Easy riding through the central highlands

Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

As some of you know already, Niall and I took a five day tour through the Central Highlands of Vietnam with some guys who call themselves the Easy Riders. Christened by the Lonely Planet, the Easy Riders make tours and trips easy!! Nothings a problem and so we gave ourselves over to them for five days on a motorbike, ruck sacks in tow to get an insight into Vietnam.

Our route was this: Dalat to Lak Village, Lak Village to Buon Ma Thout, Buon Ma Thout to Kontum, onto Phuon Son and finishing in Hoi An.

The scenery was spectacular.  The food amazing. The people curious and our asses sore. But we soon got over that. I have to say this whole trip was such information overload that I cant possibly go into detail on everything. Manys a pagoda (buddist temple) we did see, manys a minority villager and village. Manys the buffalo on the side of the road.  But the highlights I will tell you a little about. 

We got to the third stop, Kon Tum, after 3 days.  By now our tender bums had recovered and were well able for hours on a bike. Now Kontum was special. Our guide told us that everyone there were real 'country bumpkins' (his words) and sure I haven't a clue but what is there are two orphanages where westerners adopt little babies from. At the moment the government has stopped the adoptions - no one is sure why - but we were lucky enough to be allowed in to spend some time with them. Talk about tearing on the heart strings. Amazing.

But that is only one story. Another lady invited us into her house for tea just because we took shelter from the rain outsider her house. She was some women (9 kids and 36 grandkids) but as per, kept smiling the whole time we were there.

After Kon Tum, we spent the final two days on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Its 50 years old this year and has been rebuilt to be an actual road now. It follows much the same path as the original and again we were lucky enough to hike a little way off the main track to stand on a bomb ridden bridge - which has not been rebuilt. This is typically, where we got attacked by leeches. Never thought that would happen!!

Our trip ended in Hoi An where we stayed just a night - more about that later but for now I've uploaded pictures which you might like to see. Not all are mentioned here but have a look and click into each, there should be a little story too.

Thanks for reading by the way, hope yis are all enjoying it!!!
 

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Scott F on

I'm liking your reports Nic, very good! Like the lady with all the grandchildren - wow! The guy with the pig on the back of his bike is just awesome =)

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