So, the day finally arrived. We were going to motorcycle our way from the south to the North of Vietnam. We’d read so much about it and heard so many good (horror) stories, so it became a ‘must do’ whilst we were on our travels! We did our research and decided it would be best (and cheaper) to rent a 127cc Honda Win manual motorcycle from Style Motorbikes, who we had heard loads of good things about. There was only one problem... Jac had never rode a manual motorbike. However, Mr. Johnny Concrete (Jac) said ‘how hard can it be’ and ensured me he’d pick it up quickly. I nodded and agreed with a couple of raised eyebrows (as usual!)
We got to Style Motorbikes on Monday 26th February and rented our $270 little baby for the next 6 weeks. It was $250 for the bike, $20 for side racks and a $350 deposit, which we would get back when we returned the bike in Hanoi. We both bought helmets for around $30 each too. You get a free helmet from Style Motorbikes, however it wasn’t the best. Especially for me (Katie), as whenever we went over a bump, it just fell to the back off my head and hung round my neck like a scarf (...or you could say I was a real-life Ninja Turtle). I ended up having to look through and try on every helmet in every helmet shop in Ho Chi Minh however, as I’ve recently discovered I must have a tiny, little pea-head! Luckily, I found one to fit, so we were all good and ready to go protection wise at last.
Jac was given a lesson on how to drive a manual motorbike at Style when we bought the bike, which is one of the many free services that they offer. I sat twiddling my thumbs for an hour until Johnny Concrete returned with a less than confident face than what I was expecting. Apparently, driving a manual motorbike is harder than it looks! Within a few days of driving around in the crazy Ho Chi Minh traffic, Jac did quickly pick it up (without much choice) and we were all good to go.
We took our bikes to Style on the morning of our departure to get the luggage racks fitted and be shown how to attach our luggage with the bungee cords (yet another free service). They attached the bags standing up straight either side, then attached the backpack on the rear-rack like a little back-rest. I was quite excited when I saw it as it looked as though I was going to have a little sofa for the journey.
We set off.. oh how wrong I was! If it really were a sofa, we would be taking it back to DFS for being the most uncomfortable sofa in the world! It squashed my legs throughout the entire 7 hour journey to Mui Ne (our first stop). Which in turn, pushed Jac forward in his seat so he couldn’t sit comfortable and couldn’t change gear properly either. After this journey, we decided to change the luggage positions to sideways for our next trip!
We also had a bit of trouble at the beginning of the journey. We followed google maps out of the city, however it kept taking us to roads that Motorbikes couldn’t go through. After numerous U-turns, we decided to stop and google motorcycle specific routes. We came across a map from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne on the Vietnam Coracle Website, which was brilliant in getting out of the city via the back roads.
On the journey over the river we stopped for lunch and had a fantastic meal. One of the best in Vietnam. What was even better was the owner kept trying to take sneaky selfies with us in the background. After several attempts he plucked up the courage to go for it and started taking photos of us eating. Five minutes later we basically having a photoshoot with him. He was such a lovely man a really a testimony to how nice the Vietnamese people are. His wife even stuffed a load of chocolates and fruits in our hands before we left for free! However, we’re not sure if this was the quickest route as as previously mentioned, it took us 7 hours!
Truth be told, we really didn't enjoy this leg of journey. I think the city smog, the uncomfortable position of the bags, getting lost, a lack of any sort of view outside of concrete and the fact we we spent far too long on the bike for the first major drive led to both of us being really stressed out. I think at one stage we were contemplating returning the bike and just sacking it all off. At the time, I remember Jac saying that this really wasn't the romantic idyllic driving he'd been expecting and was hating every minute of it. We thought it was important to write this as we've both read too many blogs where people never point out the things that go wrong in order to not paint themselves in a negative light. Travelling on a whole is the most amazing thing you could ever do but it isn't always sunshine and daisies and things do go wrong. Both us of feel that it is important to share our entire experiences with you - not just the good bits. Fortunately we decided not to sack things off, and what a mistake that would have been because it was one hell of an amazing experience. A couple of things to note if your planning this as a duo - do not follow the route on google maps, set your bags like we mention later in the blog, and bloody hell, stop more then every 2-3 hours because your bum cannot take that much to start with! However, personally we wouldn't have changed a thing about that day because every experience, good or bad, is still an experience and helps build character (or your bum pain threshold).
Mui Ne was so different to what we had been used to Ho Chi Minh. Along the way, we saw resort after resort, all dotted along the seafront. Some were literally huge with valet parking attendants standing outside the entrances. With tonnes of bars and restaurants along the main road we were staying on in Phan Thiet (where you will find most hostels or hotels based in Mui Ne), we knew we wouldn’t be short on places to eat or drink!
We had our first problem with the bike on our first day in Mui Ne! We had some trouble with the gearbox for some reason, the bike kept falling in and out of different gears.
Mui Ne is well known for being one of the Adventure Sport Capital of Vietnam - so you can imagine how excited we were to get there. However, we were sadly disappointed by the sports in Mui Ne and how expensive they were. You can read more about Mui Ne in this blog post. After 4 days (we wished we had spent less here in the end), we moved on to Dalat.
One thing to get in Mui Nei - DragonFruit! It is everyone being sold on the roads! Get the red one its much nicer. We stopped and the lady gave us one for free and even free DragonFruit wine to taste.
Mui Ne is also rife with corrupt police stopping motorbikes so be careful. <Read Here> for more info
We followed the Vietnam Coracle route to Dalat. It took 4 hours and featured some pretty darn beautiful sights! Dalat has so much more landscape than Mui Ne, the ride there was really good and we both loved it. However, in around the 3rd hour... the pain really started to settle in on the old bum cheeks. We’ve found this is the same with every journey so far also, your bum will go so numb! The best way to help this is small stops, little and often, even if it’s to just do a couple of squats on the side of the road. Get that blood flow moving around your lower limbs again and the next hour of the journey will become a little bit better. We also go caught out in the biggest down pour ever.
One minute its boiling hot, then the next you're desperately trying to getting into your backpacks which contain, deep in the middle, your waterproofs. We got absolutely soaking wet and had to finish the last hour of the drive freezing to death. However, it was so funny and our hostel owner greeted us with hots cups of tea and shots of rice wine so it was all good. Top tip - whatever the weather, never, ever have your waterproofs shoved down at the bottom of your bag. Getting these out of tightly bungee strapped bags is near on impossible especially when you need them most. And for goodness sakes get proper waterproof covers for your bags (we kept all our things in waterproof dry sacks inside the backpacks, but that doesn't stop the outside from getting sopping wet - We used bin liners after this).
We stayed in Dalat for 5 nights and absolutely loved it, one of those nights was spent sleeping on top of a mountain (which you can read about here)! It’s such a cool city, busy with life and fun activities including canyoning, hiking, tobogganing (on a track, so fun but make sure to write your will before hand, that thing goes hilariously fast!) and to top it all off theres 3 waterfalls for you to check out whilst you are there. To find more on our stay in Dalat - check out this blog post. It’s definitely worth your time so make sure you have it on your list and we’d recommend staying there for around 3-4 days. We stayed in a hostel here too, whereas we discovered so many other people that are riding through Vietnam also. It’s a great way to exchange ideas, recommendations and tips with others, who may have had better successes or more worse nightmares than you!
After Dalat, we made the 3 hour journey to Buon Ma Thuot, heading along the QL27 almost all of the way. Going along the west roads, you’ll find yourself heading into the mountain roads. The sights are literally so beautiful, however you’ll be seeing them whilst simultaneously hoping your bike gets up the hill you’re currently chugging your way up! The hills get very steep and if you are like us two, travelling on one bike with 2 rucksacks and 2 day sacks, you’ll hear the engine questioning its capability too. At some points, there were road works which fractured a bit too much gravel on the ground. In these occasions, I got off the bike and walked up instead as the bike tends to skid with too much weight and not enough power when going across gravel (poor, little, old me)
But what goes up must come down, after the hard work getting up you’ll eventually be whizzing down the mountain, wind flowing through your hair (in your helmet - or Jacs lack of hair in his helmet seeing as a Vietnamese barber cut it all off by accident in Mui Ne, haha!)
We arrived to Buon Ma Thuot around 5pm. It's very much still untouched by traveler presence, which was a nice change! There are no bars or clubs, or rowdy travellers thinking they own the place. There’s only restaurants full to the brim with Vietnamese groups, who seemed to all be having a right, good old party as it was International Women's Day (big up to all the women reading this and the day to celebrate ourselves, woo!) It was a great night to arrive in my case too as I got stopped by two random Vietnamese men, one to give me a white rose and one to give me a little wicker bicycle that was full of more roses.
We also went to the best gym in the world, which the owner kept open specifically for us, gave us free entry and even trained with us. One thing I think we never stress enough is the hospitality of Vietnamese people, especially in the less touristy areas - its great to experience and only something your lucky enough to experience because your motorbiking your way through.
We didn’t stop in Buon Ma Thuot for long - 2 nights to be precise as we didn’t find that there were many cool activities to do. We went to a waterfall, which wasn’t great as it was dry season. We found it hilarious as at one point, we actually got lost trying to find it. We walked across this dried mud patch of land, only to come to a big drop off with a few people standing at the bottom looking up at us. Next thing you know, a security guard at the bottom sounded a siren and shouted some angry Vietnamese to us, which we assume meant to get down! We were standing on top of the bloomin’ waterfall haha!
At our hostel at Buon Ma Thuot, we met 3 cool people that were travelling as solo’s, but riding through Vietnam together. A girl called Rach from England, a guy called Nils from Germany and another guy called Dan from America. We had drinks with them on the first night (loads of lethal rice wine shots courtesy of our hostel owner). They were travelling the exact same route as us (south to north) and were off to Pleiku the next day, so we waved them off the next morning and arranged to meet up with them when we got there the day after.
The family who hosted us were also amazing! So we'd like to give their hostel Ngoc Tran Guesthouse a shout out - not only because they were so kind and accommodating but because they hostel was also the cheapest we could find at $4 for the both of us for our own room!
After Buon Ma Thuot, we continued up the mountain roads to Pleiku, which takes just under 4 hours, however we got there in about 6. Pleiku was a really cool place, it was a big city with loads of street food and less westerners, similar to Buon Ma Thuot. We stayed here for 1 night, we went for some street food with the others.
The sights you see when you are motorbiking are sometimes breathtaking, sometimes shocking, sometime hilarious and sometimes it's the bugs that actually fly into your eye! This lunatic we found breathtaking, shocking and hilarious (we thought we had it bad with all our bags!)
Then there was this dude just doing his daily drop in Pleiku. Right next to us whilst we were eating! He had all those strapped to his motorbike and was sat on top of them when he drove in. Rachel, the girl travelling with us, was vegan so her face went slightly green at the sight!
Now this is where our mini adventure (which ended up being just a really, really silly idea) comes in. The journey to Hoi An was 7.5 hours from Pleiku, so the plan was to split up this journey by travelling to Kon Tum first (which is an hour away) and spend the night there. I know an hour doesn’t seem like much, however Kon Tum is a popular travellers destination to split up that stretch of the journey, therefore it seemed like the best place to go to. There was a waterfall that we could go and see in Pleiku, so we planned on seeing that late morning then leaving for Kon Tum early evening. We met at around 1pm that day and only then, did we have make a change in the plan. Jac, Nils (from Germany), Dan (from American) and I didn’t see the point in paying for another nights accommodation and spending another day in another city all for the sake of one hour travelling time. Therefore, we decided that it would be a good idea to just travel to Hoi An that day instead and brave the 7.5 hour stretch all in one go. Rach stuck with the original plan as she had already booked a night in Kon Tum and decided to meet us in Hoi An.
Jac and I had our first little drama on a mountain road as we skidded and nearly lost control of the bike. We stopped right next to a random house and all took a break to stretch our legs. We got back on the bikes and was driving down the road for about 2 minutes when Dan’s bike chain came off and we pulled back over to the side of the road. Dan decided to walk his bike back to the nearest person that could help and said he would meet us wherever we decided to stop for dinner. Jac, Nils and I carried on up the mountain.
Little did we know, about 15 minutes later we would hit a big patch of fog that would cover the entire mountain road! We literally couldn’t see further than 5m in front of the bike, it was pitch black and to top it all off, it then started raining. We stopped once again at the side of the toad to cover our bags with rain covers, then when we got back on the bike, it skidded into a bollard and I came flying off! Luckily, I just landed next to the bike, but at this point we were seriously reconsidering whether it was a good idea to carry on!
Regardless, we carried on along the mountain, narrowly missing buses, cars, other motorbikes and roadworks. It was freezing and we all wanted a coffee, so we pulled over at a place that looked like a cafe. It turned out to be the home of this old Vietnamese man and his two 7-8 year old kids who were playing cards with each other at a little table. Sounds like a nice, innocent sight ey? WRONG. Just to set the scene, these kids were wearing multi-coloured hooded ponchos with their hoods up, they totally ignored us when we tried to talk to them, kept laughing at us, had a big knife on the table and money beside the cards. Just as we thought we were in a scene of The Hills Have Eyes and thought it couldn't get any worse they both whacked out some cigarettes and started smoking.
Our eyes literally fell out of our heads watching them, it was such a crazy sight! We made a swift exit before we were added to the pot of water stewing over an open fire and decided to carry on until we found a place to get a coffee.
We found a road side restaurant/cafe about 20 minutes later (Thank God) and stopped for a coffee and a doughnut to cheer us all up. We were actually in high spirits and were laughing about the whole thing. However, we were all freezing, wet, and had been driving in these conditions for about 2.5 hours now. So we swallowed our stupidity and decided to find a hostel for the night in Kham Duc, which was a little town on the map just 7km away.
We arrived on Kham Duc at about 10:30pm. We tried two hostels, one owner didn’t answer the door. The other hostel owner had a mental dog who barked like a trooper, so fortunately he heard us and opened the gate! We got a room for 3 for 50,000 VND each, which is amazing as that’s £7 for the 3 of us. I’ve literally never been so happy to be in the warm and off of the motorbike!
Now... some of you will be thinking, what on Earth happened to Dan! (the guy whose chain fell off). Dan ended up being stuck at a gas station for an hour or so until someone fixed his chain, then he made the whole journey to us by himself! He turned up, soaked through and freezing cold at 1 in the morning, saying how it had been the worst hours he’d ever spent on his bike. We all agreed. Probably not best idea, but still we wouldn't change it for the world! Such a funny story.
Unfortunately, theres a reason we have no photos or videos. That is because you can't do this in the pouring rain, zero visibility fog whilst driving at 60km in the pitch black on winding mountain roads, with sheer drops on one side and crazy bus drivers flying round corners every minute, totally lost (neither did we even want to).
In the morning, we made the last stretch of our journey to Hoi An, which took around 2 and a half hours. We checked into our hotel and got absolutely bladdered that night as we deserved! Do not do this drive at night - in the morning we realised just how much beauty we'd missed. Thank god we decided not to drive all night. The views and drive we're spectacular and it our favourite drive yet!
Hoi An was so beautiful. It’s such a gorgeous city and has loads of shops in the old town centre, so it’s great to get anything you’ve been needing whilst travelling (I bought two new playsuits here and Jac bought a top and got his glasses fixed). Theres lots of backpackers here, so we stayed in pretty cool hostel in dorms and went drinking in a bar opposite that did unlimited drink for 200,000dong ($9) with a big group of people we met in the hostel bar. We strongly recommend getting out to wonder round the ancient town, which was really good and we tried a few locally know foods. There’s lanterns everywhere and at night, the river comes alive with paper lanterns drifting with a lit candle inside (which we of course did) There’s also a street food market next to the river. We spent two nights in before moving on to Da Nang.
It took 40 minutes to get to Da Nang. Previously, we'd heard mixed reviews about whether Da Nang was worth visiting. However, we were so glad we did as we had a great time here! We visited the marble mountains and chessboard peak, which were both cool. They were a bit too touristy which is of course fine as amazing places are always going to be busy, but it was a bit disappointing as they didn't feature much adventure and there was no hard slog to get to the peak etc which is what we love.
However, we also went to Ghanh Bang, which was amazing! It's basically a stretch of the coastline with a little beach that involves a steep downward trek through the jungle to get to. There's some wicked cliffs to jump off, caves to explore and loads of rocks to scramble on. The waters are crystal clear too so it's an amazing spot for fishing/swimming too! The best thing was... We were the only people there!
Danang also features the famous Dragon Bridge which is definitely worth checking out at night! It's spectacular and if you're lucky enough to be there on a weekend - it spits fire from its mouth! We ended staying in Da Nang for 3 nights but you could easily do it in two if you're on a tight timescale.
The next day, we left for Hue. This trip was an exciting one as we were going to be driving on the Hai Van pass. As many of you may have already seen on Top Gear, the Hai Van pass is an absolutely beautiful road that takes you through the mountains and the jungle, but is still right next to the coastline. When we first started driving on it, we saw some incredible sights... For about 20 minutes! Until the mist settled higher in the mountains and we could see nothing, we found it really funny but we were cringing as we past the tour bus companies full of people who had probably paid a pretty penny to see the 'Spectacular Hai Van Pass' view and couldn't see further then their own feet.
Fortunately, as we came out of the mountains, the mist cleared and the amazing sights returned. We took a longer route to Hue, taking the road that runs along the right-side of the Dam Cau Hai river.
This route added about an hour on to our journey, which took around 5 hours in total from Da Nang. However, boy was that hour worth it! We went through some real rural towns and villages, which felt to us as though we were witnessing the heart of Vietnam. Real people, real culture, real lives. We drove towards the big red sun, setting in the sky which was amazing in itself. However, then came to the river where a herd of water buffalo were fully submerged, washing themselves. We got off the bike and took millions of photos of course, and then watched the sun set behind them in the rice fields next to the river. It literally was such an incredible sight. I would recommend anyone to take this route too, you can find it on the Vietnam Coracle.
Hue was the mid-way point for our journey through Vietnam. It was here that we were given our free service from Partners of Style Motorbikes (Address: 24 Nguyen Sing Cung, Hue, Vietnam). We had a couple of problems such as the bike leaning over too far when stationary and the bike not going into neutral very well. They fixed both of these problems, but made the break too high and uncomfortable for Jac in doing so. Jac got used to the new positioning eventually, so it was all good. We had a fully functional bike once more!
Hue was a cool city and we both really liked the vibe here. Our hostel was right on walking street, so of course the first night we went out and got smashed at a club called Brown Eyes! Anyone who has been struggling to find some alright house music which isn't cheesy chart hits like what is playing on the rest of the walking streets, you can find this here! In Hue, we went to the abandoned Waterpark, which was pretty cool. You can read about it in more detail <here>
There's actually a lot of cool things you can do in Hue, although we missed a few off including the Bach Ma National Park. It's about an hours drive away but has some really cool hiking trails, including a 150m waterfall you can scramble down, a 30km hike to the top and load of smaller trails. Unfortunately, the day we planned on going the heavens opened so we're pretty gutted we missed it.
The market here was also pretty interesting, we saw - wait for it... an entire cows face there to be bought.
From Hue, we rode the 3.5 hour route via the QL1A. We chose the coastal route over the more scenic HCM highway route on the west for this journey because: A) we were all hungover and couldn't face the extra 3 hours the HCMH route would have added. And B) we were heading to Phong Nha Ke Bang... So at least there would be some beautiful sights at the end!
We drastically noticed the change in weather on this drive too. We were used to having to slap on the factor 50 on our drives so far, and still getting burnt on nearly every one. This drive was very cold, wet and windy, so it wasn't as pleasurable as the others. Jac's hands were freezing and I wore knee length thin trousers, so my legs were cold for hours too. We definitely recommend checking the forecast and dressing appropriately for bike journeys as 5-6 hours in cold, wet conditions can be pretty rough!
Phong Nha was absolutely beautiful as expected, the ever-green mountains around you are crazy as you drive into Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. There are tonnes of caves and waterfalls to explore here, and it's actually home to the largest cave in the world. If you like a bit of adventure and want to spend a bit of your hard-saved money, this is the place to do just that. We booked ourselves on to a Tu Lan 3 day/2 night caving course. It was so good and you can read about that <here> We spent 7 days in Phong Nha all together, two of which days were spent with a sore head. Theres a club here which is pretty funny and after the days we were having we felt fully deserved to drink as much as wanted. We could have easily spent longer here because of the sheer volume of adventure things there is to do.
Phong Nha was one of our favourite places in Vietnam. We spent an entire day just driving the Ho Chi Minh Trail route with goes around a large area within the National Park. This was epic and we'd both strongly recommend doing it if you're on a bike. We found our own caves to explore, stopped at a local shack for food and even had to have drive for a while with a burst tyre all adding to the adventure. Jac and Nils even ventured to the infamous urban legend, 'The Pub With Cold Beer' where they killed and ate their own chickens which you can read more about <Here>
After Phong Nha, we travelled to Hoang Mai, which isn't a popular destination on the south to north motorbike routes. It's more common for people to drive to Vinh and Ninh Binh before reaching Hanoi, however with not much to do in Vinh and plenty to do in Ninh Binh, we decided to extend the 4 hour (205km) journey to Vinh by 2 more hours (75km) and drove to Hoang Mai instead. We arrived in Hoang Mai at around 7pm, drove to a random hostel and managed to get a room for 3 (as Nils was with us) for 150,000 VND, what a bargain! There wasn't much to do in Hoang Mai either and we were all feeling pretty exhausted after a long day driving so after some street food, we called it a night ready for the shorter journey in the morning.
The journey to Ninh Binh (2hours40/127km) was one of our shortest journeys, but at the same time one of our most disastrous journeys yet. We started the journey early at around 8:30am so that we could spend more time in Ninh Binh that day. The journey was going great until around an hour in when we unfortunately had our first proper motorbike accident! We were driving in close distance with a few cars, when one car, with no working brake lights, suddenly broke straight in front of us. I looked up as I felt Jac brake hard and saw us going straight in the direction of the back of the car. I thought we were going to go into it for a second until Jac turned right in order to swerve out of the way of the car. We missed the back of the car, but as we are on a bike with 2 people and luggage, the bike lost control and started snaking whilst Jac was hitting the brake! The bike fell to the floor, sending us both with it in the middle of the road. Luckily, we were both not too badly injured and the bike was ok! We've both burnt our legs however, which is pretty rubbish but it's another story to tell when we are home! All in all though, it was a crazy experience, but I suppose you can't drive all the way through Vietnam without the chance of having at least one crash can you, especially on these crazy roads!
For those of you who have had a similar experience, I can imagine you can appreciate that fact that trying to get this sorted in Vietnam is extremely difficult. Going to a doctors, is both time consuming and costs a fortune and self-medicating open wounds is equally as hard because it is a nightmare to get non-adhesive bandages. In fact, in this situation we went to Pharmacy who dressed our legs in normal cotton gauzes, which we had to then tear off of the open wounds because they had got stuck to the burns, making the whole situation worse. So, we've written a blog on how to sort this stuff yourself, what you need to buy and how to do it because we couldn't find anything online!! Hopefully this'll never happen to you but just incase have a <read here> for our DIY motorbike burn guide! (We've done this to help out, but in no way are we doctors and you should seek medical advise if you are in anyway worried)
We arrived in Ninh Binh that day and decided to have a chill day, being that we had a pretty hectic morning! We had to take the bike to a mechanic here as when we crashed, the speedometer consequently broke. It cost around 100,000VND to fix the speedometer, which isn't too bad seeing as that's only $4.50. Ninh Binh was great! We spent 2 days here spent motorcycling though the mountainous roads, meeting locals, drinking with locals, climbing up to the peak of Hang Mua Viewpoint and rowing down a river into caves with a little old lady. We also checked the top trip advisor restaurant in Nimh Binh, Trung Tuyet Restaurant - which was the best food by a million miles we'd had so far in Vietnam (plus it was so cheap and the portions were massive).
On the 2nd of April, precisely 5 weeks and 3 days after we left Ho Chi Minh, we were finally making our last drive all the way to Hanoi. The last leg of our motorbike journey and the place in which we would say goodbye to our beloved little bike who had done us so well over the last 38 days! We drove 110km from Ninh Binh, which took about 2hours 30mins. One thing we knew for sure is that you can't half tell when you are getting closer and closer to Hanoi. The traffic is insane! It really takes you back to the Ho Chi Minh days when you drive into the centre, with motorbikes covering every inch of road surface that isn't covered by a car already, traffic swerving in all different directions and the sound of horns constantly being hit by the drivers. Jac actually finds it really fun travelling in traffic like this and I find it fun to watch too! Funnily enough, we had actually both missed the buzz of it all, which is such a huge change from the overwhelming feeling of it all back when we started in Ho Chi Minh.
Arriving in Hanoi was such a nice feeling. We had done it! Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi via motorbike, with a whopping total of 3675 km clocked up on the meter. We had met some absolutely amazing people during the journey, a few of which will continue to be our friends for life, having given us the best memories we could have asked for. It goes without saying, it had its ups and downs. It had it's unbelievably numb bums and juicy vietnamese kisses (burn scars), it's truly beautiful sights and not-so-nice rainy night-drives, but it was the experience of a lifetime and we wouldn't change it for the world!
For anyone thinking about making your way through Vietnam via motorbike, all we can say is do it! You won't regret it and it's the feeling of a life-time once it's complete. If you have any questions about our journey or need any advice, please get in touch, we would be more than happy to share any knowledge and experience. We've also put together a top ten tips for motorbiking through Vietnam so you can have a read of that <here>
Till next time, happy travelling!
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