Easy riding through the central highlands
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
20Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
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manys a place
Our route was this: Dalat to Lak Village, Lak Village to Buon Ma Thout, Buon Ma Thout to Kontum, onto Phuon Son and finishing in Hoi An.
The scenery was spectacular. The food amazing. The people curious and our asses sore. But we soon got over that. I have to say this whole trip was such information overload that I cant possibly go into detail on everything. Manys a pagoda (buddist temple) we did see, manys a minority villager and village
We got to the third stop, Kon Tum, after 3 days. By now our tender bums had recovered and were well able for hours on a bike. Now Kontum was special. Our guide told us that everyone there were real 'country bumpkins' (his words) and sure I haven't a clue but what is there are two orphanages where westerners adopt little babies from. At the moment the government has stopped the adoptions - no one is sure why - but we were lucky enough to be allowed in to spend some time with them. Talk about tearing on the heart strings. Amazing.
But that is only one story. Another lady invited us into her house for tea just because we took shelter from the rain outsider her house. She was some women (9 kids and 36 grandkids) but as per, kept smiling the whole time we were there.
After Kon Tum, we spent the final two days on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Its 50 years old this year and has been rebuilt to be an actual road now. It follows much the same path as the original and again we were lucky enough to hike a little way off the main track to stand on a bomb ridden bridge - which has not been rebuilt
Our trip ended in Hoi An where we stayed just a night - more about that later but for now I've uploaded pictures which you might like to see. Not all are mentioned here but have a look and click into each, there should be a little story too.
Thanks for reading by the way, hope yis are all enjoying it!!!