Witness Floods Aftermath
gray, rainy skies are appropriate in Hanoi – many places you can
turnaround and feel like you are in Russia, or perhaps North Korea.
The Soviet-inspired tomb of Ho Chi Minh is one such place. However,
this hazy drizzle was remnant of something acutely catastrophic
– the ninth in continual series of storms that had lashed and drenched
Central Vietnam in the last month with more water and flooding than
had been seen in over a century. Was our tour already doomed?
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16-day bicycling tour by twelve Americans and Canadians involved
traveling the length of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Saigon, with plenty
of time to stop and see the uniqueness of the cities and people
along the way. Although cyclists ranged in ability from beginner
to champion racer, all found a way to explore Vietnam at their own
pace and in the best way possible -- as most locals do -- on two
diary was written and updated each day during the trip as it happened
during the tour according to the perspective of the author who makes
no claims of accuracy to the events happening as described herein.
of limestone peaks soar from the emerald waters of this World Heritage
site. We explored the calm waters, caves,and deserted beach coves
over three days by kayak.
academic, cultural, political and former Capitol of French Colonial
Indochine. Usually a grey, misty climate keeps everyone bundled
Imperial Capital of Vietnam where Emperors built majestic tombs
and a citadel on the banks of the Perfume River. It
was wet and our bikes late so we rented some local one-speeds.
to Nha Trang
ancient Japanese trading port, Hoi An retains unique wooden architecture,
Chinese temples and excellent cuisine that makes it everyones favorite
"Waikiki of Vietnam." What to do in a beach town with
no sun? We headed off on bike to explore the wide boulevards, ice
cream shops and back alleys.
French Hillstation, Dalat lies high up in the central highlands.
The high altitude and clear skies made for great cycling around
the lakes, villas and countryside of this unique city.