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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2012, 02:29:38 pm »
Lekker report. Think it is a experience to do biking in a country totally different from our own. I just did a weekend trip to Hoedspruit and must say the mountain passes on your pics looks just as amazing as in SA
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2012, 10:29:45 am »
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2012, 10:38:51 am »
waar is die res?!!??!
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2012, 10:41:11 am »
waar is die res?!!??!

Sal later die week nog opsit, hopenlik woensdag.

altyd lekker om te sien mense geniet 'n RR, thanks!

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2012, 11:27:10 am »
Nice! There I just lost a good few min at work! What a lekker trip it must have been!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2012, 11:55:08 am »
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2012, 11:58:33 am »
Nice  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2012, 12:00:52 pm »
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2012, 12:34:06 pm »
Awesomel areas you were riding in :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2012, 12:34:32 pm »
WOW!!! Possible bucket list addition here  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2012, 09:13:30 pm »
En nou ?... gooi nog asb.
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2012, 03:16:09 pm »
"đăng kż"

That is subscribe in Vietnamese :mwink:
I'll take the high road. You take the psycho path...
 

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2012, 03:40:27 pm »
Bliksem,dis nou 'n lekker trip die! :thumleft:
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2012, 03:53:59 pm »

"đăng kż"

hak vrystaat
 

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2012, 04:11:39 pm »
Nice! Moet nou nie skaam wees nie sit nog baie op more.
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2012, 04:17:23 pm »
Awesome!!!   :thumleft:
 

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2012, 06:45:25 pm »
Day 4:
We got up a bit later than planned, but werenít too worried about it as we didnít have to do that many kilometres everyday. The weather had changed and not in our favour. It was rather cold and everything was wet. We decided to go to the only open stall in the market street and bought ourselves some proper water resistant Northern Face gear for a fraction of the price you pay for it here. Hey, I donít care if it might be fake, they did the job!!


Ready to go and find some Pho for breakfast


Like most Asian countries, the people who live there are infatuated with enhancing their sexual performance, especially the males. Vietnam is no different... These are the remains of two unfortunate donkeys I guess, that are being left to soak in the Rice wine. In theory your tool should become extra strong once you drink the rice wine. I wasnít prepares to but the theory to the test, especially not before breakfast


This is a king cobra with a scorpion placed in its open mouth, same purpose as the donkey tools.


 After we had our Pho and coffee for breakfast we got onto the bikes and headed back towards Lao Cai. About 3km outside of Sapa we got pulled off by a police road block. Now because these guys are still communists, the police/military has got a lot of power and the last thing you want to do is give them some attitude. I was seriously giving them attitude because I thought these guys only wanted a bribe. Camp quickly told me to relax and just give in as they can make our lives hell in an instant. When they asked for our licences we had to explain that they are being kept by the guys who we are renting the bikes from in Hanoi. Flamingo travel told us that our licences arenít valid in Vietnam so we can just leave it with them as collateral. 15min later and we were each given a fine of 300,000 Dong. This is roughly the equivalent of R120. We asked them what we should do if we get pulled off again tomorrow and they explained that we just keep the tickets and show it to the police. Sort off a get out of jail free card. Unfortunately we couldnít take pictures of this ordeal as the cops wouldnít allow it, but hereís the evidence.


Back in Lao Cai we stopped for another coffee next to the road at probably the only place that was open.


Cafee Sui at its best


Some locals escorted us to a petrol station which was closed, but the lady that lives across the street capitalised on this by buying bottles of fuel from the station the day before and selling it to us (and other locals) at a nice little premium. Well done!

Time to get going again as we sort off decided on a place that we would like to reach by sundown. Seeing as it didnít look like a long distance on the map that we got in Sapa, we took our time and stopped every now and then for a break and a couple of photos.






The plan was to go as far off the beaten track as we possibly could....and we did. This is the first gravel road that greeted us on our trip, absolutely awesome!


Time for a pit stop. As we pulled over, locals started appearing from everywhere to come and look at us and the bikes. This is definitely not a place where they are use to tourists. This didnít really helped Campís stage fright.


Back on a main road again, trying to figure out with the help of a local and our map where the hell we are and which way we should go. It didnít really help that the names on the road sign werenít even on our map.


This is the way most of the people build their houses, ready for their neighbour to eventually build right up against them.


The mountain pass that we were riding on opened up to this spectacular view. I got there before Camp and while I was parked a local walked pass inviting me to come to his house. That is what I could figure out from the gestures seeing as we couldnít communicate verbally at all. Unfortunately I had to pass as we still had a long way to go and the day was drawing to an end.








One of the many friendly water buffalo that you meet along the way


We decided that it would be good to try and find a place to sleep for the night. Only problem was, we werenít sure where we were. We knew on which road we were, but no idea how far we have been travelling on it seeing as the odometers of the bikes werenít working.


By now we have literally been on the bikes the whole day and havenít eaten anything except for breakfast. Tired as hell we started looking for a place or town where we can sleep.


We didnít have a lot of sunlight left for the day, so anything that looked like something was an option. We took a small hiking trail with the bikes and ended up a couple of kilometres later at this house. Under the impression that it is a hotel we asked the people if we can sleep over. Communicating with them proofed to be really difficult, but they invited us into their home and said we are welcome to sleep over for the night. It is only when Camp went inside to check it out that he realised that these are just normal farmers who are inviting us into their home. We thanked them and cruised on to try and find something else (but keeping this in mind as a back up).


We drove into a small town called Na Chi (if I remember correct) and asked a couple of kids playing volleyball where we can find a place to stay. They gave us directions to the only hotel and cafe in town. The hotel owner wasnít there but arrived later after the locals started phoning her on her mobile. Luckily she had two rooms for us and we checked in, took a quick shower and went across the street to the cafe in hope of some food as we were past the stage of starving.
This is a picture of the shower and toilet. The smell inside was unbearable, but shower I had to.


This is the wall between our room. If the person next door rolls over during the night you will know about it.


But luckily we had a place to stay, so our spirits were seriously high! It was only here that we realised that we did only about 130km on the bikes which was tough to grasp as we were on the road the whole day. This did put things a bit into perspective and we decided to maybe change our route for the second half of the trip in order to make it back to Hanoi in time for my flight.
The little cafe across the street werenít really a cafe as far as I could figure. Or it was, but they were more of a coffee shop and didnít sell food. As we got there we ordered two coffees and started digging into the sunflower seeds on the table.




We asked the two girls there if they have some food for us and the next thing we knew they started cooking... They made us some vegetarian Pho as they had no meat, just what the doctor ordered!
 

I could figure out that these parts of Vietnam very rarely get tourists and itís not impossible that we might have been the first tourists here in the last 20 odd years or so. Everyone wanted to talk to us or just sit there and look at us, which was rather strange in the beginning. Next thing we knew the one girl got a sort of petrol container and started pouring Rice Wine out of it for us all. I knew this was going to start the party quickly so I went and fetched a bottle of red wine that we brought along. They werenít really use to it, but was keen to have a couple of shots with us.




While we were having shot after shot, they kept bringing more food for us as we were finishing everything they put in front of us. Here she is frying peanuts for us on the stove.


By now we were making new friend and the party started picking up.




The kids arrived from upstairs where they were watching Tom & Jerry so loud that you could hear it from the other side of the village. Kids in Vietnam love Tom & Jerry (like all kids around the world I guess).


I found it really amusing that you throw all your leftovers down at your feet and just carry on eating. This is normal throughout Vietnam although you donít do it in a restaurant.



The guys came back and then the party seriously picked up.


Unfortunately we realised the next morning that one of these blokes stole Campís mobile that evening.


After more than enough rice wine, beer and red wine we decided to pick up the tab and call it a night. The girls didnít want anything for the food and said we only need to pay for the beer that we had. I couldnít believe that these people donít have anything, but are prepared and happy to share whatever little they have with us. I thought they would try and rip off these two tourists passing through their little town, but that was not the case at all.

The hotel also doubles as the districtís karaoke hang out, which we realised when we wanted to call it an evening (which was about 3am if I recall). We wanted to join in and they said that we werenít allowed in, so I am not entirely sure what exactly was going down in that place. As soon as the music stopped we were able to get some shut eye.

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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2012, 07:26:51 pm »
excellent,bucket list ride :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #38 on: March 22, 2012, 09:48:43 am »
Baie nice sover :thumleft:
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Re: Vietnam on a Russian Minsk
« Reply #39 on: March 22, 2012, 10:31:22 am »
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