From Kon Tum to Khâm Đức

A hot morning in Kon Tum – the clock 60360 km – next destination Khâm Đức.
The next few hundred kilometres ahead was the scene of some of the fiercest battles of the ‘American War’ (as the Vietnam War is called here). That is more than 40 years ago but you can still see some of the scars of the bombs that were dropped here. There are war memorials and war cemeteries along the road. But that is the past and the new Vietnam is looking forward.
The young people wear western outfits, have US flags on the bikes and listen to western music. Just like everywhere else in the world.
But there is still a lot of history and tradition in the villages along the way.
Tradition and new influences – you have it for example on this Chinese graveyard – here are some pictures for you:

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

Chinese Graveyard

War memorial
Some random war memorial – there are so many…

Temple
One of the many temples on the way

Traditional House
A communal House or Rong House of Ba Na ethnic people.

The Communal House in the northern central highlands is where the village people have their important events. The pass down their customs and traditions here and every village or town has one. They are building many new ones now in the villages that I passed. Very big and made with lots concrete – not so nice any more.

Finally the HCM Highway
Finally the Ho Chi Minh Road

Farmland
Farmland

Rice Fields
Rice Fields

More farm land
More farm land

Finally some green
Looks like I found some forest.

Be Chau Giang Hotel
The Be Chau Giang Hote in Khâm Đức. 8,24 € for one night. Comes with AC, fridge, TV, chairs, table, closet and hot shower. Very good value for money!

Be Chau Giang Hotel

Be Chau Giang Hotel

Dirty Bike in Khâm Đức
Since I had a shower – time for the bike to get one too!

Clean Bike in Khâm Đức
20.000 Dong – 0,80€ and a clean bike – she was happy – I was happy and the bike looked better 🙂

The clock: 60536 = 176 km today. Went to the market and got some fruits, beer and 2 Banh Mi. Did sleep good in my nice bed.

 
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From Lăk Lake to Kon Tum

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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Pictures of the second Day at Lăk Lake

The second day at Lăk Lake started how the last evening ended. It was hot! Did meet a nice French couple at breakfast. The guy is also into photography and has a Canon as well. So we had plenty to talk about. He is into wild life photography and showed me some very good pictures from his trip to Yellowstone park in winter.
They did leave the same day and I could drive them to the bus stop. Finally I could pay back a bit for all the times somebody did drive me to the airport, bus station or train station.
Did spend the afternoon in the room organizing, blogging and emailing since it was simply to hot to enjoy the outdoors. In the afternoon I took a walk to Bao Dai and some pictures.

Lak Lake in the afternoon
Lak Lake in the afternoon

Lak Lake in the afternoon

Baby pig looking for food
Baby pig looking for food

Not everybody has a long house at Lăk Lake
Not everybody has a long house at Lăk Lake

Since it was still super hot I decided for a break at the restaurant at the end of Bao Dai village. A cold beer to fight the heat!

A beer with the pigs at Lăk Lake
A beer with the pigs at Lăk Lake

Traditional dugout canoes
Traditional dugout canoes

A female dog drinks water in a lake

Farmers return home from a day of work in the fields
Farmers return home from a day of work in the fields

Two pigs search for food in Lăk Lake
Two pigs search for food in Lăk Lake

Cleaning of the farming equipment
Cleaning of the farming equipment after a long day of work

Why use the hands if you can use the feet?
Why use the hands if you can use the feet?

Coming home from the field - a farmer and his buffalo
Coming home from the field – a farmer and his buffalo

A man with his farming machine on his way home
A man with his farming machine on his way home

And yes - the pipe is quite long!
And yes – the pipe is quite long!

Children play in the corn that is out in the sun to dry
Children play in the corn that is out in the sun to dry

Sunset over the rice fields
Sunset over the rice fields

Sunset over the rice fields

Clever Mosquito net
Clever Mosquito net! The top part of the net stays in place and you can move the side parts to one side of the bed when you not need it.

Bike parking in the night
The usual bike parking in the night

 
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