Archive for November, 2013

Cycling Day 63 – Thanh Hoa to Cau Giat

Today almost started with disaster as we rocked up to breakfast at 9 to be told it had just finished. Luckily they took pity on us and we were able to fuel up for today’s ride to Cau Giat. After we had safely secured food and got over the shock of the 9am cut-off we concluded the hotels policy was probably fair enough as most Vietnamese are probably up at Read More...

Cycling Day 62 – Ninh Binh to Thanh Hoa

After a fairly short ride yesterday we had a longer one in store today to Thanh Hoa, a provincial capital to the southwest.  At the hotel in the morning, we asked about the best way to see the limestone karsts and temples of Tam Coc and Bich Dong which is one of the main tourist attractions around Ninh Binh.  Armed with a map and full of banana pancakes, we headed Read More...

Cycling Day 61 – Phu ly to Ninh Binh

We both woke feeling ache free from our first day back on the bike. Frankly, this was a little unexpected as we’d both struggled to get comfortable on our ‘prison beds’. Other than the beds the Khach San Hoa Binh hotel was fairly pleasant. We headed down for breakfast and spent some time trying to fathom out the menu – pho seems to be pretty much everywhere and is a Read More...

Video Blog 15 – Bai Tu Long Bay

I take a break from paddling to have a chat while we are kayaking around Bai Tu Long Bay in northeastern Vietnam.  We came up this way from Hanoi on a tour just before we started the Vietnam leg of the trip.

Cycling Day 60 – Hanoi to Phu Ly

We were both pretty excited this morning to get going on a decent tour once more having had a holiday from our holiday for a couple of months.  Life is tough, I know.  There was some slight uncertainty as to whether we would actually be leaving today, as a package from Australia I was expecting hadn’t arrived despite being supposed to arrive the day before.  Luckily it arrived just a Read More...

Hanoi and Halong

Having sadly left the wonders of Thailand behind, we’ve now arrived in Vietnam to resume cycling.  Despite riding for a few days between Bangkok and Hua Hin, it feels like an eternity since we’ve been consistently on the bikes.  Eight weeks of minor overindulgence without significant exercise have definitely taken their toll and I think I’m definitely going to feel it as we push south out of Hanoi.  We’ve had Read More...