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::: Vietnam Adventure - Chasing up the rain

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Yeah, as what you see on this topic title, my trip was done during raining season in South of Vietnam. Great experience to me, so far. :rider:
 
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It is really my desired trip since I started thinking about adventure riding.
We was planning for the trip within April, however, we seemed not quite like the sunny season, so that why the trip was took place in June, where the rain comes.
Four bikers for the trip, and two more joined from highland, just go, don't care where to stop end of the day.

1. Leanhngoc34
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2. Nguyenanhthi
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3. Phanbatrac
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4. Speedevil
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5. Thaihoa777
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6. Viethorse
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Gathered at our friendly cafe', friends came to see us off:
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Really excited for the coming ride:
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What point for a shiny BMW GS? ****, dirty it!!
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Got all the gears set. Tent, food, water, bike tool, torch light, and lots of miscellaneous things. I had added not less than 20kg to the saddle bags!
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It was sunny until we done around 60km away from home:

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Stopped for getting the rain coats on:

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A phone pix when we have raincoats on:

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We stopped for lunch at a friend's house, about 130km raining from home:
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Already got some dirt:

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Oh **** the lunch:
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Really yammy food:

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Friends informed us that the bridge on our planned way has been swept away because of flooding. ****, that's how the rain started here.
Gotta find our own way to get to the other side of the national park:



Nice adv road just out of the house, which leaded us to the amazing rain trip:

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Really cool weather, small rain, that made the ride seemed more worth it:
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Group photo again, in the rain:

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It was raining more and more, the sky came darker quite fast. Took and other rest on a bridge:

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This guy looked confident as he was wearing waterproof suit:
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My loaded GS:

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Kept on riding, we almost forgot that the night has came. Distribute some dry food to all members, then we rode in the night.

Everyone was still excited about the ride, so none of us think of the destination that night. Just ride, continuously...
Reached a cross, the signboar says there are 40km more to the Bu Gia Map national park.
Stopped for rest and decided to station in the next 40km for the night:

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If you are US veteran from VN, you may know the place called Bom Bo. Well, it's a village name, and it was legend of Vietnam highland village during the last war. It was also 40km to reach Bom Bo village.

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It rained for the whole 40km to Bu Gia Map.
We stopped at a cafe' in the village. I talked to the owner and he allowed us to use his cafe' floor for erect our tent.
Half an hour later, a friend of friend came and advised us not to stay there. He showed us a small Guesthouse nearby with cheap price and safer for us.

Well, it's here, $7.5 each room, aircon, hot water, secured bike park...:

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The guesthouse owner was so friendly. He gave us his kitchen to cook. He also gave us some local fruit.
We learned a lot about this area, as well as the stories about the route we are going to take in the next day.
One of the most impressive story that there were four accidents had been happened just last week, since the rain season started. That's because of lightning. People just died suddenly when traveling to work or to school.

It rained all night long.

Guesthouse 's gate in the next morning - no rain:
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Small market in the village:



A buddy bought a pair of sandals. The other tried to be the seller.
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Where in the world you can find this kind of transportation means? It's durable, reliable, and bloody cheap!



We invited Guesthouse owner for a breakfast outside. He invited us a really nice coffee session.
Time for all paperwork endorsement for the access of Bu Gia Map national park:

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See the great adventure road just 1km away from the Guesthouse:




 
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We reached first Check point of the Frontier soldiers:

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Lots of information about the park, rule and regulation here:

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That's where we were heading to:

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Access granted:
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The road after the first check point - it's a concrete road, narrow, no traffic:

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Looked like we were going to the wild place:

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See how the road:
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A small bridge over the stream:
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My buddies:
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You can see the stickers on my saddle bag. That's how we show our ownership to our sea, our islands; against Chinese's Govt. invasion.

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Deeper and deeper into the forest:
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An open view where we saw some fields:
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And houses:
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The road sign says it's the patrol road, not a public one:

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2nd check point:
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Extreme security - the sign board said:

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After this gate, there would be another section of higher security level:
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We came down for paper work:
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Obtaining the pass thru permission was not easy as we though. Time consuming:
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Take a nap at middle of nowhere:
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And finally - access granted:
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One by one passed the gate...
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This is truly military road, no traffic, no sign of people...
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It was good weather then, no rain here:
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Stopped for water. Lots of insects flying all around:
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Military bridge:

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Kept on riding:
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The road was wetter and wetter...
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Slippery road:
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Almost reach the 3rd check point:

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Yeah, it is:

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We was called back for checking:

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Rain poured almost the rest of the ride that day...
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Oh, it even matches with my car and my CX cafe racer :rofl:
I thought it matched the beautiful cafe racer. :clap: Have you posted a pic of the car?

Daelim? I've seen chains on car tires for snow but chains on a motorcycle? :doh:
That can't be a factory electrical wiring job! :eek2:

Another great ride post!! :rider: BUT it's not an adventure ride unless the top of the bike gets as dirty as the bottom of the bike! :rofl:
 

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A lot of nice pictures, I said it before... I love the vegetation / tropical nature.
Thanks for posting!
 
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I thought it matched the beautiful cafe racer. :clap: Have you posted a pic of the car?

Daelim? I've seen chains on car tires for snow but chains on a motorcycle? :doh:
That can't be a factory electrical wiring job! :eek2:

Another great ride post!! :rider: BUT it's not an adventure ride unless the top of the bike gets as dirty as the bottom of the bike! :rofl:
Below pic shows my car with my cafe racer.
You are right about the Daelim. It's **** old bike. People use cam-chains to make the tire useable for all kind of terrain.
Well, it's already "adventure" enough to me though. Rode in the rain, during the night, on the dirt road... Good and fun enough.
Ah, the bike top looked clean as it was almost running in the rain. :rider:

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Riding in the rain for some hours, then we came to the highland called Dakmil. Met two friends of ours there:

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Discussed about the next route:

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Big thank to this little guy, who have ridden almost 300km semi-offroad to see us here:
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We spent our night explore Ban Me Thuot City. That's really nice highland city.
Wake up early morning:
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Moved to the breakfast:
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Sort of special dish there - beef noodle with two bows:

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Leaving Buon Ma Thuot:
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Some more view just outside of Buon Ma Thuot City:

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Don't know why many pupils on the road. It should be weekend of the Summer holiday:

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Special thing of highland - many many of cows:

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A quick rest to see off the highland friend. He 's got to come back home:

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Nice corner:
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He's ready to be back with kids:
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I am very very envious! Having been in Buôn Ma Thuôt, I recognize some of the places you're traveling.

Though I am a westerner, I lived in Huế in 2005-06 and return often to see old friends. Though I never did any adventure riding in the area you're in, I have been up into the mountains in the Nam Đông district southwest of Huế.

When I lived there, I owned a little Honda Dream - a typical 110 cc motorbike. When I came back to the US, I missed that little bike so much I bought a bike and got back into riding again. My avatar is my wife and I on the Honda during the rain season.

I might add, I never saw bikes like yours while I lived there. I saw a parked Harley once in Cần Thơ and a Goldwing in Huế, but never a V Strom or a Beemer.

I'm a little different than most people who visit Việt Nam as I am a combat veteran of the American War - and am even married to a woman who served there as an Army nurse. I even wrote a book about my experience of being a war vet who returned to live there - "Same River, Different Water: A Veteran's Journey from Vietnam to Việt Nam." ( [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Same-River-Different-Water-Veterans/dp/1467906921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372385421&sr=1-1&keywords=same+river+different+water"]http://www.amazon.com/Same-River-Different-Water-Veterans/dp/1467906921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372385421&sr=1-1&keywords=same+river+different+water[/ame] )

I am watching this thread with a lot of anticipation - keep the photos coming. You're making me homesick! Tomorrow I ride from deep south Texas to Houston to spend some time with one of my former students who is now in graduate school at U Houston. Have a bowl of phở for me.
 
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I am very very envious! Having been in Buôn Ma Thuôt, I recognize some of the places you're traveling.

Though I am a westerner, I lived in Huế in 2005-06 and return often to see old friends. Though I never did any adventure riding in the area you're in, I have been up into the mountains in the Nam Đông district southwest of Huế.

When I lived there, I owned a little Honda Dream - a typical 110 cc motorbike. When I came back to the US, I missed that little bike so much I bought a bike and got back into riding again. My avatar is my wife and I on the Honda during the rain season.

I might add, I never saw bikes like yours while I lived there. I saw a parked Harley once in Cần Thơ and a Goldwing in Huế, but never a V Strom or a Beemer.

I'm a little different than most people who visit Việt Nam as I am a combat veteran of the American War - and am even married to a woman who served there as an Army nurse. I even wrote a book about my experience of being a war vet who returned to live there - "Same River, Different Water: A Veteran's Journey from Vietnam to Việt Nam." ( http://www.amazon.com/Same-River-Different-Water-Veterans/dp/1467906921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372385421&sr=1-1&keywords=same+river+different+water )

I am watching this thread with a lot of anticipation - keep the photos coming. You're making me homesick! Tomorrow I ride from deep south Texas to Houston to spend some time with one of my former students who is now in graduate school at U Houston. Have a bowl of phở for me.
Howdy Mr. Young,
Thanks for your comment. It's my pleasure to share with the world how beautiful and peaceful Vietnam is.
I have heard from a lot of people that they have very much different view and thinking about Vietnam and all its related stuff. And lot of information they have are not so true or very much out of date. I really appreciate the your time spending in Vietnam to teach young people English and giving them ideas about the world beyond the border.
It's really surprising me when seeing your Vietnamese writing. I don't know how can you get it?! Or you have the Vietnamese typing software or just copy from Google :-P. Whatever it is, that tells me how you love Vietnam.
Photos of this thread is still coming, even though not many more.
However, I will keep all my TWT friends posted anytime I have chance to ride out.
Thanks for sharing the link to your book. That must be an interesting book.
 
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. . . It's really surprising me when seeing your Vietnamese writing. I don't know how can you get it?! . . .
Unikey :-P I found out about it while living in Huế and installed it on my laptop.

In a moment I am off to Bellaire, where I will pick up Trang and we'll ride to Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula. I sent the link to this thread to her last night and she replied that it made her feet itchy to ride.

Ride on - loving your report and pix.
 
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Oh yeah. Unikey is my most favorite Vietnamese typing software. Great thing that you can install and use it effectively.

Photos coming...
 
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5 bikers left for the ride. We were going down hill, toward the Hochiminh City.

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There should be a lake:
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An open area among the mounts:
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Let's take a silent moment to enjoy the nature view:

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People here raise fish on the water:
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Some local houses:

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They spend their lives floating like that, don't give a **** care to the noisy and dirty city:

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Is this lake on the road from Đà Lạt to HCMC? Is there a big monument nearby?

I showed some friends the poster on your bike about the islands that China says they own. They agree with you - and I do too!

You make me homesick.
 
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Is this lake on the road from Đà Lạt to HCMC? Is there a big monument nearby?

I showed some friends the poster on your bike about the islands that China says they own. They agree with you - and I do too!

You make me homesick.
Negative, Doug. It's on the way from Ban Me Thuot to Dalat. Somewhere near Krongno area.
I have no idea why there is a lake. Recently, many lakes appear or disappear due to the construction of hydro-power plants.
Talking about the Vietnamese Islands and seawater, everyone understands and agrees, but the Chinese. :eat:
 
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Another stop at a high point:
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Where we can have an open view:
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Here go the guys:
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Do'h, this boy worn his rain pants all day long - d@m hot!! :trust:
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Me too, but not for long :lol2::

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Mark on the ground: "Land slide" :rider: :rofl:

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Nothing much from there to our homes.
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Phu Son pass:

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It rained again:
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Well, we focused on the way home, almost no more pix taken then
The trip was ended up with total around 1,000km, with great feeling. Don't know when can we have the same trip again..

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You can find the tracklog posted here: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1432950

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We will be back with bikers spirit and friendship...
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and with new challenges....

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GREAT story and photos! I enjoyed the entire story - and thanx for the GPS tracks - gives me a good idea of where you were.
 
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GREAT story and photos! I enjoyed the entire story - and thanx for the GPS tracks - gives me a good idea of where you were.
Thank you Sir.
I really like to have tracklog for every trip of mine. Sometimes, no time to ride, just open photos and drag the tracklog to enjoy :lol2:

Such large motors! Where are all the little Hondas, Suzukis and Jawas under 250cc?
They were all hidden when we passing thru. :rider:
 
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