I spent four days sitting on the luggage rack of Justin's 250cc dirtbike while we rode up and down mountains, around an infinate number of bends, and over so many pot holes we actually cherished every minute of flat road. And that was when there WERE roads!
despite feeling very sore afterwards, I think that it was one of the best things I've ever done. It opened up an entire new side of vietnam that I had never experienced before. It was absolutely beautiful, the people were so friendly, and we had a great time with our guide Thuan (nicknamed Jackie because of his resemblance to Jackie Chan).
Thuan took us to various silk factories, coffee plantations, and restaurants along the way. He showed us tapioca plants, and a huge jungle which is still occupied by the military and booby-trapped incase another war breaks out. we learnt a lot as well as soaking up some of the vietnamese atmosphere, and seeing places far from the tourist trail.
at the end of the fourth day, we arrived in Mui Ne, a long stretch of road which goes along a beach. the whole thing is lined by huge, expensive resorts full of fat russians. It was a pretty shitty town but the beach was really nice, and we went on a scooter trip to the most beautiful sand dunes ever!
After chilling here for a week or so, we decided it was time to head on to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Wow. Saigon was amazing! A really cool city, great to walk around and check things out. Also a very lively party scene and countless places to eat! We went and saw the Cu Chi tunnels, used by the viet cong and the guerillas to fight against the americans and their puppet government. Lots of anti-american propaganda. Also, the war museum which was really great. Photo exhibitions from the war, old aircraft and tanks, a section of pictures drawn by children trying to instigate peace...
Whilst Justin tried to sell his motorbike, I got on a bus to phnom penh. After 2 and a half months, it was time to say goodbye to Vietnam!