Biking Through Vietnam

March 16, 2012

Day 2 – To Nha Trang

Filed under: Uncategorized — scribblygum @ 3:37 am

We overnighted in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) the first day. Second day we flew to south east coast city of Nha Trang. The guide books say it’s the Gold Coast of Vietnam.

Our hotel, and views from our 6th floor room.

Buildings in Vietnam are generally very narrow as in the emperor’s day he taxed people on the width of their street frontage. The pattern continues. Sometimes you can find a twenty foot wide hotel, six or eight floors, standing by itself as the first building in a new development area. It sure looks weird there with nothing around it.

Lunch at cafe across the road.

Needless to say, we didn’t order from this page of the menu.

He ordered a milkshake, it came in a coconut shell. Pretty normal for around here when it’s a chocolate and coconut flavoured shake.

Street impressions.

Mum, Dad, two kids. Pretty normal sight.

Viewing tower over the beach.

These flower towers appeared in several major towns we rode through.

Maybe the dogs are numbered as well. 🙂

This is a Honda 90 Sport with the famous ‘bullet shaped tank’. It’s the bike I learned to ride on back about 1965 when my brother bought one. I saw several of them over the two weeks.

Sometimes there are typos that get through the system.

Yep, that says Cubtom. And they were reasonably common around the place. We also found a whole shop full of clothes branded Guggi.

Fake brands are all over the place, sometimes the spelling errors are rather funny.

Vietnam Motorbike Tours.

We got to the office of the tour place in the late arvo and sat around drinking beer and checking out their bikes.

Jason Thatcher is the manager, bloke in the grey. Comes from Melbourne and also has a motorbike tour company in Cambodia.

Between Jason and his staff they took care of everything with efficiency and wonderful humour.

Everywhere you go over here the cafes have these pre-school size plastic chairs. Get used to it.

My Hodaka tee shirt celebrates being in the land of the 125.

Jurgen is about seven feet tall. But obviously there are smaller things on his mind.

One of Jason’s guides was on this.

Dining out.

We went for dinner at the Sailing Club. Famous place in these parts.

Genuine Vietnamese food in a touristy setting – sometimes the touristy setting means touristy food and touristy prices but most places sell good food at good prices.

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2 Comments »

  1. Sounds like you had a ball,Kim!!!! Motorbikes – some things never change, eh?!! What else would you do for a holiday ??!!!!!

    Comment by Joy Bloomfield — March 18, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    • Hi Joy, I can just imagine you riding across that suspension bridge, totally fearless as usual.

      Comment by scribblygum — March 19, 2012 @ 4:21 am


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