Laos and Cambodia Motorbike Ride Report 2013

Since the day we finished the ride in Vietnam we’ve talked about going back to Asia for another bike trip. It took a couple of years to come together but in the end we settled on Laos and Cambodia for a ride in late 2013. Continue reading Laos and Cambodia Motorbike Ride Report 2013

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Vietnam Motorbike Adventure 2011

Background

First and foremost i’d like to thank Top Gear for the inspiration to get a trip like this organised. We, like many others, saw the Top Gear Vietnam Special and couldn’t resist the opportunity to replicate it. The episode was first aired back in December 2008 as part of season 12 of the series. Since viewing, it had inspired countless “what if” conversations over a few beers but it wasn’t until some incredibly cheap flights to Vietnam (under $500 return from Melbourne) popped up in January 2011 that the idea became a reality. A quick ring around separated the “talkers” from the “doers” and we were locked in for an October adventure. Continue reading Vietnam Motorbike Adventure 2011

Laos Motorbike Ride Report – Day 3

Sainyabuli (Xaignabouri) to Luang Prabang

  • 122km
  • 4 hours riding (including breaks)

Ride Map Day 3

Side note: One thing to be aware of when travelling through Laos is the naming of towns. They will vary dramatically. Quite often there’s one name for road signs, one for local maps and a third for guide books (TripAdvisor) and things like Google Maps. Most of the time they were close enough that you would catch on but as with the case of Sainyabuli the name you see when planning the days ride the night before doesn’t even start with the same letter as the name you’ll see on the road signs along the way. If looking up places on your phone we also found Apple Maps to be far more detailed than Google Maps for both Laos and Cambodia. Continue reading Laos Motorbike Ride Report – Day 3

Vietnam Motorbike Adventure – Day 10

Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City

  • 301kms
  • 7 hours riding time

We started the day bright and early and made our way down to the bikes at about 6:15am. The only criticism  I have of the Thien An Hotel, and to be clear I couldn’t recommend the place highly enough, is that it doesn’t have a lift. Our room was on the top floor, the three windows you can see in the picture below, and hauling our luggage up and down was a bit of a pain. More so after the previous days riding than taking the stuff back down this morning. Continue reading Vietnam Motorbike Adventure – Day 10