Flames on the Bike
Subtitled: How to Make Your Motorbike Faster
I left Tra Vinh feeling very positive about the town. Situated right in the heart of the Mekong Delta, this town has a nice vibe. And strangely enough, it’s almost completely ignored by the major travel guides. There’s quite a bit to do and see; it’s very relaxing as well. I suppose it’s too far away from the Saigon day-trippers and other places closer to “experience Delta life”.
I’m headed for the southern coast. There’s not a lot written about this area either. But my goal of going edge-to-edge in Vietnam mandates that I take the bike to the sea. And I really liked the town I first stopped in when I crossed into Vietnam, so I’m headed to the fishing town of Rach Gia and Ha Tien on the Cambodian border. Continue reading
Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing at Ha Tien
I publish this first day’s account of Vietnam as an exercise in judging how different first impressions are from well-informed ones. Later on, there will be many follow ups in which I probably retract all my initial observations. I also want to share with fellow travelers my experiences at this border crossing.
First of all, I have to say that Vietnam has impressed me (mostly from the view out a bus window today). I am generally impressed with the infrastructure and the hale, hearty look of the people I saw on my rural journey today. For a country with such a large percentage of its population well below the (government idealized) poverty line, most everyone appeared happy and healthy.
I also feel like a child. I know what I want, but don’t have the words to get any of it….so, I point, I pantomime, and I laugh. Continue reading