Comments for Vietnam Coracle http://vietnamcoracle.com Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:44:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.12 Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191552 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:44:49 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191552 Hi Jay,

Yes, I think that either finishing in Nha Trang or starting in Dong Hoi (for Phong Nha) would work. It also depends on the time of year you’re planning to ride the route, because of weather. For example, the north gets a real winter from around late November to February, while the south has good weather at that time of year. (See this Weather Guide for more info).

With either of those ‘short cuts’ you should have enough time to ride the route, but you’d still need to cover quite a lot of kms over several days in order to finish on time.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Ha Giang Extreme North Motorbike Loop by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/ha-giang-extreme-north-motorbike-loop/#comment-191551 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:34:10 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=12590#comment-191551 Hi Shawn,

Yes, that should more than cover you for the trip. I’m in the northern mountains now and the weather is grim and cold but wind proofs over normal clothes are generally good enough. However, I know for previous experience that it can get bitterly cold with the wind chill factor on the high passes during the deeper winter months. But, being from Canada, I doubt that you’ll have too much trouble with the temperatures. For riding in particular, don’t forget to cover your hands.

As an example, if I was riding the northern mountains in November/December, on a cold day I’d wear a thermal vest and sweater with a good rain/wind jacket on top, and good socks, sneakers, jeans, and waterproof pants on the bottom, plus some kind of gloves.

Great to hear that you’ve found my site useful. I appreciate you using the links and thanks for the offer of a drink, but I’ll be moving around quite a lot for the next couple of months so I don’t really know where I’ll be.

Please note that I’m currently updating all my northern guides, and I’ll be rolling them out over the next couple months, so bear that in mind when following them.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Ha Giang Extreme North Motorbike Loop by Shawn http://vietnamcoracle.com/ha-giang-extreme-north-motorbike-loop/#comment-191540 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:24:43 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=12590#comment-191540 Forgot to mention – We’ll be arriving Nov 1 and riding the entire month of November through the north / NW / NE.
Cheers!

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Comment on Ha Giang Extreme North Motorbike Loop by Shawn http://vietnamcoracle.com/ha-giang-extreme-north-motorbike-loop/#comment-191539 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:21:27 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=12590#comment-191539 Hi Tom,
For the most part, we are doing pretty much the entire North Loop (Hanoi, Dien Bien, Xin Man, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc, etc). I know you’ve been asked this a million times, so we apologize in advance. We are asking only because Cold weather gear / clothing is very subjective depending on where home is (We live in Canada). For this ride, it seems that weather will vary quite drastically (From Cold to very warm) and that the coldest area will be around Sa Pa. We want to be warm, but we don’t want to over-pack with too much warm clothes if they are not needed. For cold riding, we are thinking of bringing:
– A light Goretex Shell (Wind / waterproof)
– A “Puffy” down filled jacket (600 fill duck fill)
– A Merino wool sweater
– Rain pants used for hiking (For additional warmth and wind protection if needed)
– Warm leather/thermal gloves
– A head buff for neck / ears
– We’ll also have the famous VN rain poncho from Tigit.
We figure if we layer up with the above, we should be warm enough. What do you think? Is this too much? Too little?

PS – We really owe you a great thank you for your site. It truly is a big help. We will contribute and have used many of your links. If you live somewhere in the North, and your interested in us buying you some dinner feel free to reach out via email. We will eventually head south as well, we are in Vietnam for 2 months.

Thanks in advance

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Bree http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191537 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:04:34 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191537 Thank you so much! I am utilizing all of your maps so much.

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Jay http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191521 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:05:02 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191521 Hi Tom,

First up, mad props for putting together probably the most detailed riding guide going around the interwebs at the moment. This thing has helped me in so many ways already. You sir, are a legend!

Me and some mates are looking at doing the “Classic” route for the 15-16 days we have in Viet, as it looks the most enjoyable. I’ve read through some of the other comments here in terms of timeframes and realise we may need to cover a few extra km’s to do it in this timeframe. So my question is if we are to do this route, is there a certain section we could skip/ride through or an earlier finishing point that might save us a bit of time? Anything you think we won’t be missing if we skip, really. We are riding Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh so were looking at the maps and thinking say, if we finished up at Nha Trang would we be missing anything from there, the rest of the way to H.C.M ??

Thanks heaps for your help!
Jay.

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191505 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:16:48 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191505 Hi Bree,

It depends how much time you have and what the weather is like. The area around Kem Waterfall is very scenic and largely off the beaten path so if you have time I would recommend going there and exploring the wider area too, like Pu Mat National Park, for example. There’s not that much tourist development or infrastructure there yet, but ‘wild camping’ is great there, providing you do it sensibly, of course. Perhaps read some of the tips for ‘wild camping’ in Vietnam in this guide first.

There are many national parks in Vietnam, but personally I don’t think it’s worth putting aside the time for Bu Gia Map and Chu Yang – you will be riding through so many beautiful areas (especially on the Ho Chi Minh Road) that you will see and be in plenty of excellent natural landscapes without detours to specific national parks. However, I would recommend checking out Back Ma if you have the time.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Bree http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191498 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:21:48 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191498 Thank you so much for the detailed routes! It helps soooo much. I’m hoping to do the big one and heading to Ninh Binh tomorrow but want to additionally include some of the many national parks along the way. For example, the ride from Ninh Bing to Dong Hoi or Hue is quite long. And I notice Pu Mat takes up quite a lot of space west of Vinh. Do you have any experience/info about this area? (other than the Kem Waterfall) Is driving that far west worth it?Everything I look up doesn’t really offer a lot of info. I also have camping stuff with me and would love to utilize it as I haven’t much in my trip yet. Is Bu Gia Map worth the ride out of the way? Have you been?

I can easily incorporate Bach Ma and Chu Yang into my trip but would love any extra info if you yourself have been there!
Thank you for this resource and for all your help!!!!!

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Jake http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191465 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:13:46 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191465 Awesome. Thanks Tom. I think I’ll do the entire classic route because it is too hard to resist. Once again thank you so much.

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-191458 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:40:35 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-191458 Hi Andy,

Yes, Google offline doesn’t work for my maps in Vietnam, but you can export my maps (export to KML option in the dialogue box at top right of my Google maps) to maps.me and follow them like that. I’m aware that this is an issue and am trying to create an app to address this, but that will take some time. For more about maps.me and other maps see this Map Guide.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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