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[Trip Report] Hanoi - Fly and Ride 03/03/2011 to 15/03/2011


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Okay here goes for the report for the trip. I must first introduce the stars of this trip.

Vincent (group leader)

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Barnes

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Anne

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Steph

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Ben

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Ong

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Tony

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Lawrence

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Allen Ye

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Alan Hoong

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Tan (Pronounced as Turn) – Our Guide

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Thiang (Our Mechanic)

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3/3/2011

Today is the start of the ride. All nine (less the Frenchman, Steph) were at the airport on time. Alan (spectrum) was there to send us off for the trip.

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The plane left at 8am sharp and the face of the stars in the plane shows how excited they are

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And the first word to learn on arrival at 1020hrs was

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Instant millionaires of their lifetime

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The hotel we stayed at

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First meal and then Coffee

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After lunch and coffee we went for a walk and instantly we had a commander in the making

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The minsk

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The Baja

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On arrival we found out we had too little money to spend. So I order here to start begging for money….hehehehe….

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Day 2 – 04/03/2011

 

Today will be the first day for our ride to Mai Chou. Woke up @ 5.30am (All timing in this report will be viet time). Had Breakfast @ 7am and gathered at the Bike Tour shop. Load all the saddle bags and prepare all equipment like GoPro camera, GPS, cameras….this morning was a wet day…..all was ready and the journey starts @ 9am. We travelled 170km today……

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Along the way,……..

Stopped at the Hanoi Stadium

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Stopped for lunch @ Luong Son

 

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Of course with coffee too

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The roads were so wet and add the dust and we have these

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After lunch we were on our way again

Hooma looks good eh???

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Plenty of these along the way

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Have you seen this before huh? Familiar hor?

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It gets misty at the hills

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Our 1st day Hotel…..hahahahaha Homestay lar!!

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Dinner is served

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1st Class entertainment

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He met his long lost Brother

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And had a good time…..

 

 

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Baja…

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Some nice views along the way

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He met his long lost Brother

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And had a good time…..

 

 

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Baja…

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Some nice views along the way

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Hi Barnes, nice report with great opening,looking forward to see more pic..:cool::thumb:

When is the next ride with F800GS?

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Day 3 – 05/03/2011

 

Wow had a good nite sleep after laughing all nite While Ben was dancing…weather was cooling too….Okay today is the second day of riding and we will be riding to Bac Yen – 157km…..was told that we may go off road today….was so kan chiong about it till Tony and Steph chiong in front and missed a turn….waited about ½ hour and no sign of them so we decided to skip the off road and head out the main road to look for the two missing dudes….along the way the scene was misty so I took a short off road ride to fill my desire for one…

 

Breakfast before we head out @ 0820hrs

 

 

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Tony just had to say goodbye to his new found lover hehehehehe…

 

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Top up before we ride

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This was where Toby and Steph took a wrong turn

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So I took my own short off road in and out then meet the others. Steph was there.

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Tony was waiting here

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This little guys loves pork and so did we

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This is the type of photo that will be the ones that will appear often now. Hahahahaha…

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We all just had to try this

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We had to cross this lake to the other side so boat is the only way

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Stopped at this padi field and chat chat with the villages

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Found this Kayu and wanted to buy for Cowboy aka Horse but too heavy

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Our dinner at Bac Yen

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This will be a familiar drink during our trip

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Ben and some of his togo kakis

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This was where we stayed

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Must carry on or not cannot finish this report

 

 

Day 4 – 6/3/2011

 

Today will be travelling about 183km to a place called Tuan Giao. Woke up at 5am…pack, washed up and had breakfast @ 7am…left at 820am. Reached Son La at 12pm and had our lunch….then left at 1 plus to go see the muzium but close lar (their lunch time) and can only see the place from some gaps on the walls…no choice but left and then it all begun….YES OFF ROAD for 40 plus km…few drops by the minsks and some clutch problem also on the minsk….however, with only a sore wrist from Allen after the fall, all others was well and we arrive the hotel at 530pm

 

Breakfast

 

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Of course Fuel top up before we ride

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This is the way they dress riding here

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Nice views along the way

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We rode and rode

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Then he came riding too

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True Com………..style

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Then coffee again

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Ben found his long lost uncle

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Lunch

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The muzium that was closed

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Look at her hair do…all the woman here are the same

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Off road begins

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Looking at his future land with its crops

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He came at last after taking a fall way back (twisted his wrist)

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A good rest after the off Road

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Looks familiar to some I am sure…

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This coffee POWER

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Again their normal way of dressing for the day

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Kied would love to see this

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We stayed here

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Day 5 – 7/3/2011

 

Today we will be riding to Sin Ho. Woke up at 5am and had BF at 630am. Supposed to leave early but it had to happen….one of the minsk just refused to wake up from its beauty sleep…..Mechanic had to do his stuff and we managed to leave at 820am….heard that today’s ride will be mainly unpaved road as there are a lot of construction works going on……two falls along the way but no injuries at all……arrived Sin Ho at 4pm after travelling 160km….

 

The long wait after breakfast

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As usual again the top up session

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The way she wears her helmet was because of the hair do shown in the earlier pix

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Start of the unpaved road…notice the gantry pole…got timing to go thru

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The wait…..relaxing time

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After a few hours like this

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We felt like doing this…hahahahaha….

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A few of this iron bridge along the way…notice the unpaved road

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Ang Mo Nang

 

Northern Vietnam ... nice place ... see a lot of familiar faces there ... Good that you guys had fun ...

 

We indeed had fun and laughter as well as good views and food....especially the coffee and bia Ha noi

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Few nice views along the way….beautiful

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One of the tribe ladies?

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This was indeed a relief to see this milestone after more than 100km riding on unpaved road

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Did a early top up as we did not want to back track next morning

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The guys came to this market and bot fish for the cook to do extra work

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Temperature today was

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We stayed here

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Day 6 & 7 – 8/3/2011 & 9/3/2011

 

This morning the original plan was to go to Tam Duong but due to the short distance to travel, it was changed to ride to Sapa and stay there for 2 nites. Woke up @ 630am and had breakfast and relax more and only left Sin Ho @ 0930hrs. The temp this morning was 12.3deg C. Had lunch @ Lai Chau @ 12pm. Had some time and the guys played snooker. Our guide fell during the ride to Sapa when the road were wet and slippery. It was also misty and some of us had problem as we wore glasses and it kept misting up. The temp on the way droped in the hills to 6.7 deg C and when we arrived at Sapa @ 3.45pm the temp was 9.2 deg C.Dinner was @ 730pm and hence we went shopping for the North Face jackets. Bot for myself 1 for USD40 and my wife’s was USD30. They were comfortable as the weather was real cold. We stayed two nites at Sapa

 

Snooker anyone

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Coffee anyone

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Temp taken was this and misty it was like this

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We need the hot bin with charcoal to keep our hands warm

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The North Face nice?

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My Lunch for a change on 9/3/2011 (no riding today)

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After lunch we went to the Tribe village for a visit. Wet and muddy though

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And real cold too

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Our dinner on the second nite was steamboat

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Day 8 – 10/3/2011

 

The end of the long ride is ending soon. Today will be the last ride to another place before we head back to Hanoi……so today’s ride will be 222km to Thac Ba…the best part is we headed towards the China border at Lai Chao…BF was @ 7am and we left the hotel at 8am….arrived at the border at 10am and took some pix…..visibilty before we arrived the border was about 5m…..todays stay is at the Homestay…..oh our lunch was at another homestay with a little off road to the place…cool man…..We arrived the Homestay at Thac Ba which is beside the lake,,,nice,,,,,

 

The road into Lai chao (China Border)

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That’s me Angmohkia….Cool ya?

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China side…sorry don’t know the Chinese words

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The bridge going across to china from Vietnam

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Hahahahaha….proof that AMK and wifey was there

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Met this China Man asking me to take his pix too…you love him?

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Like that also can

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Vietnam side of the border

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Tau Huay also have…..only one I saw at Vietnam and so must have

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Petrol again before we head for the trunk roads

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For your ino, this is legal in Vietnam

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Another Iron Bridge along the way

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We arrived at the homestay for lunch

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Happy because he can eat at last @ 2pm

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The homestay view

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The shack out China Man

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The famous fried spring roll, Pork, Special Veg, Beef

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Cabbage wrap around pork, Soup

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This was the dinner at the Homestay at Thac Ba

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Breakfast next Morning was pancakes with Manjo

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The group with the lady of the Homestay

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Day 9 – 11/3/2011

 

Woke up this morning at 6am and had the BF of Pancake and manjo…some has magi mee…At last, today we will be heading back to Hanoi – 171km..we left at 8am….slow ride along the trunk roads and had lunch at 1pm and then headed thru some small roads at the padi fields…..the mechanic today was a little unlucky and hit a buffalo along the way…clutch broke and had to ride without the clutch..the guide Turn was just great and managed to ride without the clutch even in the Hanoi traffic jam…kudos to him. Arrived at Hanoi at 1530hrs……END OF RIDING in Vietnam

 

This was how muddy the roads are

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Yes this is the veg that we had earlier the other day as told by the guide

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The wait for Mechanic who hit the buffalo

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Clutch broke

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Doing the legal thing

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No need to say who rode this Baja

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The glove that serves its purpose and end of life

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I wonder this is allowed back home

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The China Man Ben left this behind

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So the end of the ride

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The other few days, we took a trip to Halong Bay by Coach and here are some quick pix to digest

 

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Rooms are cool and nice

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The deck for relaxing

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3 Nation Charity Lune of the Vietnamese ….hahahahaha look like one ya?

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Our Boat

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Ben’s favourite Dish

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View from the Island we visited a cave

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The Frenchman

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Rubbish outside Ben”s room

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Breakfast onboard

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To End for the trip….we leave Hanoi on 15th March 2011

 

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The missing two was me taking the pix and Allen Ye who continued his tour of Vietnam down south.

 

Thanks for viewing.

 

Angmohkia

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