Lien Son, Vietnam

Thirty-eighth stop, Lien Son. The drive from Hoi An to Dalat is roughly 700 kilometers and takes about three fully days of driving on the Ho Chi Minh Highway. We ended up doing it in four days, as the first two days were long days of driving in the rain with a few motorcycle issues … More Lien Son, Vietnam

Hoi An

Thirty-seventh stop, Hoi An. This was one the places I was most excited to visit when I was doing my research on Vietnam. Not to say I didn’t enjoy Hoi An, but it’s definitely a city that has embraced western tourism and was a bit underwhelming for me. I always feel a bit selfish when … More Hoi An

Da Nang, Vietnam

Thirty-sixth stop, Da Nang. What was meant to be a stop over city, for a single night of rest, turned out to be one of my favorite places in Vietnam. Hue to Da Nang is only about 100 kilometers, but took us all day, as we really took our time going through the Van Hoi … More Da Nang, Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam

Thirty-fifth stop, Hue. Until 1945, when the French took control, Hue was the capitol of the Nguyen Dynasty. In the heart of the old city, the imperial palace and forbidden purple city are surrounded by a massive moat. Unfortunately, much of the old city was destroyed in the war. It was pretty disheartening looking at … More Hue, Vietnam

Phong Nha, Vietnam

Thirty-fourth stop, Phong Nha. Just a small town halfway between Hanoi and Hue, Phong Nha is known for its massive caves. Originally, I wanted to spelunk Son Doong cave, the largest cave in the world. Unfortunately, since it was only found in 2010, and still being mapped, there is only one tour agency that is … More Phong Nha, Vietnam

Tam Coc, Vietnam

Thirty-third stop, Tam Coc. A small town outside of Ninh Binh, Tam Coc is most famous for its proximity to the Perfume Pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park and taking a boat up the Song Vac river through the rice fields. The weather wasn’t great while I was there, cloudy, windy and cold. I didn’t do … More Tam Coc, Vietnam