Well the time has come to see Vietnam! An idea starts with a spark, the spark grows to a fire. Travelling is the same way, it starts with an idea and things happen from there! Being that this trip was unplanned for the most part and a random adventure, why not make it more random by buying a motorbike and travelling a country on that bike! My great idea led me to some amazing experiences and some dangerous situations at the same time! Upon arriving in Vietnam, I set out to buy a motorbike, my 3rd day in the country I ran across a bike and bought it! I then
Thailand is full of excitement! Never a dull moment in this country, unless you get stuck in the commercialized metropolis of Bangkok and never get out! On a tour of the countryside, I got in a cage with tigers, rode some elephants, and even got picked up by one! The Kanchanaburi war cemetery is quite a site and is a memorial to all the lives lost in Thailand during World War 2. The railway, dubbed the “death railway” due to all the lives lost by POW’s building it is nearby as well. I am honored to have the freedoms I enjoy today and and proud to be able to travel
Halong Bay is located on the north east area of Vietnam. It is near China (170kms from the border crossing). It is an extremely popular travel destination for tourists and locals alike. With over 1900 islands and over 1500 square kilometers of space it is not hard to get lost in this bay of dragons! Historians have traced culture back to as far as 18,000 BC to the Halong region, and much more recent history involving China and wars between big clans during the 13th century. As recent as the Vietnam War, there were mines placed in spots in the harbor by the American Military and some maritime personnel still fear
Caves are stunning creations. Rock formations are spectacular. Rock formations in the middle of bodies of water can be even more stunning. This is Halong Bay, also called the “descending dragon bay”. Halong Bay is a series of 1969 islands surrounded by over 1500 square kilometers of water. Its huge. No, its enormous! covered in islands, caves, holes, nooks and crannies everywhere. Because of its sheer size and beauty it is a very popular tourist attraction and has been commercialized quite a bit, so be advised if you do come see it, there will be lots of people to see it, whether at the low season or the high season.
From the beaches to the mountains. From the water to the trees. From wet to, well, more wet! Natural tunnels underground, created by water and millions of years – Caves. Caves are stunning natural creations and quite a site to see. Some of the most spectacular views are found here and also is home to some of the biggest and longest caves ever found. Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (Location Link) can easily take weeks to see all it has to offer. In a day I tried to see two of the more popular locations – Phong Nha Cave and Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave). Phong Nha cave is the more
Welcome to Hoi An, considered by some to be the tailoring capitol of the world. An old market, a Japanese Covered bridge, a very busy harbor in the 16th through 18th century, and tailor shops – everywhere. Hoi An is a beautiful city, it has beautiful beaches with clear waters, wonderful people and great food. It is however full of tourists due to the fact that you can have custom made clothing done here for cheap! A full suit – from cashmere/wool mix costs a mere $80, a dress shirt to go with it – $15, all made to size! Granted these prices I’m quoting are the lower prices of the area,
Nha Trang is a Russian hangout. Most of the signs are in Vietnamese, English and Russian. Everywhere you turn, you run into another one! This is a big resort town where people come and just hang out and get pampered – Especially Russians. To stay busy, hang out at the beach or a better idea – go to the mud baths! Yes, the wonderful treatment of mud and mineralized water! For as little as $6 USD you can play in the mud baths and have all the fun you want! The Thap Ba Spa is one of the many places to go and enjoy this mud bath. Skip all the
Ho Chi Minh, its time to say goodbye. Phillip is going to get some new shoes and another storage rack for my laptop bag! Although there are mechanics at just about every 200 meters (they literally have mechanics on street corners with a box of tools and a portable gas air pump – no shop!), I dont want to hit the long road with a front tire that is full of cracks, so safety first – get a new tire! All in under and hour – and for $30, I get a new tire, a new rack and a throttle adjustment. It feels like a lot more however when you