From Buôn Ma Thuột to Đăk Hà

2017-06-26 at 19:38

The next day on the way up north. Off to Đăk Hà a few more kilometres than the last few days. It was hot and dry – OK as long as you are driving. Lots of traffic in Buôn Ma Thuột – no clue where they all go. After a while it was less and less traffic. I look forward to the North of Vietnam. The few days with almost no traffic and a lot of green!

Victory Monument Me Thuot
Victory Monument Me Thuot or Tượng đài Chiến thắng Buôn Ma Thuộ

Victory Monument Me Thuot or Tượng đài Chiến thắng Buôn Ma Thuột
Had to circle and take another one from this angle

Bistum Ban Mê Thuột
Bistum Ban Mê Thuột

Giáo xứ Nam Thiên
Giáo xứ Nam Thiên

Giáo xứ Nam Thiên
Giáo xứ Nam Thiên

Giáo xứ Vinh QuangOn the right side when you walk up to the Giáo xứ Nam Thiên.

Giáo xứ Vinh Quang
On the other side was a little ride

Nhà thờ Vinh Đức
Nhà thờ Vinh Đức

Nhà thờ Vinh Đức
Interesting gate

In front of the Nhà thờ Vinh Đức
In front of the Nhà thờ Vinh Đức

View down south on the AH17
View down south on the AH17. I remember last year – there was not that much traffic. Al that Tet tourism on the road. Not the best time to be on the road as well.

Giáo xứ Vinh Phước
Giáo xứ Vinh Phước

Giáo xứ Vinh Phước
A lot of these churches have their tower separate.

View south on the QL14
View south on the QL14

Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ
Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ

Detail of the Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ
Detail of the Nhà thờ Buôn

Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ

Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ

X-Mas tree at the Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ
X-Mas tree at the Nhà thờ Buôn Hồ

Church under construction
Church under construction

Church under construction

Church under construction

Somewhere on the QL14
Somewhere on the QL14

Somewhere else on the QL14
Yes! Blue sky and no traffic – great!

Old Church
That is the old church – they build the new one behind it.

The new church
The new church

Church
Another one along the road

Công Viên Văn Hóa Kpák Lơng in Chư Sê
Công Viên Văn Hóa Kpák Lơng in Chư Sê

Church
The last church for today

The Duy Phuong Hotel in Đăk Hà

A few minutes later I got to my hotel for tonight: The Duy Phuong Hotel in Đăk Hà. On booking they say that they are in Kon Tum but this is a bit further up north. I had a really big room for 10 US$.

View from the balcony
View from the balcony at the The Duy Phuong Hotel

Bed with writing-table and hang out section
Bed with writing table and hang out section

Nice bathroom with hot shower
Nice bathroom with hot shower

TV, fridge, closet and door to the balcony
TV, fridge, closet and door to the balcony”

Window next to the bed
Window next to the bed

If you look for a place to rest after a long day on the road the Duy Phuong Hotel is the place for you. The town itself is not as busy as Kon Tum. When I was there they has a market on the other side of the hotel. Fresh fruits and vegetables if you like.
The room was very big with a double bed, writing desk with chair, two armchairs, a little desk between them, TV, fan, AC, fridge, cloth rack and a cabinet. Big bathroom and a balcony. The room was very clean – so was the bathroom. The shower hot and the WiFi worked quite good. They have a café downstairs in the morning as well and bike parking under a roof. If you are lazy – they even have an elevator!
I will be back!

Todays Drive

252 km in 7,5 hours including Breakfast, photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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From Ðưc Trọng to Buôn Ma Thuột

2017-06-25 at 14:09

Further north up to the Ho Chi Minh road – on mostly empty streets till the AH17. I have some landscape for you and some more churches. Take a look!

Giáo Xứ Thanh Bình
Giáo Xứ Thanh Bình

Giáo Xứ Thanh Bình
Old school fun for the kids at this church

Giáo Xứ Thanh Bình
Comes with a dragon slayer as well

Nhà thờ Kim Phát
Nhà thờ Kim Phát

Nhà thờ Kim Phát
Nice Tet decoration. Artificial tree with fireworks made of soda cans.

Nhà thờ Kim Phát

Nhà thờ Kim Phát
They have a Maria with a light hat!

Nhà thờ Kim Phát
And some music if you like

Nhà Thờ Phú Sơn
Nhà Thờ Phú Sơn

Along the QL 27
Along the QL 27 – Less forest than last year. The coffee is eating into it everywhere.

Along the QL 27
All the little villages are decorated with flags

New monument at the QL 27 in Đam Rông District
New monument along the road

Floating Village on Buoch Dong a bit after Ban di Luong on the QL27
Floating Village on Buoch Dong a bit after Ban di Luong on the QL27

The dam creating the lake
The dam creating the lake

In the mountains at the QL27
In the mountains at the QL27


More and more traditional Long Houses along the road. This one with a not so traditional roof.


Not a lot of traffic and mostly farmers on the way to the fields or back home.


Green rice fields everywhere

Nhà thờ Phúc Lộc
Nhà thờ Phúc Lộc

Giáo Xứ Thọ Thành
Giáo Xứ Thọ Thành

Giáo Xứ Thọ Thành
Fancy dress!

Soon after that picture the Google lady told me to drive to a smaller road on the right and a minute later I was at my stop for this night -> the Dai Thanh Guesthouse.

My bed at the Dai Thanh Guesthouse
My bed at the Dai Thanh Guesthouse

Dai Thanh Guesthouse for 5 US $! Comes with private bathroom, hot shower, fan, TV, Table chair and free WiFi.
But it looks like there is even a better option in town now: Ngoc Tran Guesthouse! It had a 9.2 rating by the time of writing this Blog Post. And it is 5 US $ as well.

Todays Drive

188 km in 5 hours including photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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From Hàm Tiến to Ðưc Trọng

2017-06-21 at 15:39

3 lazy days in Hàm Tiến – go to bed early and wake up early. Time to start the drive up north. Today I want to reach Hiệp Thạnh which is close to Dalat or Da Lat as the Vietnamese call it.

Along the way I took some pictures of churches for you and some landscape as well. The further I drove into the mountains the less traffic was on the road. A bit more traffic at the QL20 leading towards Da Lat. Lots of crazy bus drivers going as fast as possible but the road is wide and when you see one in the mirror you better stay as far left as possible.

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc
Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc
Hi there!

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc
They like to have a Holyland Park at the churches here.

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm
Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm. X-Mas decoration still in place.

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm

Along the 711
Along the 711. More Dragon fruits in the back.

Further up north on the 711
Further up north on the 711 – as you can see – nothing is going on.

The mountains in Bình Thuận
The mountains in Bình Thuận – far away from any village they look still good.

The mountains in Bình Thuận
You can see how farming is cutting into it

Coffee is eating its way into the forest
Coffee is eating its way into the forest.

Redecorated! No water nowhere
Redecorated! No water nowhere

Church along the QL 28 in the Di Linh District
Church along the QL 28 in the Di Linh District

Church along the QL 28
Church along the QL 28. Poor church – it is not even on Google Maps – so I have no name for you

Church along the QL 28
Comes with a few figures as well.

Church along the QL 28
Nice and full of light

Giáo xứ Di Linh
Giáo xứ Di Linh

Di Linh
Not a lot of traffic in Di Linh

Giáo xứ Phú Hiệp
Giáo xứ Phú Hiệp

Giáo xứ Phú Hiệp

There is always some space to dry your harvest
There is always some space to dry your harvest

Nhà thờ Tam Bố
Nhà thờ Tam Bố

Nhà thờ Liên Khương
Nhà thờ Liên Khương

Nhà thờ Liên Khương

Nhà thờ Liên Khương

New Gold Hotel

New Gold Hotel
The arch to the left and right look similar to the ones of the church which is only a few metres down the road from the hotel. The Booking link to the New Gold Hotel

Room in the New Gold Hotel
My room in the New Gold Hotel. It is a Karaoke place but was not to noisy. Big and clean with a big bathroom as well. Not sure why there was no window in the bathroom. Fridge, TV and Air-Con as well – everything 12 US$.

Todays Drive

163 km in 4,5 hours including Photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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3 Days in Hàm Tiến

2017-06-18 at 18:45

Tet – when all of Vietnam is on the road to visit family. Tet – when most of the places close down. Tet – when the price for a ticket goes up a few hundred percent. Tet – when you want to be somewhere close to a tourist spot to find some easy food options and lots of open restaurants. The first 3 days of Tet 2017 I went to Hàm Tiến to visit a friend and his family. He gave me the master bed room – thank you Jake!

The house is a minute away from the water and close to me new favourite place for a  sundowner  in all of Mũi Né:  The beach bar of the Venus Hotel right at the beach.

I have to confess – I was too lazy to drive down to the city and stayed in suburbia for the 3 days I was here.

There is The Food Court Dong Vui and a few local soup joints, bakeries and coffees. Even with Tet in full swing still plenty of fresh fruit sellers along the main drag. And there is the beach as well. Now for that beach – I am not a beach bum but if I where – this is not the beach I would go. To much trash and shit here. But let’s have a look and decide for yourself!

The traditional Fishing Boats of Mui Ne

Fishing boat at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Fishing boat at the beach in Hàm Tiến.

The traditional fishing boats are double enders unusually build symmetrical from wood. Easy to spot with their pronounced overhangs fore and aft. Usually powered by a single cylinder Chinese engine and the cooling water supply is the typical pipe bent around to look straight into the prop wash. You see that at the left of this boat.

Eye at a Boat
They all have ornate nga, usually painted red with yellow accents.  At the front you see where they store the anchor. Flowers for good luck
There are not to many of those left and it is not easy to get them into the water.

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
They swivel it towards the water

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Finally ready to go. Works but takes time. Safety helmet is not required but I guess he knows why he put his one on his head!

Woven Bamboo Basket Boats

A simple round bamboo basket coated with tar or varnish to make it waterproof. I only found two of them at the beach here.

Traditional fishing boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Not really a happy camper this one…

Traditional fishing boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

And this one must have seen better days as well…

The Modern Version of the Bamboo Basket Boats

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến”

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Some even have a engine as well

Fishing boats at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Glass fibre has replaced the bamboo boat

The Fisherman at Hàm Tiến Beach

So far there are still plenty of beach front properties without hotel or “Resort” buildings. This is where the local fisherman parks his boat and has his little hut. Here he works on the boat and gear – here he has his BBQ and beer with his friends.

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Fisherman working on his boat

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Fisherman Hut at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Fisherman Hut at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Fisherman Hut at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
This one does not come with air-condition but you are never to far away from the water!

Fisherman at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Rope in a fishing boat

Fishing nets in a boat

Fishing nets

There are Tourists as well

Most of them where Russians when I was there. The next biggest group where the Chinese the third biggest I can not tell you since I really did not meet bigger groups of one nationality.

Russians in Hàm Tiến
Russians in Hàm Tiến

At the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Cement tubes at the beach
There where two guys renting the hut behind the tubes. Why do you want to do that? If you have a concrete factory at home and miss it!!

The best part of the day - a cold beer at the Venus MuiNe Hotel
The best part of the day – a cold beer at the Venus Hotel right at the beach.  And some nice Russian girls doing their fitness routine make the sun set even better. An ice cold Saigon was only 15.000! At the beach!!

At the Morning at the Beach

Jake told me the best time to hit the beach is the morning when the fisherman come back from sea. I can imagine and on day 3 I finally had the courage to get out of bed at 5 in the morning. Only – it is Tet and the fisherman do not work for a week…

Morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến

Fisherman in morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Still sleeping – might be their only holiday in the whole year??

Public toilet in morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Public toilet in morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến. The good thing is – they have plenty of this ones. I walked about 20 minutes down the beach and found at last 15 of them!

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