Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 23 – On a desert

I just can’t drive without stopping, it’s too beautiful here – Steffen said out loud what was on my mind when we pulled over for a fifth time within 10 minutes. The coastal road we took after Nha Trang was astonishing. Small islands, blue lagoons, countless fishermen boats and calm ocean were taking our breaths away every second. We were planning to catch up with kilometers that day and...

Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 14 – Ninh Binh

What a day! We went with one bike (because Steffens bike had to get a wheel bearing replaced) to the Cuc Phuong national park northwest of Ninh Binh. At first we visited the Turtle Conservation Center and the Endangered Primates Rescue Center. And what do I see there? Both was great, but also very shocking and heartbreaking. Did you know Chinese people eat Monkey brain? They also eat turtles...

Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 12

The day before we were wondering what time should we wake up to have enough time to get to Hanoi and do everything we had, and wanted to, do. Breakfast started at 7:30 and by that time we wanted to have our backpacks already strapped to the bikes. – 6:45 is enough – no way, you always need ages to pack – wanna bet? The rules were easy: if...

Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 13

May de Ville, beside of the fancy name had also fancy breakfast service. We stuffed ourselves with toasts and moved right to… egg coffee place from the day before. We couldn’t leave Hanoi without trying ot once again! Full of sugar and egg yolks we picked up our bike from a lovely older man in whose cellar we left them for the night. Our destination – Ninh Binh was...

Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 11 – Cat Ba

You probably think we are sleeping in most of our days during our travel. But actually, that’s so rarely the case. In the last two weeks we did not have slept in until late. So today was no different! Our boat cruise which was only 300.000VND per person, started at 8 o’clock. Initially we wanted to do some kayaking or exploring on our own. Unfortunately, just like most of...

Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 8 & 9

Our alarm rang at 6.30 and we finally made it out of bed at 7, despite another lovely gray morning. Great. Our great weather from the day before didn’t last very long. As we left the northern most point in Vietnam the rain slowly started picking up and visibility was nearly zero. The clouds engulfed us and never let us go. Despite having nice ponchos, the water and cold...

Screw hitchhiking, let’s drive – Day 7

The day started pretty bad. We woke up too early, my backpack was wrongly attached, the hairs were itching my face inside the helmet, gearbox was not responding and what’s the worst – I didn’t have my morning coffee. After painful 30 km we were on top of a mountain pass where we planned a first stop. Tiny, Vietnamese coffee was just enough to let my headache go away...

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