From Đồng Hới to Huế

October 1, 2017 at 20:31

Good bye Ocean View Homestay

Slow drip coffee

It was blue and sunny! I had my slow drip Vietnamese Coffee in the garden of the Ocean View Homestay in Đồng Hới. It was a great day to drive down to Huế.

Good morning sweety
Good morning sweety – see you again 🙂 Hard to say Adios to this little fluffy ball of a dog.

Time to hit the Road

Told the Google Lady that I wanted to go along the ocean as much as possible. She had her own ideas but with some tweaking we where good to go! Thank you Trang for the discount!!

Monument in Đồng Hới
Monument in Đồng Hới at the beach

Monument in Đồng Hới
OK! Why like this?? Seals? In Vietnam?

Getting from the coast to the main road in Đồng Hới
Getting from the coast to the main road in Đồng Hới. I shall take another road next time. Google Lady was fine with it. I had to go super slow and fight with the red dust

At the QL1 outside of Gia Ninh
At the QL1 outside of Gia Ninh

Sport hall in Hồ Xá
Sport hall in Hồ Xá

Martyrs CemeteryOne of the many Martyrs Cemeteries along the road

Martyrs Cemetery

Soldier graveyard in Hải Chư
Soldier graveyard in Hải Chư

Every single one has a story
Every single one has a story

There are so many all over the country
There are so many all over the country

The beach at Quốc Phòng
The beach at Quốc Phòng

One of the many ruins along the coast road towards Giêm Hà
Another ruin along the coast road towards Giêm Hà. All over Vietnam along the coast I saw so many abandoned building projects. Not sure why they have so many of them here. They start the project and run out of money? Or was it not enough money to handle the local officials after they started to build? The other strange thing is that you see so many empty or almost empty hotels along the beach. Might be that I am not here for the season?

The coast road towards Giêm Hà
Somebody expected a lot of tourists here

Monument in Cửa Việt
Monument in Cửa Việt

They all look the same at the beach in Monument in Cửa Việt
They all look the same at the beach in Monument in Cửa Việt. How can you remember the one from the day before?? And how does that make you stand out?? STRANGE!!

War memorial in Cửa Việt
War memorial in Cửa Việt

Another War Memorial in Phú Hội
Another War Memorial in Phú Hội

Detail of the Memorial
Detail of the Memorial – A Russian tank comes out of the waves!

The Grave Road

Took a left from the DT64 to an unnamed small road that leads into the rice fields. Beautiful Chinese graves all over the place! Small ones and very big ones. I have to do this part again next year!

Rice Field in Triệu Trạch
Rice Field in Triệu Trạch

End of the road
End of the road – but a good spot for some pictures

Grave in the Rice Fields
Grave in the Rice Fields

Another Grave

Graves in a rice field
Graves in a rice field

War Cemetery in Triệu Trạch
War Cemetery in Triệu Trạch

War Cemetery in Triệu Trạch

Another one of those monuments along the road
Another one of those monuments along the road

And they getting more and more interesting
And they getting more and more interesting

Further down the road - a Duck pond
Further down the road – a Duck pond

Cycling home after work
Cycling home after work

A lot of Churches as well

Nhà Thờ Giáo Xứ Nhất Tây
Nhà Thờ Giáo Xứ Nhất Tây

Nhà Thờ Giáo Xứ Nhất Đông
Nhà Thờ Giáo Xứ Nhất Đông

Another Grave

Another Grave

A lot of Graves
A lot of Graves

A few more minutes till Huế
A few more minutes till Huế

Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Huế

I was very happy to pick the Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Hue. The owners are super friendly. The room was only 6$ and breakfast was an extra 1$. They made me vegetarian breakfast and the coffee was good. My room had no private bathroom – you have to go a few stairs down. But a super balcony. The hotel is in a small dead-end street all the way at the end. This way it is super quiet at day and night. And since the neighbours all have a lot of green on their balconies it is nice to sit and relax on the balcony.

My bed at the Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Hue
My bed at the Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Hue

My bed at the Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Hue
I think the last swan I had on my bed was in Egypt a loooong time ago

My balcony at the Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Hue
My balcony at the Thanh An 2 Guesthouse in Hue

It was a bit humid - so there was a mushroom growing out of the chair
It was a bit humid – so there was a mushroom growing out of the chair

At the French Cafè
At the French Cafè

German Beer??
German Beer?? I do not think so!

Comes with a soup for 1 €
Comes with a soup and it was only a $

Today’s Drive

205 Kilometres in 6 hours and 42 minutes with lots of photo stops as well as coffee and gas stops

Looks like I switched the tracker off – I do not remember doing so! Anyhow – you get the picture!

 
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From Hue to Khe Sanh

August 4, 2017 at 20:42

Had a good breakfast at Vu Homestay at the outskirts of Hue. After that it was time to load the bike and drive to A Lưới to meet a friend for lunch.

Close to the Guest-house in Hue
Close to the Guest-house in Hue one finds the rest of a business idea that didn’t work to good.

Little village over the river
Thị xã Hương Thủy over the river

Farming cuts into the forest
Farming cuts into the forest

Up towards A Lưới

Stopped in A Lưới to meet Rin for lunch. Thank you very much – that was a nice lunch break. A Lưới is on the Ho Chi Minh Highway again. So up up North it was!

On the Ho Chi Minh Highway - The locals dry grass which will become brooms later
On the Ho Chi Minh Highway – The locals dry grass which will become brooms later

Not a lot of traffic here
Not a lot of traffic here

Lots of farmland left and right of the river
Lots of farmland left and right of the river

Not a lot of forest left at this part of the road
Not a lot of forest left at this part of the road

Tet decoration in the villages
Tet decoration in the villages along the road. Here we are in the outskirts of Ta Ay.

More or less original forest
More or less original forest

Blue sky and green forest
Blue sky and green forest

Still a lot of unexploded ammunition in the ground
In a little village in Quảng Trị province. Still a lot of unexploded ammunition in the ground.

A new "traditional" town hall
A new "traditional" town hall

Small village over the river
Small farming village over the river

The water does look clean!
The water does look clean!

I can not really see a lot of improvement. Looks almost like 1 year ago.
I can not really see a lot of improvement. Looks almost like 1 year ago.

A new dam will change things for sure
This was last winter

Empty roads
Empty roads – cruising the left right left right of the HCM Highway and sometimes the road is like this – so you do not have to steer for a minute or so.

On the way to Khe Sanh
On the way to Khe Sanh

Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh
Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

My room at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh
My room at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh. Sports a TV, hot shower, toilet, fan, Wifi and AC for 6 US $. Much better than last year where I had to fork out 16$ for the worst nights sleep in Vietnam. But the other place was with breakfast – this one without.

My room at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

Bathroom at the Ngoc Chau Guesthouse in Khe Sanh

Todays Drive

166 km in 6 hours and 16 minutes including lunch, photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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From Hội An to Hue

July 30, 2017 at 15:31

Ready to roll
Ready to roll!
The rain was gone and I had a new iPhone. Maps loaded and the GPS tracker running. Time to hit the road up to Hue for a one night stop. Adios Su Shi and Mike – see you next time 🙂

The Marble Mountains close to Da Nang
The Marble Mountains close to Da Nang
How nice you might say but wait – check the next picture!

What is really going on
What is really going on. Tourist overload. Still I will stop next time to take a look at the caves – if they are not to expensive.

The Dragon Bridge in Da Nang
The Dragon Bridge in Da Nang (in the back)

Every Saturday and Sunday night the Dragon spits fire
Every Saturday and Sunday night the Dragon spits fire

Nhà thờ Ngọc Quang at the Northern tip of Da Nang
Nhà thờ Ngọc Quang at the Northern tip of Da Nang”

Detail with a Fish on top
Detail with a Fish on top

At the beach in Da Nang
At the beach in Da Nang – lots of traditional small fishing boats

They sell the catch next to the street
They sell the catch next to the street

Must be a Fisherman Temple? Đền Thờ Ngư Ông Phú Lộc
Must be a Fisherman Temple? Đền Thờ Ngư Ông Phú Lộc

View of the North tip of Da Nang
View of the North tip of Da Nang

Nice as long as you do not look down
Nice as long as you do not look down. They should clean that beach more often. Wherever you look there is trash – a lot of trash!

The bay of Liên Chiểu at the end of Da Nang
The bay of Liên Chiểu at the end of Da Nang

The bay from above. In the distance you can see the North tip of Da Nang
The bay from above. In the distance you can see the North tip of Da Nang

Surprisingly this place does look still unspoiled
Surprisingly this place does look still unspoiled

Going up the Hải Vân Pass
Going up the Hải Vân Pass – passing the clouds on the way. There are always clouds here so it is called ocean cloud pass as well.

A bunker at the Hải Vân Pass
A bunker at the Hải Vân Pass

Almost at the end of the Hải Vân Pass: The view of Lăng Cô
Almost at the end of the Hải Vân Pass: The view of Lăng Cô

Offerings for something at a bridge
Offerings for something at a bridge

The water up the mountain
The water up the mountain

Offerings on the sea-side as well
Offerings on the sea side as well
One can imagine where all the plastic and the rest will go soon. Down towards the sea. Since I own PEP I am happy to see they offer it here. But it would be much nicer if they use banana leaves and Bamboo cups.

The stream down towards the sea
The stream down towards the sea

Are they friendly?
Are they friendly?

At the Lang Co View Point or Địa điểm checkin Lăng cô as the locals refer to it
At the Lang Co View Point or Địa điểm checkin Lăng cô as the locals refer to it

Pig cooling station
Pig cooling station

Poor animals
Poor animals

They can lick some dirty water if they are lucky
They can lick some dirty water if they are lucky

You can not imagine the smell - or can you??
You can not imagine the smell – or can you??

Ricefield in Quỹ Nhất
Ricefield in Quỹ Nhất

Nhà thờ Phước Tượng
Nhà thờ Phước Tượng

Small church in Đá Bạc
Small church in Đá Bạc

Vu Homestay close to Hue

This place was just opened and I was lucky to get the discount rates for my bungalow. It had a TV, water heater, fan, table and chairs. Hot shower and a bathroom as well. The owner and his family are super nice and try to help the best they can. From time to time they have a BBQ for all the guests in the evening. The place is really green and must look even better soon. All the green was just planted so it will be even better in the future. I paid only 5,60 US $ for a night with breakfast. Here is a link to the Vu Homestay page on Booking.com

Entrance of the Vu Homestay
Entrance of the Vu Homestay

Vu Homestay with my bungalow in the middle
Vu Homestay with my bungalow in the middle

My bungalow
My bungalow

Entrance of the bungalow
Entrance of the bungalow with a chair to enjoy the warm afternoon sun

Inside the bungalow
Inside the bungalow

Private shower
Private shower

Comes with TV, water boiler and fan
Comes with TV, water heater and fan

View over the rice fields behind Vu Homestay
View over the rice fields behind Vu Homestay”

BBQ in the evening
BQ in the evening – lots of vegetable options for me

BBQ in the evening
Some could not really handle the Rice Whiskey

Todays Drive

152 km in 4 hours and 54 minutes including photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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