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September 2016

Sapa Day 62-63


all seasons in one day 33 °C

Well arrived in Sapa yesterday afternoon and spent what was left of the day wandering around and getting my bearings,luckily Sapa is quite small so it did'nt long

The beauty of Sapa and the local area is the scenery,located in a very mountainous area of Vietnam with mountains towering over terraces of rice and vegetables, Sapa it self is around 1500m above sea level with peaks near by rising to over 3500m

Today was another excursion on an underpowered scooter which must of been flogged consistently due to its life as a hire bike,but any way me and the bucket of bolts had a leisurely ride over Tran Tom Pass the highest road in Vietnam at 1900m this mountain is all so a divide for the weather,Sapa side cold and wet other side dryer and much hotter,stopping constantly to look at the water falls and vistas

Tomorrow of trekking for 2 days and 1 night,hope there are no hills involved,but don't like my chances ?

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Halong Bay-Hanoi Days 57-61

Bloody Rain

all seasons in one day 36 °C

Well completed a 3 day /2 night trip to Halong Bay,got picked at Hotel by mini bus at 0700 and after the compulsory stop half way at a tourist shop for a rest break we arrive in Halong bay at 1230,then straight on the the boat the is home for the next few days the "Christina" boat was luxurious with terrific food and amenities

So we cruise out amongst the 1000's of of island with clear blue skies,not knowing what we to look ,the area is world heritage listed and understand why the scenery is amazing,visited some of the local villages which are basically little house all tied together and floating on drums,then that evening the weather changed

Got woken through the night to torrential rain and basically it continued to rain for the next 48 hours and didn't stop until I returned to Hanoi,the bay even when sunny was quite hazy and with the rain and low cloud it getting any decent pictures difficult

Spent another few days in Hanoi getting some paperwork sorted and trying find a new lense for the camera,which eventually did find and seems to be taking better shots but time will tell

Left Hanoi this morning for a 5 hour bus trip to Sapa which is north of Hanoi and is in the mountains,elevation around 1000m with some mountains close by over 3000m,plan to do some trekking and then into Laos

Posted by Richard Indo 01:33 Archived in Vietnam Tagged scenery Comments (0)

Hanoi- Day 48-56

Theses shoes were made for walking

sunny 33 °C

Well for the last week I have been in Hanoi in the old quarter and it is crazy,the traffic,the amount of people,the lack of road rules and so many other things

The weather has been hot and humid most days have been in the mid 30's with feel like temp of 41-43,so have been smashing down water like it's going out fashion,been averaging around 7 km each day walking around and site seeing,so today I have worn out my 2nd set of foot wear,hopefully will be able to get these flash leather Jesus sandles resoled!!

I have been based in what is refered to as the old quarter which is like a rabbit warren with little alleyways darting off every each way, all the streets and alleys are lined with little shops selling just about anything you could think of, some street blocks seem to have a theme such as they will all be selling shoes or paint,the one near my hotel sells pots and pans

Have enjoyed my stay here,some cheap food and cold beer but tomorrow bright and early I am off to Halong Bay for 3 days to do a boat tour

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Chiang Rai Day 43-47

Who let the horses out??

storm 24 °C

Well the weather hasn't been kind for sight seeing for the last few days it either been quite stormy or like today just persist drizzle with thunderstorms thrown in for good measure,so in the last 4 days I have got out twice and both times got soaked

Did get up into the mountains a few times on the 250 dirt bike and while going up was okay coming back down was a bit hairy at times,the roads were washed out clay tracks and quite steep,so going down in 1st at an idle you actually basically just slid down using brakes was of no value,you just put you legs down as out riggers and hoped for the best,thankfully I didn't come off but it was luck and not good management I think !! The 250 must of done so hard yards in time as a hire bike,back too 1st or 2nd going up the hills and some very concerning piston or crank slap noises,it definitely has lost of of original horse power,I the bit more I gave probably won't help it

Visited the night markets a few times for a cheap feed and look around the tourist stalls,so far no food poisoning,but you do wonder how long the prawns and fish have been sitting with no ice or refrigeration

The hire bike has been taken back this arvo,so tomorrow it time to get my paper work and visa ready for Vietnam,off to Hanoi on Wednesday to catch up with an old work colleague which should fun,plan is to spend a week 2 with him then do Halong Bay then Sapa and then northern areas thencross back into Cambodia

Posted by Richard Indo 02:03 Archived in Thailand Tagged storming Comments (0)

Day 38-41 Chiang Mia to Chiang Rai

Still bloody wet

storm 34 °C

We'll have moved onto Chiang Rae from Chiang Mia,got the Green Bus up yesterday which is Thailands National bus service and so far seem okay reasonably cheap and the the big plus they have A/C took about 3 hours to cover the 180 odd Km's

Got into the hotel about 2pm which gave me plenty of time to organise. Bike for the next week,after the last couple of scooter's and hills thought I would try something a bit bigger so have ended up with 250 dirt bike,$180 for 7 days hire,then it was back to the accommodation for an early tea and bed was feeling a bit puffed after enjoying Father's Day a bit to much!!

So got up this morning with the plan to do a loop from Chiang Rai out to Phayao and check the lake and scenery out but once again the weather gods decided it was time for a bit on monsoon action,so head breakfast and few coffee's and gave it a bit of time and the rain eased up a bit so bit the bullet and took off

The 1st 40km it continued to drizzle and and that was okay had a rain coat on and everything was good,then for next 20 km it poured,this fine still had a rain coat keeping my dry but the open face helmet was my down fall going faster than about 20km it felt like I was getting sand blasted in the face!!

But after that down fall the weather cleared up ,which let me take a few pictures, end up doing about 220km today in about 6 hours with a few stops along the way, hopefully the weather is good tomorrow and think I will head up into the mountains near the Thai/Myanmar border

Posted by Richard Indo 02:25 Archived in Thailand Tagged mountains Comments (0)

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