Winter 17/18 from Ba Bể to Bảo Lạc

After a few days at the lake, it was time to ride further North. Mitsos had not a lot of time so we continued our loop of North Vietnam

View from the DT 2578
Very nice view over the valley this morning
View from the DT 2578
View from the DT 2578
Village in the valley
Village in the valley
Rice fields on one sideof the mountain
Rice fields on one side – more farming on the other
Traffic on the DT 212
Traffic on the DT 212
Looking over the mountains on the QL 34
Looking over the mountains on the QL 34
Same picture - zoomed out
Same picture – zoomed out

The Ho Chi Minh Monument

Another big monument
Another big monument. Ho Chi Minh in Cao Bang
Mitsos so happy
Mitsos so happy
Farmer dry product
At last that space is good for something
Ho Chi Minh
Everywhere you want to take a picture they put some power lines
Monument
It is a bit confusing! You have a soldier with the communist flag on top. A colonialist on the lower left. Townsfolk that is discussing and I guess Uncle Ho preparing for takeover.
Next part of the monument
Now we have construction machines and a factory where he workers are happy with a machine. No need for horses anymore!
Next part of the monument
Now Uncle Ho comes into town and waves
Last part of the monument
More construction with old machines. And in the end of the monument the future arrives. Computer!
End of monument
This makes everybody happy. Everything is full of buildings. Only a few trees left but lots of smoke in the air. Now a worker waves his hand in the air.
A mine behind the monument
A mine behind the monument in the valley. Might be that the whole monument is for the mine in the back
A new dam
A new dam from the QL 4B
Lots of rice farming
Lots of rice farming
Forrest Protection
Forest Protection? What forest??
No forest left
No forest left
Farmland
Farmland
More farming
More farming
They still built in the traditional style
They still built in the traditional style
Water wheels in Bao Lac
Water wheels in Bao Lac
At the bike shop
Went because the rack was loose again. Got a new chain and sprockets as well
The Bike Shop
The nice thing in Vietnam is that you will be served immediately
Old Style Pepsi
Old Style Pepsi – would not drink it but like the design
RedBull & Rad Bhin
RedBull & Rad Bhin

Today’s drive:
We drove 176 kilometres in 7 hours, 17 minutes with gas and food stops.

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Winter 17/18 A few Days at Ba Bể Lake

Well deserved break from the road. A few lazy days at Ba Bể Lake. A bit of walking. Meeting new people and a boat trip on the lake.

Coffee at my balcony at Ba Be Lake
Coffee at my balcony at Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake
The road to the houses on the West of the lake
At Ba Be Lake
The water level is quite low
Trash, chickens and boats
Trash, chickens and boats
Chicken at house
They had a dog as well but the chicken watches over the house
Coffee and Beer - the perfect combination
Coffee and Beer – the perfect combination
A new friend :-)
A new friend 🙂
A happy Mitsos! Bread, tomatoes and olive oil!
A happy Mitsos! Bread, tomatoes and olive oil!
Friendly locals give is free drinks
Friendly locals give is free drinks
A picture with the French girls
A picture with the French girls

A few Days at Ba Bể Lake

We ahd to navigate to the lake
We ahd to navigate to the lake
A Duck
Hello Mr. Duck
Another one of those gray days
Another one of those gray days
Victorine
Victorine
Cool shades
Cool shades
Annelaure - very happy
Annelaure – very happy
Easy job
Easy job
Our rabbit - he is Greek
Our rabbit – he is Greek
Nice landscape
Nice landscape
Taking a picture from somebody that takes a picture
Taking a picture from somebody that takes a picture
The girls had even an action cam
The girls had even an action cam

Dau Dang Waterfalls

1st stop - Dau Dang waterfalls
1st stop – Dau Dang waterfalls
Victorine exploring
Victorine exploring
A fisherman
A fisherman
Why go exploring when you are in facebook most of the time?
Why go exploring when you are in facebook most of the time?

Fairy Lake or Ao Tiên

The famous Fairy Lake or Ao Tiên
The famous Fairy Lake or Ao Tiên
So happy at the Ferry Pond
So happy at the Ferry Pond

Mud Ferry Pond if you ask me – but who knows?

Đền An Mạ Temple

The Đền An Mạ Temple
The Đền An Mạ Temple
Offerings
Offerings
And I never knew about Vesak Day!
And I never knew about Vesak Day!
View from the temple
View from the temple
Butterfly meeting
Butterfly meeting

Here is the map from the boat trip:

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Winter 17/18 From Lạng Sơn⁩ over ‎⁨Huyện Quảng Uyên⁩ to Ba Bể Lake

Then next day of our tour in Northern Vietnam. It was gray but dry which is better than gray and wet. But does not make for nice pictures. We had coffee in the room and Mitsos had some breakfast. And on the bikes we where.

A cloudy and gray morning
A cloudy and gray morning
Small village over the rice fields
Small village over the rice fields
This must be super lovely with blue sky
This must be super lovely with blue sky
Great landscape to cross
Great landscape with small roads
Lots of green mountains left - view from the 34 a bit before Nguyen Binh
Lots of green mountains left – view from the 34 a bit before Nguyen Binh
Corn fields
Corn fields
Dreamland with some smoke
Dreamland with some smoke

The locals call this Dragon Back Panorama. It is part of the Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark.

Rice terraces before Xa Quang Thanh
Rice terraces before Xa Quang Thanh
An old french villa
An old french villa
The rice fields eating slowly into the forest
The rice fields eating slowly into the forest
Interesting mix of vegetation
Interesting mix of vegetation
Rice terraces
Lets see next time how much the rice terraces go up the mountain
Blue sky!!
Blue sky!!
Looking down the hill next to Mr. Buffalo
Looking down the hill next to Mr. Buffalo
Nice view for Mr. Buffalo if the sky is blue. But no shadow nowhere.
Nice view for Mr. Buffalo if the sky is blue. But no shadow nowhere.
On the DT 253 looking down into the valley
On the DT 253 looking down into the valley
The road winds down into the valley. You can see the rice in the back is waiting to get planted in the new field
The road winds down into the valley. You can see the rice in the back is waiting to get planted in the new field
Almost at the bottom of the valley - back to rice farming country
Almost at the bottom of the valley – back to rice farming country
Looking back up the mountain
Looking back up the mountain
Rice planting a bit before Ban Luoc
Rice planting a bit before Ban Luoc
You can see how nice it is planted - all by hand
You can see how nice it is planted – all by hand
All fresh - I like the green
All fresh – I like the green
Rural road in Vietnam
Shortcut to the DT 279
More planting action after Ban Hon
More planting action after Ban Hon
Rice field
Checking out the progress
Checking out the progress
And taking over to finish the field
And taking over to finish the field

Ba Bể Lake

The second day of riding proved to be much better. Most of the time we even had blue sky! Great landscape again with a few sad parts.

Finally Ba Be Lake
Finally Ba Be Lake
Just in time for the sunset
Just in time for the sunset
A fisherman doing his fisherman stuff
A fisherman doing his fisherman stuff

Day 3 of this Loop: 149 kilometers in 7 hours with gas and food stops

Day 4 of this Loop: 170 kilometers in 6 hours and 20 minutes with gas and food stops

My Hotel at Ba Be Lake: Quỳnh Mai Homestay

The Boss Lady is still cleaning the bathroom
The Boss Lady is still cleaning the bathroom
Evening view from my room
Evening view from my room
The view towards the right
The view towards the right

I like this place! Great view and the food is good. The room is one floor down from the main building and on the other side of the road. This way you do not hear any traffic. Birds and insects only. And I love the view too.

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