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Cycling Day 87 – Ba Ria to Ho Chi Minh City

So here we are – the final day of our little bike ride. It felt a bit weird doing our final pannier pack up this morning. Similarly to the last couple of days we had a straightforward 80km ride into the centre of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The weather was surprisingly overcast with a slight south easterly wind which made progress quick. We’d polished off 40k in well under Read More...

Cycling Day 85 – Phan Thiet to La Gi

After our epic day from the mountains to the coast we enjoyed having a couple of days off in Mui Ne. Mui Ne claims to be one, if not the, premier beach destination in Vietnam. The marketing team there have done a good job – the beach at the centre of the resort is small and under water for most of the day. They also earn extra bonus points for making Mui Ne the destination when the main Read More...

Cycling Day 83 – Dinh Van to Dalat

Feeling surprisingly fresh after yesterdays epic day, we headed out of Dinh Van and were soon into the climb up to Dalat.  There were a couple of different roads up to Dalat but we’d decided to come in from the west and then leave on a different road after our New Year celebrations. We’d planned our rides over the last week so that we could bring in 2014 at 1500m. The gradient varied between 3 and Read More...

Cycling Day 81 – Boun Ma Thout to Lien Son

With tomorrows monster day from Lien Son to Dinh Van at the back of our minds, we set ourselves an easy target today. Lien Son is only 50k away from Boun Ma Thout so we were in no rush. However, as we grabbed our bikes from hotel security Sam soon realised his back tyre was flat again. This delayed us slightly as Sam hunted for the cause – a metal nail was Read More...

Cycling Day 79 – Pleiku to Ea Drang

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas. Waking up on Christmas day to go on a bike ride was pretty unusual but it turned out to be a great day. Last night Sam was on the hunt for some local cuisine and bumped into a local called Vu (surname Ho rather fittingly :D). Sam and Vu got chatting about cycle touring and it turns out it’s something Vu has always wanted to do. We arranged to meet up for breakfast, talk cycling and let Vu show us Read More...

Cycling Day 77 – Plei Can to Kon Tum

Today was a fairly straightforward ride in theory but some unexpected strong winds and fierce sunshine made things a little tougher. Also since leaving Hoi An, I’ve noticed that my stomach has been growling and my energy levels are a little inconsistent throughout the day. Although i’m not certain of the cause I suspect the limited eating in the evening and during rides, hasn’t helped. As you can imagine cycling Read More...

Cycling Day 75 – Kham Duc to Dak Glei

Having studied todays route on Google Maps we knew it was gonna be tough. Luckily last night we were able to confirm that there are guest houses in Dak Glei by chatting to a motorbike guide staying in our hotel. This meant we avoided having to do a 100k day over several mountains. In general, Google Maps has been pretty good for locating places to stay if you tap in Read More...

Cycling Day 73 – Hoi An to Tan An

We’d had quite a bit of time off enjoying the food, comfort and ambiance of Hoi An. So after the full moon festival (a chilled affair with lights not a Thailand style party) we were both keen to get cycling again. The bikes had to be left outside with hotel security during our stay and whilst we were both glad to see they were still there, mine had acquired some Read More...

Vinh Moc Tunnels

Our long ride from Cu Nam bought us a day off to go explore the Vinh Moc tunnels. This impressive tunnel network was built to avoid the American bombing runs during the Vietnam war. Rather impressively the locals moved their village up to 30 metres underground building bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The tunnels are big in comparison to the more famous Cu Chi tunnels but were still a bit small Read More...

Cycling Day 71 – Lang Co to Da Nang

Yesterday we arrived at Lang Co, the smallish beach town at the foot of the iconic Hai Van Pass. We’d decided that it was probably best to tackle the big climb with fresh legs the next morning. This was to be the first serious climb of the Vietnam leg of our trip. We gave the bikes a bit of TLC, having acquired all sorts of multi-coloured filth and a few Read More...