More great biking
Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
88Trip End May 31, 2014
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We started early and followed a wide river valley inland for 24 km past many fish farms.
After a quick rest we finished off the cycling with a 26 km run through varied country side, mostly flat but with a few hills to liven things up.
Then we got back in the bus on to Highway 1 for several hours to the lovely historic town of Hoi An. Here are strong Japanese, Chinese, Dutch and French influences. The 'Old Town' is off limits to motorised vehicles, so there is no continuous beep-beeping.
Cycling is a great way to see Vietnam, but the rules of the road take some getting used to!
On the standard 2 lane road we drive on the right in Vietnam (but interestingly they drive on the left in NZ and OZ, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan). However it is common for people to drive on the wrong side of the road when it suits them. There is no concept of giving way - in fact it is dangerous to do so. Hence if you come to a T junction and want to turn left across the flow of traffic you have to wait for a gap in the traffic coming and pull out, blocking that lane and causing it to stop until a gap appears in the traffic coming from the right and you can carry on. That's a bit dangerous if you are a 2 wheeled vehicle, as the four wheeled varieties won't stop for anything smaller (Might is Right!)
SO, most motorbikes will turn sharp left and drive on the wrong side of the road until a gap appears and then merge across. Therefore each 2 lane road is in fact a 4 lane road, with the outer most lanes consisting of people going the wrong way waiting for an opportunity to cross to their correct lane. Surprisingly it seems to work quite well, the key concept being 'Go With the Flow'.