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Vietnam Recap Video

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Expense Recap: SE Asia

December 26, 2022 While we tend to travel “cheap” compared to many tourists, we could have traveled cheaper in Thailand and Vietnam. First of all, we rented a 500cc motorcycle in both countries, which is a HUGE motorcycle for these places. We even had locals approach us several times and comment on what a big […]

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December 19, 2022 Riding back into Hanoi from Ninh Binh felt very different than when we left here a little less than three weeks ago. That day I was quite nervous about entering the traffic chaos and navigating my way out of the city. Today, having experienced a large variety of traffic, obstacles, etc and […]

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Ninh Binh

December 14-18, 2022 Having decided to avoid the rainy weather further south, we left Pu Luong and headed to Ninh Binh, south of Hanoi. Ninh Binh is a tourist destination for people in or from the Hanoi area, as it can be reached in just a few hours (it’s only about 60 miles south of […]

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Pu Luong: An Oasis of Relaxation

December 9-13, 2022 Often it’s not just a place that leaves lasting memories, but the people associated with the place as well. I had stumbled on Pu Luong Treehouse online back in late October and contacted the owner via their website as there didn’t seem to be a way to make a reservation directly on […]

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How to Get The Ha Giang Travel Permit in Dong Van

December 8, 2022 Every article we found online only gives the address and information about how to get the necessary Ha Giang Restricted Border Area Travel Permit in Ha Giang. But we didn’t start in Ha Giang. We went in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction around the Ha Giang Loop, from Hanoi to Meo Vac to […]

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Vietnam Driving Test

Vietnam Driving Test 1. Locate and identify the following vehicle controls: A. Horn B. Horn C. Horn Congratulations. You passed. For extra credit, answer the following questions: 2. You are approaching a 4-way intersection. On your right there is a large group of scooters approaching, including a man on a scooter with a full size […]

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Ha Giang Loop

December 4-8, 2022 Our first day out of Hanoi was a long one at around 145 miles. For the first couple of hours north, the road is fairly flat and straight, and only towns and traffic limit the average speed to between thirty and thirty five miles per hour. After that, you begin to enter […]

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Dec 1, 2022 After my comments about Thailand being the “Land of a million scooters”, and my quips about the traffic in Bangkok, our friend Graeme from Australia said “You haven’t been to Vietnam yet, much less India”. And he was right. A short flight from Chiang Mai took us to Hanoi, where we checked […]

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