This magnificent piece of machinery is what has allowed me to travel the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It is also the main reason why I haven’t written much recently — kind of hard to open up a laptop when bouncing around on two wheels. However after realizing that this week’s FriFotos theme is technology I decided to pay homage to the technology that has made my solo motorcycle trip possible: a Honda Win which I have lovingly nicknamed “Rusty.”
@the_HoliDaze do you need to fix it or shes ready to go? Rusty doesnt seem like a very safe name for a motorbike…
True, Rusty might not be the best name for a motorcycle. And she certainly isn’t the fastest thing I’ve ever ridden. With only 100cc I struggle to even hit triple digits. However speed is not what I am looking for this trip. I’m going slow, taking my time and savoring every moment.
Those of you who have been following along know that I’ve had some ups and downs in Vietnam and am still trying to determine my final thoughts and advice on traveling here. Luckily I’ve had lots of time to think along the road and plenty of encounters with locals, both positive and negative, which are continuing to shape my opinions of this country.
It’s no secret: people who visit Vietnam on holiday very rarely return for a second trip.
In fact only 5% come back for a repeat visit. By contrast Thailand sees a 50% tourist return rate.
While I believe I now know why this is, I also believe that for every person with mal intent there are an equal number of goodhearted people out there. That is the main reason I’ve embarked on this solo journey and am stopping at small villages most foreigners never see and am driving right past the cities that every tourist visits. I don’t want to just write a “Why I will never return to Vietnam” post like another blogger most of us know when I could instead provide a more balanced, well-rounded article citing the ups and downs of traveling the country.
However FriFotos is not the time for my long-winded rambles so now I must bid you adieu with the promise to have lots more fresh and intriguing articles coming soon 🙂
NEWS! My amazing motorcycle is still in Vietnam — if anyone wants it please contact me
"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel." Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.