From Buôn Ma Thuột to Đăk Hà

June 26, 2017 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 Lăk Lake to Kon Tum

April 1, 2016 at 13:01

The mission for today Lak Lake to Kon Tum. After the breakfast it was time to get the stuff on the bike. 09:00 in the morning and already 28 degrees. Another hot day! The clock 60088 KM.

Coffee with Green Tea at Lak Lake

Coffee and Green Tea for breakfast at the Lăk Lake

Open road after Lăk Lake
Open road after Lăk Lake

Open road after Lak Lake

The humble farmer
The humble farmer – should have stopped for a talk. Fuck – missed opportunity 🙁

Rush hour
Rush hour

More forest goes for Coffee
More forest goes for Coffee

A cab driver takes a picture of me taking a picture of fish in a bag
A cab driver takes a picture of me taking a picture of “Fish in a Bag” shop on wheels

Do you like a bird?
Do you like a bird?

Rubber trees in the front
Rubber trees in the front

Rubber trees in the back - and my bike - and traffic!
Rubber trees in the back – and my bike – and traffic!

A very hot day again today. The clock: 60360 = 272 KM. Was quite tired and very thirsty!

Found a vegetarian restaurant in Kon Tum!
Found a vegetarian restaurant in Kon Tum!

When I checked in there where 5 girls cleaning the stairs and I had to pass all of them with the girl who showed me to my room. “Hello Sir”, “Good afternoon” and “Hello” – Happy welcome!

The room at Hong My Hotel - small but clean

The room at the Hong My Hotel – small but clean and the air-con working very good. I did need it – we had 39 degrees outside today.

The next morning the girl at the reception was a bit confused. She wanted 200.000 Dong (8,20€) for the room and I told her I had two 333 beer and two Heineken as well as some Bird whatever that looked like Ice Coffee but tasted like Bubble Tea – so it went down the drain since I could really not drink more than one sip.
Somehow she did not understand nothing. After I wrote down 333 x 2 and Heineken x 2 and 1 x Bird something drink she understand and went to work. While she was busy with her calculator she walkie-talkied somebody of the stuff to check the mini bar. Than she was ready and I gave her the cash – the same second the girl on the other walkie talkie reported back from the room – saved me 5000 from the Bird drink since is was only 25.000 and not 30.000.

 
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