Random adventures #2

This one is about new year in Vietnam. 

So I was playing pool at my hostel in Nin Binh and at around 11:15 pm, the hostel guy who bartends comes in animated and asks “Who wants to see some fireworks?!” 

I join the two local guys and a couple from Netherlands and am lead to a jeep. The jeep turns out to be US military style jeep with big speakers and DJ music running on it! 

We then proceed to drive around the town for the next 45 minutes, while I’m almost freezing because I’m just wearing a light fleece and wasn’t prepared for riding around, all the time thinking how the heck did I even get into this situation!? We finally did see a few fireworks and the guys I was with were overjoyed 🙂

Vietnam motorbike diaries – Day 2 (Ninh Binh to Vinh)

2nd day of riding today. 

From: Ninh Binh

To: Vinh

Distance: 210 kms

Today, I was riding with Kevin and he told me the highway 1 is easy to ride on unlike what other people suggest. Usually people ask to take the Ho Chi Minh Road. Also, because of the new year the roads were to be empty so this sounded like a good option. 

Took roughly 5.5 hours for the journey. The highlight was that roads were deserted since everyone spends new year at home. 


  

Phoebe averages to about 45 kms per litre of petrol. Not bad at all! 

Vietnam motorbike diaries – Day 1 (Hanoi to Ninh Binh)

First intercity day with Phoebe, after 9 days in Vietnam.

From: Hanoi

To: Ninh Binh

Distance: 130 kms

It was a fun ride. Phoebe runs at 60 kmph comfortably and could go up to 80. I liked riding her between 50-60. Can sound like a helicopter though. Haha. These Vietnamese bikes are barely reliable, let’s see how it goes in the future.

There were some good views on the way:


I came across this temple as well:


My hostel in Ninh Binh has spectacular views:


City looks cool:


And I had the best vegetarian food I’ve had in Vietnam. It was tofu in tomato sauce and tasted really good. Sometimes food in Vietnam can be colourful but lacks in taste, but not in this case. And this was just 25k dong or 1$ for so much food:


Still a long way South and I already feel time is less 😉