 20 odd days.

Or anyone who has experience in Vietnam in general.. tx

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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 01:52:06 pm »
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 02:01:03 pm »
Try ADV Rider lots of good stuff on Vietnam  8)
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2016, 02:07:48 pm »
A few ride reports on here too. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=search2

N[]vA on the forum could also give you some pointers.
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2016, 02:19:41 pm »
Ive messaged a few guys who have done RR's

Ill see what gets said and I suppose start a planning a ride thread here.

I want to go with my GF, she is an excellent pillion, she can stand, move around as well as tuck and roll.. :imaposer: so Im hoping to get something like a transalp 650 if possible but if that's not possible the GF has until Sep to learn to ride
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2016, 03:51:16 pm »
I've done it but long time ago in 2002. I haven't done it all on bike, but I have rented Minsk in Hanoi and went 5 day loop through Northern Vietnam all the way to Dien Bien Phu, Sapa and back. That seemed to be the most scenic part with those typical Vietnamese conical hills known from Nam war movies. I've also rented scooter in Central Vietnam in a place close to Nga Trang (I think its called Dallat - a town in mountains) and did 3 day loop through the jungle, coffee plantations and the surrounding hills destroyed by Agent Orange.

Biking there is quite common thing for westerners to do, so I'm quite sure there are companies offering rental of the bikes, probably even for the trip you want to do. I don't know about buying the bike, but think one of the people I know on Facebook did it recently, so I can ask if you want.

One thing I would strongly recommend (even if you will have to use a train to go from Hanoi to Saigon) is to try to get at least for few days to Laos, which was one of the last remote places on this planet - at least when I was there, sadly I didn't make it in.

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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2016, 03:56:17 pm »
 :sip: What about the rain, acording to Forrest Gump it rains a lot.  :bueller:
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2016, 12:38:03 pm »
It does rain but at least the rain is warm..  :laughing4:
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2016, 10:01:40 am »
tx to everyone who poured in info on Vietnam.. I put everything together last night and made my case to the GF..  seeing as Vietnam is not really a place where 2 up travel is the best idea, and she is nervous to ride a bike for the 1st time really in a country where there are not really rules for the use of the road I was shot down a little.. but in a nice way.

She put forward her case as well.. driving a jeep around Bali for 10 days.. damn, that also sounds nice.

I have to confess she made a good case, I still stand a chance because the freaking humidity over there always sits at about 80% which is great for some, shit for me, so we will see.. round 2 negotiations coming up soon.
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2016, 01:02:41 pm »
Good luck persuading the GF  :thumleft: 

I would also love to go to Vietnam, they have the most amazing caves. Some are very remote so some trekking through forests would be called for. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10914205/In-pictures-Inside-Hang-Son-Doong-the-worlds-largest-caves-in-Vietnam.html
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2016, 10:45:52 am »
I absolutely agree that its a country that needs to be explored.. if I had it my way I would go for 2 months. Being a grown up sucks.. we have to come back to feed the kids.. lol
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2016, 12:09:51 pm »
It surely does  :'( And don't forget to feed the RA's

... and yet, if I gave up the cottage and the medical aid, froze the RAs and sold the car, how far could I go?  :ricky:
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2016, 01:06:46 pm »
This is an article my son wrote about his biking trip in Vietnam in 2013.
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2016, 04:50:36 pm »

I need to start saving :D

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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2016, 06:13:53 pm »
now that sounds like a brilliant idea
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2016, 09:00:19 pm »
I wonder what their idea of "hard-off road riding" is? My experience is fairly limited but I'm sure I can get up to speed (hehe) before January.

$3,500 is about R50,000 - darn, that's a bit steep.
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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2016, 09:21:12 pm »
My nephew went on holiday to Vietnam while teaching in Korea

He was set on returning to VietNam

After his teach Korea contract ended, he came home for a while

Decided he is gonna go back to Vietnam, with his  backpack, passport and plane ticket in hand he left PE

He's been it Vietnam for just over a year.
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2016, 11:26:36 am »
My nephew went on holiday to Vietnam while teaching in Korea

He was set on returning to VietNam

After his teach Korea contract ended, he came home for a while

Decided he is gonna go back to Vietnam, with his  backpack, passport and plane ticket in hand he left PE

He's been it Vietnam for just over a year.
Working at Vietnam backpackers first as a tourguide and now moved to Hue to manage the hostel

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So... special rates for Wild Dogs?  :lol8:

Sounds truly awesome. And well done to your nephew for sticking to his dream! A cousin worked as a housekeeper in London during his gap year. Loved it so much he went back and eventually joined the special forces (boere laaitie, he can mos like to sharp shoot good!)
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2016, 08:02:03 pm »
have been planning my honeymoon,with about 3 weeks in Nam.the wife doesn't know it yet,but she will be looking up at the ceiling when we are not riding bike around the beautiful country  ;)
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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2016, 12:48:30 am »
Well when you gat back you can come contribute to the thread  :thumleft:
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