July 2019


Sun, sea and the 17th Parallel

The Vietnamese day starts very early and no matter what time we are on the road (5-6am) there are always loads of people already out and about and a lot of activity. In particular there are lots of small cafes open with customers eating noodle soup etc for their breakfast. Come 10am, however, nearly all […]

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Melting Martina

Wed 17 July. Do Son to Tien Hai. 73km. We are now on the road heading south towards Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) although we aren’t sure yet if we will make it that far – it all depends on how often and how long we stop on the route there.  The joys of […]

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I can see the sea…

Saturday 13 July 19 – Hanoi to Hai Phong – 108km We broke one of our own rules today, which made us realise why we have these rules in the first place… We felt like it was definitely time to move on and explore some more of Vietnam, but it was difficult to leave our […]

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We love Hanoi!

Sunday 7 July to Friday 12 July. We arrived in Hanoi feeling pretty shattered so we were looking forward to some time off but also to being back in a big city.  And Hanoi didn’t disappoint.  Our accommodation was a fantastic apartment right in the middle of a bustling daily local food market….   ….which […]

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Awesome, just awesome!

This next part of our journey takes us to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It also takes us through yet more tough hills, but since our success through northern Laos and so far in Vietnam we feel a bit more confident in our abilities. Wednesday 3 July 19 – Na Khai to Moc Chau – […]

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Well hello Vietnam….

Saturday 29 June. Dien Bien Phu. 0 km. After 6 days on the move, we decided to have a rest day, which I was very glad of as yesterday I completely flagged as we arrived into Dien Bien Phu.  Our general experience of border towns hasn’t been great, so we didn’t expect much of Dien […]

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