The Motocycle Chronicles - Pha Chau to Thanh Hoa
Trip Start Oct 27, 2010
43Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Truc Lam, 12/2 Trinh Thi Ngoc, Tel 0372470408
I find accommodation at 'Trúc Lâm' hotel locate near the central market. As I look at the room prices, I notice that they charge by the hour, as well as by night. I suddenly get a sinking feeling in my gut that I may have inadvertently walked into a brothel-hotel, and start to think of ways out as the receptionist takes me up to my room, but thankfully no Vietnamese woman was waiting for me in my room.
One thing that I have noticed in Asia is that similar shops, such as tailors, or hardware stores, always seem to group together, meaning you can have entire streets only containing shops only selling the same products
Despite the protest of the receptionist I set to work dismantling the front of my bike in the reception of the hotels lobby. The only problem with these cheap bikes is that generally any work that is carried out on them is normal amateur and bodged together, meaning that the electrics are a complete mess, with wires randomly stuck together with insulation tap. So I take my time drawing up my own wiring diagram as I disassemble the spaghetti mess in front of me, before putting it back together in a better state than it started. And amazingly it worked first time, although the staff did not appreciate me starting the bike up indoors.