. Most of them lived in very new modern houses with roman pillars and painted toothpaste green, salmon pink etc.(very strange!) Stephan explained that until a few years ago they would have been poor and that there standard of living has improved dramatically. We stopped in a little town for lunch and coffee, before carrying on up and down mountains, through forests and jungles, passed coffee, tea and rubber farms and passed 6 weddings! We were lucky with the weather, it seemed to be constantly thundering and raining everywhere except for the direction we were heading. Later this afternoon we stopped in another small village where they have only just started growing coffee. It was interesting to see the difference in accommodation compared to the villages that we drove through earlier. Stephane and Mr Hieu explained that the village will probably change quite alot in the coming years as they start to earn more money. We carried on through a beautiful valley with a huge hydro-electric damn at the end, before stopping in one last village for the day. Here, the children were much less shy than the previous villages and they all came running to have their photos taken, which they seem to love. Today has been brilliant, we have really had an insight into local life and seen some wonderful scenery. This must be the first day on our entire trip that we haven't seen another tourist for a full day. The back of a motorbike has to be one of the best ways of getting off the beaten track and seeing a country.
We are loving Vietnam.Will x
Today we were on the road by 8am and after a quick breakfast we did a short ride before stopping at an amazing waterfall. It might be the most impressive of the many waterfalls we have seen in Asia, it was really tall and really wide. At the bottom, on the river bank there where several Elephant statues, with water pumped from the river shooting out of their trunks. After a while, a group of young boys turned up and gestured for us to go swimming with them. We politely declined and made our way back to the top. On the way up we passed some crazy little bugs, that were white as snow and looked like little flowers- quite a shock when one jumped across the path in front of us. Once back on the bikes we turned off the main road and started rising up into the mountains, passing absolutely beautiful scenery. We rode passed miles and miles of coffee farms and eventually stopped in a village to meet some locals. The people who lived there were from one of over 50 ethnic minorities living in Vietnam and recently they have become quite rich based on the success of the coffee industry