From Hue to Khe Sanh

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 Hàm Tiến to Ðưc Trọng

3 lazy days in Hàm Tiến – go to bed early and wake up early. Time to start the drive up north. Today I want to reach Hiệp Thạnh which is close to Dalat or Da Lat as the Vietnamese call it.

Along the way I took some pictures of churches for you and some landscape as well. The further I drove into the mountains the less traffic was on the road. A bit more traffic at the QL20 leading towards Da Lat. Lots of crazy bus drivers going as fast as possible but the road is wide and when you see one in the mirror you better stay as far left as possible.

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc
Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc
Hi there!

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc
They like to have a Holyland Park at the churches here.

Nhà Thờ Kim Ngọc

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm
Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm. X-Mas decoration still in place.

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Hồng Liêm

Along the 711
Along the 711. More Dragon fruits in the back.

Further up north on the 711
Further up north on the 711 – as you can see – nothing is going on.

The mountains in Bình Thuận
The mountains in Bình Thuận – far away from any village they look still good.

The mountains in Bình Thuận
You can see how farming is cutting into it

Coffee is eating its way into the forest
Coffee is eating its way into the forest.

Redecorated! No water nowhere
Redecorated! No water nowhere

Church along the QL 28 in the Di Linh District
Church along the QL 28 in the Di Linh District

Church along the QL 28
Church along the QL 28. Poor church – it is not even on Google Maps – so I have no name for you

Church along the QL 28
Comes with a few figures as well.

Church along the QL 28
Nice and full of light

Giáo xứ Di Linh
Giáo xứ Di Linh

Di Linh
Not a lot of traffic in Di Linh

Giáo xứ Phú Hiệp
Giáo xứ Phú Hiệp

Giáo xứ Phú Hiệp

There is always some space to dry your harvest
There is always some space to dry your harvest

Nhà thờ Tam Bố
Nhà thờ Tam Bố

Nhà thờ Liên Khương
Nhà thờ Liên Khương

Nhà thờ Liên Khương

Nhà thờ Liên Khương

New Gold Hotel

New Gold Hotel
The arch to the left and right look similar to the ones of the church which is only a few metres down the road from the hotel. The Booking link to the New Gold Hotel

Room in the New Gold Hotel
My room in the New Gold Hotel. It is a Karaoke place but was not to noisy. Big and clean with a big bathroom as well. Not sure why there was no window in the bathroom. Fridge, TV and Air-Con as well – everything 12 US$.

Room in the New Gold Hotel

Room in the New Gold Hotel

Todays Drive

163 km in 4,5 hours including Photo stops as well as a Gas stop

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