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Flag of Vietnam  , Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu,
Monday, April 4, 2011

SAIGON to VUNG TAU

Blogging late again - it has been a few days, where do I start? - just busy riding and meeting people.

OK, i picked up the bike and carefully packed all my gear on, got a few more tips and directions. I got guided from the back streets to the Hwy to get me started, plus he wanted to make sure I rode on the right side of the road. (which i didn't but it will never happen again!)
Riding down to Vung Tau was pretty much uneventful, just heaps of road works but I got into swing of it very quickly. Lots of Young locals riding with me giving peace signs and thumbs up, I felt welcome.  Yes the traffic is crazy but it all has a interweaving system and it works.

Vung Tau is a resort town on a Peninsula, It is used by the rich Saigonese as a weekend escape and the are many many expats living here to. (Australia's main base was near here).
It's a very beautiful town with a wide Blvd following the peninsula right around from the back beach to the front beach.
I have meet many expats here and they are all so friendly, always willing to help out with maps, meals, directions, who to talk to, what to avoid - all this over a beer or 15 !!

I have been fortunate enuff to get in contact Mr. Dean (he's the father of my good friend Michelle back in Adelaide) he took me under his wing and showed me around, I have to get back oneday - Thanks Deano !!
Also, if one ever visits Vung Tau and you need anything, just walk into Tommy's sports bar and Glen will find you. He's a great guy and a wealth of information and willing to help at a drop of a hat, he's another diamond like Mr.Dean
Glen got me in contact with a lovely couple Ron and Ailsa fro Aust' who are heavily involved with orphaned kids and setting up a small school here in Vung Tau and around. I'm keeping in contact with them to see what can be done to help.

I've spent alot of time here listening to expat stories of life style here and such. Many many beers help the good stories flow. I've met so many wonderful people it is going to be very hard to leave Vung Tau but i must press on.
Next stop up the coast road to Mui Ne.

 
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stueyd
stueyd on

I knew you would love it mate!...and how great is the food!
Your doing a fantastic job with the blog!, really enjoying reading!
Stay safe my friend

sumatran_tiger
sumatran_tiger on

wow .... what a blessing meeting nice people where ever you go, keep riding and writing Johnny, love it. xo

Sian on

Doing well Johnny - good to see you're up and away.. Keep the entries coming!! I'll def have to show Ben now, two new entries..

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