Comments for Vietnam Coracle http://vietnamcoracle.com Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:36:34 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 Comment on The High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/the-high-roads-ha-giang-ba-be-lake-cao-bang/#comment-422781 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:36:34 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=23635#comment-422781 Hi Moritz,

Thanks for these updates on road conditions – it’s very useful to me and, I’m sure, to other riders.

It’s a shame about the bad road conditions south of Ba Be to Bang Lung, but I’m sure within a year or so it will be finished and then in good condition for riding.

Tom

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Comment on The High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang by Momo http://vietnamcoracle.com/the-high-roads-ha-giang-ba-be-lake-cao-bang/#comment-422779 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:17:24 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=23635#comment-422779 Hi!
We took DT254 two days ago from Ba Be Lake to the south, heading for Thai Nguyen. We were 2 people on 1 bike (Honda XR150 Enduro). The riding was fine on this bike, but would be adventurous on a scooter or road bike.

As you write, the road is particularly bad around the east and south shore of the lake. But once it leaves the lake, it is basically a 40km long construction site,. Apparently the tarmac gets renewed on the whole length of the road. Lots of trucks, dirtroad, potholes. Some sections are already finished, but then there’s a 15cm gap onto dirt again. I‘m sure this will be a great road once it’s ready – no idea how long this might take though.

After Bang Lung, we took the small road shortcut via Bang Cua which was surprisingly good (albeit narrow with some sand in the middle, watch out!).

The road then joins DT254/DT268 (Google and OSM aren’t clear on this) again until it reaches QL3C. The last part DT254 to QL3C is in good condition. Reaching the QL, the traffic gets denser and more intense.

It took us 2h30m to Cho Chu, and then 1h20m to Thai Nguyen.

Hope this helps. Thanks for all the information on this website!
M

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Comment on Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’ by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-dalat-the-back-way/#comment-422764 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 04:40:29 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=21157#comment-422764 Hi Ed,

Thanks for the update about the road conditions near Da Teh. That seems strange – it was in perfect condition not long ago, so I wonder why they’re doing works on it.

And, yes, I totally agree about the detour northwest on QL28 towards Ta Dung Lake – I’ve just written a guide to that route which will be published very soon here.

Thanks,

Tom

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Comment on La Nga River & Thac Ba Waterfall by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/la-nga-river-thac-ba-waterfall/#comment-422763 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 04:35:45 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=22338#comment-422763 Hi Ed,

Thanks for the update. It’s good to hear the development has finished and access is easier now. Glad to hear there’s less trash around, too.

Tom

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Comment on Desert, Sea, Sky: The Ninh Thuan Loop by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/desert-sea-sky-the-ninh-thuan-loop/#comment-422762 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 04:34:57 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=15279#comment-422762 Hi Ed,

Yes, I agree. It’s a superb stretch of coastline. I’m glad you enjoyed exploring the region.

Tom

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Comment on Sapa-Sin Ho Scenic Motorbike Loop by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/the-sapa-sin-ho-scenic-loop/#comment-422761 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 04:32:47 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=12227#comment-422761 Strange. I’m sure they’ll be back 🙂

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Comment on Sapa-Sin Ho Scenic Motorbike Loop by Young Lee http://vietnamcoracle.com/the-sapa-sin-ho-scenic-loop/#comment-422745 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:42:36 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=12227#comment-422745 Just went past the road north of Sin Ho today- no construction vehicles in sight at all, guess they gave up repairing it already…

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Comment on Desert, Sea, Sky: The Ninh Thuan Loop by Ed http://vietnamcoracle.com/desert-sea-sky-the-ninh-thuan-loop/#comment-422736 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:56:59 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=15279#comment-422736 The Cam Ranh to Ca Na section of my favorite ride in all South Vietnam. It reminds me the the Dalmatian coast and the mountain roads of Southern Serbia and Northern Montenegro. Some of the hidden beaches, accessible by nature roads and paths, are real gems.

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Comment on La Nga River & Thac Ba Waterfall by Ed http://vietnamcoracle.com/la-nga-river-thac-ba-waterfall/#comment-422735 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:52:16 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=22338#comment-422735 Thac Ba isn’t big but powerful, clean and pretty. The development James mentioned has been completed by now, so you can ride up to the falls on your own. The are friendly life guards on both sides of the falls, a block with toilets and showers, and they seem to collect the rubbish regularly. Though it was very peaceful on the weekday I visited, the restaurant and karaoke stage right next to the fall suggest that it isn’t a quiet weekend getaway any longer.

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Comment on Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’ by Ed http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-dalat-the-back-way/#comment-422734 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:37:33 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=21157#comment-422734 Hey Tom,
I’ve just done a sizable part of the blue route, from Phuong Lam to Loc Bao. It was a really scenic and enjoyable ride, thanks a lot for the itinerary… and all your other routes I’ve tried in the past two years.
I’m just writing to add two updates. First, there’s a massive road construction after Da Teh for about 5km, followed by incredibly bad road for another 5km. I guess it’ll be finished by mid 2020.
Second, some may think of a detour from Loc Bao to the Dong Nai 4 reservoir, or on to the Ho Chi Minh road. The route includes a section with truly stunning views around the lake. The connecting road, QL28, is in generally good condition, with the exception of the part around the lake, which is full of potholes and unpaved patches.

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