If a first impression of the Vietnamese traffic can be frightening, remember the following:
- No one seeks the incident, although it might seem otherwise. Cross the street safely and decided, other means will move accordingly.
- The rules you learn in driving school can also scordarvele. There is no way to the right or one way, you learn the rules on the local rail and Adapt without protest.
- The biggest vince.SEMPRE.
- The Vietnamese guide plan, you will rarely find vehicles that exceed 70km times.
- They sound the horn forever, for no apparent reason. Do not worry when you hear ringing, worry when there is silence.
That said, here are the routes we have done in detail, each currency route
The track conditions (1 = disastrous 9 = excellent)
The view (1 = 9 = horrible stunning)
Traffic (1 = 9 = nonexistent practically at a standstill)
DA HANOI SAPA
The time spent on= 2 and a half days
Unfortunately we have not sufficiently documented on our first route Vietnamese and we fully trust in Google Maps that suggested we take the QL32C (I suppose the AH14 was the right choice but I do not have enough information about it).
Outputs from Hanoi possibly at dawn so as not to get stuck in the traffic of Rome. The roads are good for several kilometers but once embarked on the QL32C things get ugly.
We went through small villages and the roads were not paved and were full of mud and puddles. Because of an avalanche we were forced to take the DT166 which is even worse off.
The road improves suddenly as you enter the province of Lao Cai, and once arrived in the city, we took the detour to Sapa on the only road possible, that is, the QL4D.
The conditions of this road are good but the presence of buses and trucks which makes the walk more difficult. The mass media overtake one another regardless of blind corners or anything else, making life more difficult for motorcyclists should.
Once in Sapa Town roads are in fair condition, several works in progress make the gravel road in several places. If you want to get out of town the TL152 is the best choice and sometimes the only one: but this does not mean it's a good way indeed, often crossed by dirt and ruscielli that can become real streams during and after storms.
DA HANOI AD HALONG BAY
The time spent on= 3 hours 45 minutes
This route is very simple: take the AH14 to near Hai Phong and turn left on the DT388 the first to enter the city. Turn right on QL18 that will take you direct to Halong City.
To take on the bike to go to Tuan Chau pier. From DT388 turn right on the small island of Dao Tuan Chau and follow it to the end. You will come to the pier where a boat will take you on the island of Cat Ba.
In less than four hours you can get to Halong Bay. Excellent track conditions but a lot of traffic, especially trucks and buses.
DA HALONG BAY A NIHN BINH
The time spent on=5 ore
From Halong City take the QL18 westbound until it intersects with the QL10 and follow it until you arrive at Nihn Binh, that's all!
Even trucks and buses will be your bitterest enemies, and every time you pass through a city ready to hordes of scooters and motorcycles.
In principle it is a simple and fairly quick, especially outside urban areas. The landscape is quite disheartening, better stay focused on driving.
DA NIHN BINH A PHONG NHA
The time spent on= 12 ore
From Nihn Bihn QL1A take up to Thanh Hoa QL47 and then west to the intersection with the QL15 Ho Chi Minh road, turn south. Keep going on the Ho Chi Minh that at some point bifurcates into two, one side continues with this name (our path), while the other part including the name of QL15.
The Ho Chi Minh road is consgliabile both from the traffic point of view, both for the view.
Given the great distance it is advisable to stop and stay overnight at Pho Chau, a small town with very low prices and many stores if necessary.
Continue your journey south always on the same road at some point will meet with QL15, becoming a unique road again which will take you to your destination.
Good asphalt conditions, the mountain is getting worse but never becomes a real problem, just do not go too fast and keep stable.
The landscape becomes more beautiful away as you approach Phong Nha.
We took two days of rain that slowed our speed of travel, you can do this trip in less hours.
DA PHONG NHA A HUE
The time spent on= 4.30 ore
Come out of Phong Nha on QL16 / Duong Ho Chi Minh in the south and then take the detour to the QL1A, a road that runs parallel to QL16 but with better asphalt and low traffic.
On route you can unleash all the (few) horses of the bike on the long straight. The view here is interesting, there are yellow sand dunes and red rocks, some lakes with blue water, seems an African landscape. Make sure you have enough fuel for this piece because there are no gas stations.
Go direct to Hue. This road is also called the AH14 / QL1, one of the main streets of the town and often demonized by local bikers and not.
The fact is that many people fear the presence of trucks, but if we start early (we left Phong Nha at 5 am) is difficult to meet major media.
If you are on the roads between 9 and 10 I recommend a nice break in the morning, because this is the peak time and if you do not feel comfortable driving with the traffic it's better taking it easy.
Already at noon the traffic is much lower.
SKIN HUE A NHA TRANG
The time spent on= 12 ore
Initially route included stops in Da Nang, Hoi An and Qui Nhon, but we were stopped by Typhoon Damrey and we had to opt for a bus to take us out from the area as soon as possible. However, all these cities are located along the QL1A, the track conditions should always be good and decent views.
DA NHA TRANG A VINH HY
The time spent on= 2 ore
The original intention was to go to Dalat directly from Nha Trang but the information that we gave the main road to Dalat closed or impracticable, so we decided to detour to the small village of Vinh Hy and go to Dalat moving from Phan Rang . What should have been a simple one night stop turned into four days of exploration of the coast, in search of uncrowded beaches and white sand.
The view just out dall'aerea Nha Trang and embarked on the DT702 is breathtaking: mountains, sea, plains, you'll have it all together in your view. This stretch of road just leaves you speechless, without doubt one of the most beautiful scenery we have seen throughout Vietnam.
Uscite da Nha Trang sulla DT657I seguendo la costa poi deviate verso l’entroterra immettendovi nella solita QL1A. Proseguite fino alla DT702 e godetevi questa strada dall’ottimo asfalto e dal meraviglioso panorama, seguitela fino a meta.
DA VINH HY A DALAT
The time spent on= 5 hours
Scendete a sud fino alla città di Phan Rang poi imboccate la QL27/QL20 fino a Dalat. Passerete attraverso piccoli paesi fino ad arrivare ai piedi delle montagne. Da qui inizierete la vostra salita fino alla città di Dalat, tra folta vegetazione, palme e via via panorami sempre più incredibili. Una volta arrivati in cima alla montagna vi aspetterà una vegetazione inusuale per il Vietnam: entrerete spesso dentro a delle pinete e le temperature si abbassano di diversi gradi. Google vi indicherà che per questa tratta impiegherete 3 ore ma la lunga salita verso la cima dei monti e i numerosi tornanti rallentano il percorso costringendo a fare lunghi tratti in seconda. Inoltre camion e autobus in entrambe le direzioni richiedono una guida costantemente vigile e allerta.
DA DALAT A MUI NE
The time spent on= 4 hours
Scendete sulla QL20 fino alla città di Dai Ninh, qui imboccate la QL28B fino a Luong Trung, girate a destra sulla AH1 per poi girare poco dopo sulla DT716 che vi porterà direttamente a Mui Ne. Questa strada costeggia laghi, montagne e lussureggianti pianure, si evita la High Way 1 per quasi tutto il percorso (AH1) ed il traffico è praticamente inesistente. In una parte della DT716 stavano asfaltando la strada e per un paio di km la situazione era di una sola corsia a senso di marcia alternato senza asfalto e con grossi ciotoli che rendevano la guida difficoltosa. A parte questo, le condizioni dell’asfalto sono buone, il panorama eccezionale e si arriva vicini alle dune di sabbia bianca di Mui Ne, probabilmente la migliore attrazione di quest’area.
MUI NE TO BE A HO CHI MINH CITY
The time spent on= 8 ore
We decided to take the scenic route along the coast for much of it, preferring the landscape at speed. We got off to Mui Ne for the T719 / QL55 up to Long Hai, where we decided to spend the night and leave the next morning to HCMC. Since we took the Long Hai QL51 up in Long An and from there the HL13 to the port of Bến Cát Pha Lai Nhơn Trach, where we took a ship that lets you skip a long piece of busy Highway. We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City from “back door”, Practical cost-effective solution and fast! Across the river you will be basically arrived. The part of the coast after Mui Ne is very pleasant to drive even though it is always possible that the police will stop to extort some money: 200 thousand Dong should be enough to get rid of the way. The closer you get to the port and the road is busy and unglamorous. The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the worst along with that of Hanoi, the average speed drops dramatically, sometimes up to suggest that it might be faster on foot ..
The time spent on= 5 days
The Mekong Delta area is huge and it is difficult to choose what to see, the information is not many, and most of the tourists are using agencies that carry all the same places that are designed as “showcases” per gli stranieri. Potendo girare in moto abbiamo scelto le mete meno turistiche, trovando sul nostro cammino persone del luogo e praticamente nessun turista. Usciti da Ho Chi Minh City ci siamo diretti a nord verso i tunnel di Cu Chi, Ben Duoc dove abbiamo fatto un tour con sole altre due persone. Da Ben Duoc ci siamo diretti per la notte a Than Hoa nella provincia di Long An, piccolo paese perfetto per riposare prima di andare al lago di fiori di Loto, dove abbiamo dormito in una piccola palafitta situata sul lago stesso. Successivamente ci siamo recati a Vinh Long, che si trova ad ovest di un’isola molto divertente da girare in moto. Abbiamo passato una giornata ad esplorare solo la zona ovest, tra sentieri sterrati e piccoli ponti. La tappa successiva è stata Long Xuyen, dove è possibile vedere un mercato galleggiante sul Mekong, operativo solo alle prime luci dell’alba. Penultima meta è stata il parco ecologico di Rung Tram, dove è possibile fare un bellissimo giro in barca in una laguna di Mangrovie. Ultima tappa è stata Ha Tien, città sul golfo della Tailandia, dalla quale abbiamo preso il traghetto per l’isola di Phu Quoc.
DA HA TIEN Phu Quoc
We took the ferry from’ Ha Tien Ferry terminal optando per la nave più lenta ed economica (non la SUPERDONG) che impiega circa tre ore e mezzo ad arrivare all’isola di Phu Quoc. Il costo è di circa 450mila Dong per due persone più moto, nonostante le raccomandazioni di prenotare la nave almeno un giorno prima, abbiamo trovato facilmente posto mezz’ora prima della partenza. Questa è stata l’ultima tappa del nostro viaggio in Vietnam, che è durato poco meno di tre mesi dove abbiamo percorso più di 2500km su una piccola 120cc, io alla guida, Marion e tre piccoli zaini!
- November 7, 2017GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS If a first impression of the Vietnamese traffic can be frightening, remember the following: No one seeks the incident, although it might seem otherwise. Cross the street safely and decided, other means will move accordingly. The rules you learn in driving school can also scordarvele. There is no way to the right or one way, you learn the rules on the local rail and Adapt without protest. The biggest vince.SEMPRE. The Vietnamese ...
- October 25, 2017THE ROAD FROM HANOI TO SAPA So we decide to leave the capital, always crowded and noisy, the mountains and the terraces that surround the city and the Sapa area. Still inexperienced regarding the routes in this country, we rely on Google Maps as far as the path. The suggested route is the highway QL32 / C that we can walk with our bikes (highways are off-limits to the two wheels) to the town of Yen Bai, and then continue on the DT163 up to Lao Cai where ...
- July 2, 2017And so after many vicissitudes and program changes, the first destination choice for our long journey is Vietnam. We based this decision on the chance to see so many different scenarios, from urban ones of overcrowded Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), the wonderful stretches of Sapa rice fields to the white sandy beaches of Mui Ne. ...