Cycling through Vietnam

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Water buffalo, typhoons, and happy kids:

After dreaming about a cycling trip to Vietnam for years, I finally did it this year. I went with a group through REI adventures. It was amazing. We started in Saigon, and via bike, bus, train and boat, made our way through the country to Hanoi. What follows are a few of the photos that I took, and a few words.

Scooters are the main mode of transport, serving as passenger vehicles, pickup trucks and taxi. 5 seems to be the max number one can fit, although more often it’s 3 or 4.

Scooter 5

Biking in the mountainous town of Dalat
Dalat Bike 2
Road Hazard
Cows In Road
Tony Climbs
Tony Climbs
Misty Mountain
Misty Mountain

Bikes and Chicken

Ancient Champa temples, circa 14th century
Cuong at Champa
Rice paddies are everywhere
Green Rice Paddies

A series of typhoons, or hurricanes, hit Vietnam during this trip. The bull doesn’t seem to mind, but I’m not sure where the owner went to.

Bull and Cart

Kids love to come out and say “HALLO!”
Funny Kids
Kid and boat
Kid and Boat
Woman and bike
Woman on bike

The bar on the tiny Whale Island, which is a minimalist eco-resort. Here we stayed in huts on the beach steps away from the surf.

Whale Island Bar

Paul and kids
Paul and kids
Monument at the site of the My Lai massacre
My Lai Monument
Dog in Hoi An
Dog in Hoi An

Self portrait in the streets of Hoi An, and ancient port town that retains much charm
Me in Hoi An
Hoi An flowers
Hoi An flowers
Shopping
Market ladies

Hoi An got pretty flooded from the typhoons. The water here had actually receded quite a bit already. It had been 7 feet higher a week before. Shops were open nonetheless.

Hoi An - Boy on bike

Bike on boat
Bike on boat
Fishing on the river next to Hoi An
Fisherman
Bikes double as carts and strollers
Baby on bike

Biking up Hai Van Pass

Dan near summit

Citadel at Hue, site of a huge battle during Tet offensive
Citadel at Hue
Noon time in the country, the roads are taken over by school kids going home to eat lunch
Lunch time

Water Buffalo coming. They make the funniest noise, almost like a squeak
Water buffalo
The army was mine sweeping along this road as we biked past, but the officers wouldn’t let me take a picture of them.
Sunny Bike Day
Relaction view
Relaction view

The kids had fun racing us on their way home from school

Boys on bike - Wanna race?

Hanoi
Veggie Vendor bike
Fragile Load of ceramics
Pottery vendor

Thanks for looking. Many more photos here!

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