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Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby Broz » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:18 pm

I hope you gents are doing well. I promised Bob I would get a report up from our trip to Vietnam. We spent 3 weeks there back In Jan-Feb. We were there for Tet (New Years). This is a huge holiday for the Asians. My wife left Vietnam in 1975 when she was 8 years old, and had not been back since. Her dad worked for the American Embassy as a translator and liaison for the U.S. Army, as a result he was able to get 14 members of his immediate family out. That is an amazing story in itself.
I thought you motorcycle guys would get a kick out of some of these images and I'm going to add some other noteworthy pics.
These pictures don't do the traffic justice. I wish I could upload the videos from my iPhone without all the hassle. So I took some screen shots of the videos to give you an idea what it looks like. I bet if you went to YouTube and searched for crazy scooter traffic in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City as they call it now) or Hanoi. It is the biggest cluster F*#k you have ever seen. Saigon has population of over 19 million and it seems like they all have scooters and go out during rush hour. I grew up in the DC area, have been to New York City during rush hour and those towns don't compare in the slightest to this mess. The amazing thing is there are no accidents. At least I didn't witness any. There are no rules, looks like you can pretty much drive however you want, wrong side of the road, sidewalks doesn't matter. And in more amazement there is no road rage. One of our drivers spoke English, I told him I was shocked no one gets pissed off or goes crazy like in the USA. He just said, "No one gets mad because everyone does it." i.e drive like an idiot. Despite that they will do everything to avoid a collision. Now keep in mind these are crowded roads and people are driving slow but they do not have banged up bumpers like you would see in NY City or Washington DC. In talking with Kim's (my wife) Uncle who lives in Hoi An, Vietnam they do not have insurance. He doesn't own a car but when I asked about car insurance it was a foreign concept. I don't know why some of the pics are getting turned sideways. Feel free to fix them Bob.....boy I wish I could just drag and drop pics into the message....this is a pain to load one at a time.
Feel free to hit me up with an questions.
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Vietnamese Ford F-150
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car seat.jpg
no helmets very common. Walked by a school at let out and saw at least 50 like this and some w 2-3 kids
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side saddle.jpg
very typical, sorry I didn't get the mini skirt side saddle
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VN Minivan.jpg
this is the Vietnamese Mini van
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VN telecom.jpg
this is there typical telephone pole should be vertical
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Hoi An home_shop courtyard.jpg
this is across the street from Kim's grandmas shop/ home...typical in the ancient city of Hoi An
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Grandmas shop.jpg
Kim's grandmothers store front with house in the back
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hoi an street.jpg
ancient section of Hoi An
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streets of Hoi An.jpg
typical days crowd in the ancient section of Hoi An. This is 15-16th century village and people come from all over the world. It is one of the top 10 tourist attractions.
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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby Broz » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:41 pm

More Pics....was afraid one little hick-up and I would loose all my work.
15th century bridge.jpg
this bridge is in Hoi An just a block or two from Grandma's shop. It was built in the 15th century by the Japanese
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Bikes in Kitchen.jpg
this is how you keep your bikes. everyone rolls them inside before going to bed
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screen shot of video...crazy traffic
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custom suit.jpg
Hoi An is like the capital of tailoring. How about a custom suit? One lady told me they make "English Quality Suit but better $125"
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Meekong Delta region.PNG
This was a little creak near Mekong Delta
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Phu Quoc Vn.jpg
This is a resort island off southern tip of VN called Phu Quoc
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Halong Bay.jpg
You MUST Google Images from Halong Bay It was the most beautiful place and our favorite part of the trip.
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Kim.jpg
Kim in the traditional Ao Dai "Long Dress"
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Pano Halong bay.jpg
panoramic of Ha Long bay We did a 2 day 1 night boat cruise.
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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby LeeDavis » Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:08 pm

Great report and thanks for taking the time to do it. I had the same experience observing traffic in China. Nobody had cars before the 70's but now the roads are packed and there are no rules. As best I could figure, the 1st car to any spot has the right of way.
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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby Bob » Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:16 pm

Ha Long Bay looks very cool--I'd like to see that some day. You get so wrapped up in your own little world and never dream places like this exist. Thanks for posting! <thumb>
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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby Bob » Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:24 pm

Heres the pics that were sideways-->>
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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby Buddhistbiker » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:21 pm

Wow, amazing stuff. I saw similar in Taiwan and was told the larger vehicle had right of way.


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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby Brick » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:08 pm

Beautiful photos and family. Thank you for sharing!
When I was in SEA 68-69 the USAF told us that basically the largest vehicle has the right of way. AND if we hired a taxi and he had an accident WE we responsible for that damages. After all we hired them. [FLUSHED FACE]


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Re: Ride Report from Vietnam

Unread postby NC-Canuck » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:52 am

Looks like a great trip. Would love to see more pics of the cruise you did. That area is on my bucket list to visit.

Thanks for sharing.


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