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    • Awww if I’d known y’all were in the neighborhood I would have seen if we crossed paths anywhere. Glad to hear you enjoyed it though. I’ve heard from people that have loved their time in Vietnam and others that have hated it. I will say however that most of the ones who have hated it have been people that have lived here for an extended period, to the point where the country (and in some cases the people) have really started to irk them. Posted a comment about this to my FB profile that got a lot of heated responses from both sides of the spectrum. Kind of feels like it’s one of those countries that you either really love or really hate, and there is no real middle ground. We’ll see. I have 11 days left (been here over two and half months) and a few more places to go….

  1. Awwww Derek, good on you! We were supposed to ride from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi over this month. Got the bikes but failed to realise that I wouldn’t be able to master the foot gears quite quick enough for us to set off! How awesome that you’ve done it. We are on our way up (currently in Da Lat) via bus. Not a very exciting plan B although this is the second time we’ve visited Vietnam so we know what to expect!

    • How long in Da Lat? Or better yet what’s your itinerary for the next week? I’ve been here nearly three months now, motorcycling everywhere, but after a final trip to Hanoi last week I’m headed to Saigon to sell my bike. Let’s cross paths! I’m in Dong Hoi now. Do you have WhatsApp or a Vietnamese number? Or is email the best way to reach you?

      • Hey that sounds like fun! We go to Nha Trang on Wednesday or Thursday and will be there for about 4 nights. Then off to Hue until the 26th. I’ll send you my vietnamese number via your contact page or else feel free to email me!

  2. ZING! Love that NM reference there 😉 Haha. I like you’re insight on it man and I’m glad you decided to rough it. Sometimes when everything goes as planned with a shiny bike visiting big cities, you miss out on what’s real, and the real stuff could be the better stuff about the country.

    • Hahaha thanks, I wondered what people would think of that reference. And I agree with you — sticking with the big cities or even traveling on a nice, new, fancy bike (as I did when motorcycling Indonesia) is not the way to see the real side of the country and culture. You need a breakdown here and there to create the opportunity for some hands-on interactions with locals. While this “real stuff” might not always be the best stuff, it is a window into the lives and mindset of the locals. And that to me is priceless.

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