Mong Cai

Saturday 9th February 2019, Mong Cai. A good day’s undulating riding. Waiting to see what lies ahead. Last post for a few weeks.

Thien Yen

Friday 8th February 2019, Thien Yen. A really good days cycling through some varied scenery. More karst rocks, towns, rural areas and non karst mountains. In contrast to yesterday there was a much more positive incident today. I felt I was being tracked by a large black car. The front window came down and inside … More Thien Yen

Halong Bay

Thursday 7th February 2019, Halong Bay. A straightforward ride today with a lovely last 25km looking out at the karst rocks rising out of the sea. I experienced a rather unpleasant first this afternoon that I can only describe as being abused and physically assaulted. The first incident involved a gang of teenagers on motorbikes … More Halong Bay


Tuesday 5th February 2019, Hanoi. Happy Tet everyone! Year of the pig. The Hanoi women were dressed up in their finery today. The men less so. I suppose that’s the same everywhere. A lovely atmosphere here in Hanoi today with many families strolling around and visiting temples. A few cases of gridlock as well later … More Hanoi


Monday 4th February, Hanoi. A fascinating day looking around the city. The Vietnamese temples are totally different from those in Thailand and Cambodia. They tend to be smaller with vivid colours, reds and gold predominantly and are intensely decorated. They are exquisite. The inevitable focus on the Vietnam war or the American war as it … More Hanoi