From Phong Nha to Phố Châu

Open road into the mountains after Phong Nha

Another one of those Gray days. You can not see where the sun is the whole day because the Gray soup is so thick. And it looks as it would start to rain every second. Had my breakfast at the Mountain View Hotel. Since I do not like to eat eggs I had my Baguette with Tomatoes instead. That did confuse the boss woman for a few days but now she is used to it. And since I stayed here a few times she gives me an extra Vietnamese slow drip coffee every morning as well. Nice!
“Pack the Bag” game and everything on the bike. Drove down to the Lemon Tree Spa to say Adios to Trang.

M35 Truck
M35 Truck – still doing the heavy lifting in the forest

The main drag of Phong Nha
The main drag of Phong Nha towards the right of The Lemon Tree Spa

The main drag of Phong Nha
And towards the left

Phong Nha Hollywood Style

Phong Nha Hollywood Style – at the mountain where you do a left into the city if you come from the ocean.

Open road into the mountains after Phong Nha
Open road into the mountains after Phong Nha

Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập
Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập

Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập
The rain stopped for the rest of the trip and that made for a great show above the rainforest

Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập

Nhà thờ Giáo họ Tân Phương
Nhà thờ Giáo họ Tân Phương

Another church in the middle of nowhere

Another church in the middle of nowhere

Phố Châu

Went to the same hotel as the last few times. The Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. I got another room on the second floor again. Now I had 3 different rooms in this hotel. They are on booking.com as well.

My room in the Ly Ha Hotel

My room in the Ly Ha Hotel
My room at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. 8€ with AC, fan, closet, table, chairs, kettle and private bathroom with hot shower. The room is not to big but for a few nights perfect.

My room in the Ly Ha Hotel
The bathroom. Small but everything I need

Mr. Trần
Mr. Trần – the manager of the hotel took me again for a coffee at his favourite place. Of course we did talk Photography for most of the time.

The Cafè downtown
The heart of the Café

The Cafè downtown
From the “room” before the heart

The Cafè downtown
Part of the courtyard with the stairs up

The Cafè downtown

View from the “room” under the balcony into the courtyard

The Cafè downtown
Little raised table on the right

The Cafè downtown
There are 2 more seating areas upstairs

The Cafè downtown
Who would think to find such a place in the middle of nowhere??

Off to the Karaoke wonderland
Later Trần took me to see some friends and we ended up in the Karaoke place

Private Karaoke room
Private Karaoke room – everybody was happy and there was cold beer so I was happy too!

This is how a room looks when you have Vietnamese customers
This is how a room looks when you have Vietnamese customers – poor cleaning woman 🙁

Todays Drive

191 km in 7 hours and 34 minutes including lunch, photo stops, rain coat shopping and shelter seeking as well as a Gas stop. Since I drove the same road as last time I have the same map again – I hope you do not mind!

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From Phố Châu over Rừng Thông to Ninh Binh

Rice planting in Rừng Thông

Ashley and Me in front of the Ly Ha Hotel
Ashley and Me in front of the Ly Ha Hotel

After a few days, it was time to ride on. Had a great time again at the Ly Ha Hotel. The weather report looked not to bad so up North it was.

Ashley - ready to take off towards Phong Nha
Ashley – ready to take off to the South towards Phong Nha

Meat shop in the rain
Meat shop in the rain and it looked like it will rain for the rest of the day. No excuse for the wicked. Got my stuff on the bike and it was time to say good bye.

Trần and Me
See you soon Trần!

At the traffic circle in Phố Châu
At the traffic circle in Phố Châu – no clue why they need this in the middle of nowhere?

Rice planting in Rừng Thông
Rice planting in Rừng Thông – still rain and it is cold after the whole day on the bike. Time to find a hotel.

My bed at the hotel in xã Đông Anh
My bed at the hotel in xã Đông Anh

Toilet paper, a remote and condoms
Toilet paper, a remote and condoms

There was only blue light in the bathroom? This way you will have problems to shoot up!
There was only blue light in the bathroom? This way you will have problems to shoot up!

The Boss insisted that I take the bike inside - so I did
The Boss insisted that I take the bike inside – so I did

Todays Drive

243 Kilometres in 6 hours and 12 minutes with a few rain stops, some shopping and a gas stop as well

The next Morning

The Boss was quite happy in the morning! See you again :-)
The Boss was quite happy in the morning! See you again 🙂

Working in the rice fields of Rice planting in Bừt Sơn
Working in the rice fields of Rice planting in Bừt Sơn – still Gray but dry!

At Việt's and Hoàn's home
Arrived in the afternoon at Việt’s and Hoàn’s home and they served me a wonderful lunch

Todays Drive

82 Kilometers in 2 hours and 11 minutes with a coffee and gas stop

Sapphire Truong Thinh Hotel in Ninh Binh

Việt and Hoàn opened the hotel in February 2017 so I was the first guest. They cook every evening and everybody sits together and eats. Great way to meet new friends. Also I got vegetarian food and it was really good. The same goes for breakfast since they asked me what I want for breakfast. Next to the hotel is a great soup place that serves traditional soup and BBQ in the morning. Usually they are sold out round 8:30 in the morning. So if you get up late you can not try.

Sapphire Truong Thinh Hotel in Ninh Binh
Sapphire Truong Thinh Hotel in Ninh Binh

My room at the Sapphire Truong Thinh
My room at the Sapphire Truong Thinh for 8 US $. Comes with AC, 2 beds, WiFi,TV, fan, breakfast and hot shower.

View towards the bathroom
View towards the bathroom

Việt and Hoàn in front of the hotel
Việt and Hoàn in front of the hotel

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On the Ho Chi Minh Road from Phong Nha to Phố Châu

At a temple close to Phố Châu

A Gray morning after a good nights sleep at the Mountain View Hotel in Phong Nha. Today I wanted to drive further up North to Phố Châu.
Switched on the boiler and flipped open the MacBook. Catching up with the world events and emails from last night. After a few emails the water was hot and I took my shower.
Went down to the restaurant for breakfast later. They serve tea or coffee and the usual Baguette with egg and a few Bananas for desert. I opted for coffee as usually – the slow drip Vietnamese coffee. But ordered tomatoes instead of egg. That was new for the owner. So she came with 2 tomatoes and showed them to me. “Tomatoes?” Yes! Ha ha – you should see the lock she gave me 🙂
After I put my stuff on the bike and settled the bill I was off toward the Ho Chi Minh Road.

Looking back at Phong Nha
Crossing the bridge towards the QL15 I stopped for a look back at Phong Nha.

Nhà Thờ Giáo Xứ Đồng Troóc in Thôn Hai
Nhà Thờ Giáo in the next village

Kids always put on a show if you have the camera out
Kids always put on a show if you have the camera out

Nhà Thờ Giáo Họ Vĩnh Sơn - GX Khe Gát
Nhà Thờ Giáo Họ Vĩnh Sơn – GX Khe Gát

Finally open road toward the mountains
Finally open road toward the mountains. It looks like last year – Gray and limited visibility. And sure enough a few minutes later it started to rain again. Stopped in a small market town and got a rain poncho. Of course it was way to small but I was dry all the way down to the knees! And shielded from the cold as well.
Did not take a lot of pictures since it rained for most of the day. BUT I have some for you in the post from last year: https://hastenteufel.name/blog/from-phong-nha-to-tinh-ha-tinh/.

Nhà thờ Giáo họ Tân Phương in Hương Khê
Nhà thờ Giáo họ Tân Phương in Hương Khê

Phố Châu

Went to the same hotel as last year. The Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. Only this time I got the room in the second floor. My old room was occupied by Ashley from Canada.

My room at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu
My room at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. 8€ with fridge, AC, fan, closet, table, chairs, kettle and private bathroom with hot shower. The room is not to big but for a few nights perfect.

The bathroom at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu
The bathroom. Small but everything I need

Affter setteling in I went down to do some shopping and the manager was sitting there. I said “Hello” and “I remember you from last year”. Took him a few seconds to remember but in no time I was sitting next to him with some fresh tea.
Later he went with Ashley and me to a local coffee shop for some refreshment.
After that Ashley went for dinner and he took me to a temple that had some celebration going on. I did not really understand what was going on but there where many people and since I was the only foreigner you can imagine the whole thing.

At a temple close to Phố Châu
At a temple close to Phố Châu. This guy was the important speaker this evening.

At a temple closte to Phố Châu

At a temple closte to Phố Châu

Facebook live stream
Facebook live stream!

Tea with some important guys with lots of pictures
Tea with some important guys at the entrance building. They took lots of pictures with me as well.

And the usual fotoshoots at the parking lot
And the usual pictures at the parking lot. It is so easy to make people happy over here 🙂

Todays Drive

191 km in 6 hours and 44 minutes including lunch, photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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