11. A real homestay in Phan Thiet

23.05. – 26.05.2016

After my brief stay in HCMC it was time to visit a new place in Vietnam – which I always find very exciting: Phan Thiet here I come. And it was not just  normal trip. I was invited to visit the family of my friend’s Thuy’s sister-in-law Thuy (2). So my first visit to someone’s family in Vietnam. Now that is even more exciting.
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10. HCMC has me back – again!!!

21.05. – 23.05.2016

Without any delay I saw the by now familiar view from the air when I once again arrived in HCMC – for the 7th time to be precise. Getting out of the terminal (strangely they only ever check your luggage and ticket when getting out of the domestic terminal) was straight forward and once again I was standing outside the terminal, ready to enter the mayhem HCMC has to offer.
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9. Hanoi, Mr. President and more changes

19.05. – 21.05.2016

Later than expected I was back in Hanoi – the adventure to the north-east still fresh in my mind. Getting off the bus I got hit by strongly by the heat. Oh, I missed the cooler north already. Trying to find my bearing at My Dinh I instantly had to fight off the swarm of taxi and Xe Om drivers who jumped towards me like a pack of wolves would do if they spot Bambi.
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8. The end of a great motorbike trip

18.05. – 19.05.2016

After saying good-bye to my travel companions it was also time for me to get ready to start the ride to the beginning of the whole journey – Cao Bang. The plan was doing an overnight stop on the way, staying another night in Cao Bang itself, and then take the bus to Hanoi. By now even I don’t even believe in any of my plans!!!
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6 – Taking a break in Meo Vac

13.05. – 15.05.2016

After riding nearly 200km from Cao Bang I finally made it to the Ha Giang region, Meo Vac to be precise.I have read about the large Sunday market there, so I decided to stay two nights here. A day rest from riding the bike was probably a nice idea, before starting the Ha Giang Loop in earnest.
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