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Cycling Viet Nam in December!

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Cycling Viet Nam in December!

Cyclonauts of the world, I need your help!

I am going to be cycling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh in December and I need to gather from you all the tips I can get. And of course, anyone is welcome to join in!

 

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Hello Claudia,

Hello Claudia,

I was looking the forum to see is there is someone to join me for a trip starting in November from Shanghai to south of China and afterwards to Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar when found your message. I never been in Vietnam and can't give you a genuine advise.. If you know somebody traveling in China please let me know. 

Be safe.

Marius

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I'll be doing the same route

I'll be doing the same route in Jan-Feb. From what I've gathered, smaller roads are less busy, but busy nonetheless. Bargain is the way to go, but know your prices first. Cheap accomodation is always within a day away, and stealth camping is hardly an option because people are everywhere, so travel light. Heat can be exhausting, so start early and avoid mid day cycling.

Safe travels!

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We have been down the coast

We have been down the coast and along the Ho chi Minh Highway, it is a great country and we have never had a problem. The smaller towns/large villages are the best as there is little tourism outside the war sites. The main problems with the roads is at night, I think, as we have riden about 8,000 km in total without a problem. The traffic can appear chaotic, but just go with the flow, they are not trying to kill you, and once you get into it you will love the freedom.

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thanks for this! my concern

thanks for this! my concern is, being a solo female cyclist, will there be problems riding alone?

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Your concerns are absolutely

Your concerns are absolutely legit. 
I'm a solitary person and always rode alone, but I would not like to do it again. 
I believe that once you set few rules, a small group of cyclists would be happy riding together. 
We should be aware there are risks and remember there are solo travellers who tragically died on the road. This year, I read that one famous American cyclist was found in pieces in Mexico and one solo Romanian female traveller was declared missed in Nepal and weeks later discovered dead on the side of a creek. 

Be safe.

Marius

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riding alone

Have you checked out the book WOW! Woman on wheels??? Just google it if you haven't. There are alot of women cycling the world alone. Lots of tips on here on how to cope and motivating confidence. There is a website for it. Skalitude ,I think. Check it out. it will take you to many blogs by solo female cyclists..... Bon Voyage!!! Remember that none of us are getting out of here alive and that you can lift a car off a baby if you have to. Women seem to forget that they are strong and capable!!!Don't be a victim....Live your life. Live your destiny and always remember to trust your gut....cheers, from an older woman who has travelled lots by herself.

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I've never met you Tracy, but

I've never met you Tracy, but I love you.

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Hi Claudia,

Hi Claudia,

Honestly Vietnam is an extremely safe place, even for a woman alone. People are v respectful. Of course, like any country there are idiots, but v few. Petty crime is the biggest problem, like bag snatching, pickpocketing... Traffic is the biggest danger, big vehicles have no respect and no patience. My spare room is available in Saigon.

Craig.

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"...Bargain is the way to go, but know your prices first."

Can you give us a couple of examples of the right prices of everyday staples?

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Vietnam is great and is

Vietnam is great and is amazing value when it comes to food and accomodation. Here is a journal of our trip between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh that mosly avoids Hwy 1. Lots of side road options, but very  helpful to have GPS navigation. 

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=19167&v=Il

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Hanoi in December

Me and a friend are going to Hanoi the first week in September to begin a trip heading west through Northern Vietnam. I know it is not on your route but might be cool to meet up and possibly spend a couple of days together :) 

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Same road same period

Hey Claudia, My name is Mica I'm a 37 years old swiss guy. Currently alone in Laos, on my way to Ha Noi.

I'll ride from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh then Bangkok with my girlfriend Emile (she join me in Ha Noi) from beginning of January to finish in Bangkok mid-March.
We have a 3 months multiple entries viet visa so we plan to make some incursions in Laos and Cambodia.
It could be really nice to ride some parts with you.
We can meet each other in Ha Noi

As advices :

1 Tent
I'm travelling in SE Asia for 2 months now and I really appreciate that I didn't listen the people (here on WS) and I took my (lovely) tent.
a) I love to camp and there is many beautiful places to pinch the tent. Local people are super friendly and shy, usually they don't know if it's a men or a women or if there is 2 or 1 person inside the tent. So they don't disturb.
b) In the country side, you can ask almost every local people and explain with your hands "can I pinch my tent here" and usually they never refuse
c) If you are afraid and alone, You can ask the monks in the buddhist temples. They're peaceful and safe places)
d) You gonna save a lot of money !
e) You can fall asleep with billion stars instead of 5 walls with cockroaches ;)

2 GPS
Many cyclists said that the main roads are busy so put a gpsapp in your smartphone. Personnaly I love mapout.me, but I use also maps.me

Let me know if you want to drink a cold tiger with us in Ha Noi See you

 

Mica

 

 

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Thank you Mica!

Thank you Mica!

Unfortunately I only have about 20 days in December to venture through Viet Nam, although I am now very jealous of your bike trip :)

We'll certainly meet elsewhere some other time!

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Tent

Great, Micheal! You have solved my dilemma! I don’t hesitate any longer to bring my camping gear with me!

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yeah ! I'm happy to read that

yeah ! I'm happy to read that 
Enjoy it!

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Showers

But… Where do you look for a shower while choosing sleeping in a tent?