Winter 17/18 From Sìn Hồ⁩ to Điện Biên Phủ

Today we started to drive South again. Starting on the DT 128 over the mountains with lots of mountains to see. Quite easy once you on the QL 12 which is a bigger road. It was hazy but dry with blue sky over us. A nice day riding towards Điện Biên Phủ.

Vietnamese Mountains
Lots of agriculture happening in those mountains
Mountains with a village
Many small farming villages in the mountains
Mountain Village
More rice fields from now on since we drive South again
Mountains
Not a lot of forrest left
Mountains
Agriculture everywhere
Mountain Rice Fields
Hard work to build rice terraces here
Green Mountains
Lots of original forrest left? Not really
More Mountains
Not that much if you look closer
Mountains
Almost all of nature gone
Monument
Another monument: Forever grateful to martyrs
Fisher
Looks like snail catching day. Note the helmet that the guy in the middle is wearing
Clear cut Mountains
Sad view

Điện Biên Phủ

Điện Biên Phủ
Điện Biên Phủ at sunset
Mitsos
To many stairs for the Greek
Monument
Still a few more to the top and the Monument of Victory
Monument
Happy family with a flag
Monument of Victory
The kid looks super happy
Monument of Victory
And a guy with a gun to protect them

Nhà Nghỉ Nhật Linh

That worked like clockwork again. Riding into town – took a right into that street and stopped at this place. Guess I liked the paint job? And we found a super place – as usually.

Nhà Nghỉ Nhật Linh
Nhà Nghỉ Nhật Linh
Hotel Room Nhà Nghỉ Nhật Linh
Our room at the Nhà Nghỉ Nhật Linh
Hotel Room
AC, Fan, TV, Fridge, Hot Shower – everything you need
Bathroom Nhà Nghỉ Nhật Linh
The bathroom
Pillow
Interesting
Bed
Walkway
Lets do something for the blind!
Vietnamese Restaurant
Lots of green at this place!
Vegetarian Food
Loooook – together with a cold brew – I love it!

Today’s drive:
We drove 160 kilometers in 4 hours, 40 minutes with gas and food stops.

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Winter 17/18 From Sa Pa to Sìn Hồ⁩

Today was the second day on this trip on the Northern Loop with blue sky. I was hoping for the days with only blue sky for a few years – finally, I got at last one day of blue in the mountains. In the evening I was even happier since I do not want to drive the small road up to the DT 128 in the rain with my Yamaha Exciter 135. And let’s not talk about the slick on the back tire. Best of all – most of today’s drive was still without power lines. And I can not say that too often. Even in 1989 when I was here the first time there were power lines everywhere. So it was a special day all together.

Fansipan
Phan Xi Păng or Fansipan. 3,143 meters (10,312 ft), make it the highest mountain in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. His nickname is “the Roof of Indochina”. Now with a cable car and an exit to the Gift Shop!
Farm
A farm with a view!
Mountains and Farmland
Mountains and farmland
Waterfall
Blue sky and a waterfall
Mountains
This way we go
Mountain Road
The long and winding road
Mountain Road
Not really a lot of traffic
Unspoiled Mountains
For a change: Unspoiled mountains
Mountains
Steep roads and Zick Zack mountains
Mountains
Farmland eats it s way up
Fruit Stand
Nice selection

Lai Châu

Rice field
Rice fields and a village in the valley
Monument in Lai Châu
Lai Châu – Super wide roads and big buildings
Road in Lai Châu
Not to much traffic in Lai Châu
Mountain Town
Lai Châu from the top.

The Mountains without Power

Mountains in the Mist
Mountains in the mist
Green Hills
Green hills and rocks
Winding Road
Looks almost untouched AND no powerlines!
Rice Field
That did not last to long
Cement Hole
The power is on the way
Hills in Northern Vietnam
Unspoiled? Almost – but at last no power poles!
Mountains
Landscape like this or farming along the small road
Village
And from time to time small farm houses – without power
Water Buffalo
Water Buffaloes doing their water thing
Fields in the Hills
Farming takes over – starting here
Steep Road
Imagine this road in the Rainy Season
Farm Houses
They where the first with power
Last Tree
Last tree standing
Farmland
More and more farmland

Panoramic View from Left to Right

Farmland
The farmland eats the forrest again
Farmland
And more and more fires to burn the cut wood
Farmland
Kind of a shock after all that green hills a few clicks back
Farmland
Not to much forrest left
Mountains
A panoramic view over the mountains
Mountains
Roads & Fields
Mountains
If only the mist would clear
Mountains
My way out of the valley
My way out over the mountain into the next valley

Down into the next Valley

New Farm House
Looks like a new house
Valley
Could be a nice view – without the bare red earth
Concrete Road
Without a warning: Concrete road again. Not really wide but easy to drive.
Blasting Hours
That nice road turned a bit nasty after I saw this warning sign with the blasting hours. It was 14:39 when I took the picture.
Mountains

After a while I was back at the QL 12 and turned right to drive up North to meet with Mitsos in Sìn Hồ⁩.

Grave Yard
This grave yard is not to nice but they do take care of the lawn
Memorial Grave Yard
Memorial Grave Yard
Memorial Grave Yard

Sìn Hồ

Automotive Repair Shop
Got my chain thightened here. 3 generations of mechanics
Ducks on a bike
The Asians like their food fresh
Saigon Special
Not sure if that was a statement but there are not many places in Vietnam to be further away from Saigon. Well I liked it even more.
Vietnamese Restaurant
Had lunch and later dinner after Mitsos arrived at this nice place

The Phúc Thọ Hotel

Phuc Tho Hotel in Sìn Hồ
The Phuc Tho Hotel in Sìn Hồ. We had the room with the flag!
Hotel Room
The room was quite OK
Toilet
The toilet not so fancy but the hot water worked – great!
City view
The view from the balcony to the left. Sìn Hồ⁩ main square
Balcony View
View to the right
Bamboo Shoot
The first time I had Bamboo Shoot in Vietnam. If those are Bamboo Shoot.

Had to wait hours for Mitsos to turn up. Since he does not track where he drives we will never know. Only one thing is sure – he drove a very different road to get here.

Today’s drive:
I drove 151 kilometers in 6 hours, 11 minutes with gas and food stops.

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