From Khâm Đức to Hội An

Today’s mission: Get from Khâm Đức to Hội An to see some friends in town.
The clock: 50536 km. The temperature: 28 degrees in the shade – that is at 9:14 in the morning!
Lets get going than!

Another war memorial
Just outside of Khâm Đức – another war memorial

Goats on the street
Goats on the street

Empty roads
Empty roads for most of the day

A few more kilometre till Hoi An
A few more kilometre till Hoi An

My room at the Homestay Song Thanh
My room at the Homestay Song Thanh. 7 € with a fridge, AC, fan, TV, WiFi and private bathroom with hot shower.

The clock: 60668= 132 km today. Not really to far but a nice ride.

The bathroom at the Homestay Song Thanh
My bathroom at the Homestay Song Thanh

Out at the beach in Hoi An
Out at the beach in Hoi An – exactly what I do not want on a beach…

The Lola Zolas
Went to the Dive Bar in the Old Quarter in the evening to see the The Lola Zolas

The Lola Zolas
Yes it is Laureen and Daniel

The Lola Zolas

When I was the first time in Vietnam in 1989 you had to pay for bicycles and motorbikes to park. And of course they park on the side-walk so it becomes a side parking area and one has to walk on the street! Now bicycles park for free wherever but for the motorbike you still have to pay at most places. The Old Quarter in Hoi An is “motorbike free” for a few hours in the evening. So I had to park outside. But they close at 22:00 and you can not lock the bike. So you have to get it before. I did miss the second set at the bar – lets see when I hear the Lola Zolas again!

Old Chinese couple in Hoi An
Old Chinese couple in front of their shop in Hoi An

Small corner market in Hoi An
Small corner market

Street food in Hoi An
Street food

Souvenir shop in Hoi An
Souvenir shop

Hotel in Hoi An
Some random hotel just before my parking lot. More pictures from Hoi An will follow!

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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