Vietnam cycling

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The bikes - van is for taking bikes between sections, while bus is for people and luggage.
The bikes - van is for taking bikes between sections, while bus is for people and luggage.

First day of cycling - just some nice back roads through the jungle villages
First day of cycling - just some nice back roads through the jungle villages

Travel clothes for motorbike riding are: hoodie, mask, and smart shoes*
Travel clothes for motorbike riding are: hoodie, mask, and smart shoes

Rain storms approaching over the fields
Rain storms approaching over the fields

Shelter from the rain under a museum display of an MiG-21
Shelter from the rain under a museum display of an MiG-21

Random AK-47 shooting range near the war museums...
Random AK-47 shooting range near the war museums...

Mui Ne

Typical roadside café
Typical roadside café


- and a rainy evening in the restaurant

The resort hotel
The resort hotel

Dalat

Cycling through some suburb streets to get out of town*
Cycling through some suburb streets to get out of town

To the nice view of the mountains
To the nice view of the mountains

Past a train line (I think is here?)
Past a train line (I think is here?)

Cycling group
Cycling group

And arriving at the end of a gentle climb into the base of the mountains
And arriving at the end of a gentle climb into the base of the mountains

View from the cafe
View from the cafe

Tea and coffee plants
Tea and coffee plants

View from the hotel in Dalat
View from the hotel in Dalat

Side of the road during another long climb
Side of the road during another long climb

Descent to Nha Trang

The famous view!  The GoPro recording got deleted from this descent, but it is the road shown in lots of motorbike videos (including Top Gear, of course)
The famous view! The GoPro recording got deleted from this descent, but it is the road shown in lots of motorbike videos (including Top Gear, of course)

Part way down descent, a viewing platform which is also famous for photos*
Part way down descent, a viewing platform which is also famous for photos

... and view from the bottom of the road, where it meets the river valleys
... and view from the bottom of the road, where it meets the river valleys

Along coastline

Waterfront - see also the video of this town
Waterfront - see also the video of this town

Sea view
Sea view

Sharon and Mia
Sharon and Mia

Julie*
Julie

Bikes prepared for another section.  32°C*
Bikes prepared for another section. 32°C

Village road
Village road

One of the rare rides in late afternoon, descending with a fiew of the sunset.
One of the rare rides in late afternoon, descending with a fiew of the sunset.

Sunrise while swimming in sea, at Quy Nhon
Sunrise while swimming in sea, at Quy Nhon

Journey to Hoi An

Swimming in the sea
Swimming in the sea

Swimming in the sea
Swimming in the sea

Swimming in the sea
Swimming in the sea

Hoi An

Hoi An, old town
Hoi An, old town

Hoi An (here)
Hoi An (here)

Julie in a café
Julie in a café

Tailor's shop...
Tailor's shop...

... where I get a custom made shirt (same-day)*
... where I get a custom made shirt (same-day)

The pool where we stay at a rather nice hotel and spa complex at the edge of Hoi An
The pool where we stay at a rather nice hotel and spa complex at the edge of Hoi An

Long climb, long descent

After a day relaxing at the spa, now a 10km uphill (1000m height gain), and the same down again (location)

View from climb
View from climb

View from climb
View from climb

Video of the descent

and around the lakeside
and around the lakeside

Fishing huts
Fishing huts

And a restaurant on the lake
And a restaurant on the lake

...
...

Sleeper train to Ha Noi

Waiting for the train*
Waiting for the train

Sleeper train is 2 coaches of 4/room, about 4 coaches of 6/room, then coach-style seats in an shared carriage (with big TVs playing!) then a coach with bare wooden seats and no aircon, then a buffet car.

Despite warnings to pack lunch (or even take pizza) the food on the train looked great, and came along as a buffet trolley ladling out huge portions.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay world heritage site - 15000 islands, and inspiration for films.

Our boat - the Secret Ha Long.  Tours of Ha Long Bay seem to be cruise ships with 10-20 cabins and each group charters its own boat
Our boat - the Secret Ha Long. Tours of Ha Long Bay seem to be cruise ships with 10-20 cabins and each group charters its own boat

Cabin
Cabin

Moving out into the bay - still in the main traffic
Moving out into the bay - still in the main traffic

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Boats lining up to view the caves*
Boats lining up to view the caves

Evening with the boats
Evening with the boats

Ha Long Bay panorama*
Ha Long Bay panorama

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay panorama*
Ha Long Bay panorama

Caves at Ha Long Bay

Accessible via water, the Dau Go caves

Caves
Caves

Caves
Caves

Ha Noi

Hanoi shops - near everything has The North Face logos, with some
Hanoi shops - near everything has The North Face logos, with some "SuperDry"

Railway tracks
Railway tracks

Hanoi rain
Hanoi rain

Hanoi rain
Hanoi rain