Friday, October 3, 2014

September Ride 2014 (Part 1)

A 5000km road trip on a vespa, riding in 22 days.
4 vespas, 7 persons.

Day 1: We ride from Saigon to Nha Trang city, 450km. I had rode this many many times. We choose to ride near the beach pass Mui Ne beach, not on 1st Highway.

 Morning in my house, Nha Trang city. 

Day 2: Nha Trang to Quy Nhơn city, nearly 330km.

Take this picture in Quy Nhơn city. 

 Hoang's vespa have problem with the back shock. Luckily, it's easy to fix.

Day 3: Quy Nhon to Hoi An. It's really tired of riding in hot weather.

Quang Ngai province, on the way to Hoi An. 

Banh Mi, the best street food in the world, in Hoi An. 

 My vespa friend Catie, from Malaysia, come and ride with us.
Good hotel in Hoi An: An Hội hotel.
Eat: Ms Sáu restaurant, near An Hoi hotel. Wait a litle bit long for food but good.

Day 4: Hoi An to Da Nang. Hotel in Da Nang: Viễn Đông.

Took this picture in Da Nang city. 

Day 5: Da Nang to A Luoi town on Ho Chi Minh trail.

 Hin - like a monk. :D

Day 6: A Luoi to Phong Nha - Ke Bang on West Truong Son road.
Tips when riding this road:
+ All concrete road, need a good tyres.
+ Nearly 200km dont have gas station, we should bring extra gas.
+ A lot of pass, cant ride fast, we should ride early.

Khe Sanh (historical) town.

Hin checked the front rack.

Quick stop in West Truong Son (Ho Chi Minh trail)

West Truong Son (Truong Son Tay) is nearly 230km, not to long for a day ride but a lot of pass. We couldnt ride fast. I'm really scared when riding at night here, nobody help if our vespas have problem. But we had no choise, we couldnt stop, nobody lived here. Luckily we had enough light with 2 of 15W led light and 1 of 30W led light. 
When we thought about it, just 1 word to say: Crazy!

Day 7: Phong Nha - Ke Bang to Tan Ky, Thanh Hoa province.

Last year, on The Mountain Ride trip, me and Hin finished the 580km from Phong Nha - Ke Bang to Hanoi in 1 day (start at 5am and reach Hanoi at 8pm). But this time, we finished a half.

Hin and Hoang

Awang and Catie from Malaysia.

SuperBee cylinder crashed. That why we just finished a half.

Day 8: Tan Ky (Thanh Hoa) to Hanoi.

Day 9: Stay in Hanoi.

My P200 had problem with shock, so i need to change in Hanoi. This was my 3nd time i visited Hanoi, but i didnt like this place. Still dont know why they alway charged us higher than local people.

Day 10: Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai

The main purpose of the trip, we came to Mu Cang Chai to see the rice field.

Quynh Skulls and Nấm (Hoàng's girlfriend)


  1. As all your life style adventures ...just brilliant !
    Da you are true traveller!
    Len (vespa gts300 & lam gp200 sil)
    Www.vespagts300.blogspot. Com

  2. I greatly enjoy your pictures. All the scooters, food, scenery, riding adventures, having fun. I grew up in Italy with a Vespa and your adventures remind me of my youth. Keep it up