Comments for Vietnam Coracle http://vietnamcoracle.com Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:07:56 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 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-205688 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:07:56 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-205688 Hi Rachel,

Yes, the Classic or the Easy Rider should be OK.

But, with your time-frame and little experience, perhaps it’s best to send (or pick up) your bikes somewhere along the route – that way you won’t have to cover so much distance. Also it depends what time of year you are travelling?

Yes, it’s probably 4 hours RIDING time, but that doesn’t include stops for anything – food, photos, gas etc.

Tom

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Rachel http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-205643 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:35:06 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-205643 You think the Classic would be easier to do in that time frame than, say, the easy rider? I figured that 40kmph would be about the average travel speed from reading some of the stuff here and watching some videos, so that would mean that we’d have to ride for about 3.25 hours a day on average, which is perfectly fine, I’m just worried that we *may* end up cutting it close if we end up making extra stops or shit happens, you know? 22 days is the absolute max that he could be there and since there are a few things more touristy things that we want to do, such as Ha Long Bay, and we are both inexperienced when it comes to traveling internationally and motorbiking… I just want to make sure that we get to see as much as we can and still have time to relax a bit and not have to worry about time too 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-205629 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:17:05 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-205629 Hi Rachel,

Yes, 22 days is just about enough time to ride Saigon to Hanoi. It’s probably best to follow the Classic route with your time frame. And it’s best to do Halong Bay as a day/night trip from Hanoi, rather than riding there.

You can make a rough estimate of time etc by working out the average distance per day based on the total distance of the Classic route. For example, the Classic route is 2,770km, so that’s an average of 130km a day over 3 weeks, which is a nice pace to keep up. But of course if you stay anywhere for more than one night you will need to make up the distance the next day. In general, on the roads in Vietnam your average speed will be only around 40km an hour, not including any stops.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Rachel http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-205592 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:57:41 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-205592 Hey! I was recommended your site after posting on Reddit about motorbiking in Vietnam. My husband and I are going next year. He’s going to be there for about 20-22 days and I’ll be there for at least a couple of weeks longer. The initial plan was to do the motorbiking after he left but as I’ve been looking at it more and more, there’s so much that we want to do and see in both the south and north that will require traveling quite a bit anyway… So, I’m wondering, in your opinion, is Saigon to Hanoi possible within 22 days with several stops in between for things like Ha Long Bay, a night or two in Saigon, and maybe a couple of nights on one of the Islands? Along with obvious stops in between to enjoy the scenery and do some other random shit? Which route would you recommend?

Either way, when he leaves, I plan on motorbiking around northern Vietnam and your site has been a huge help with putting that portion of the trip together.

Thanks,
Rachel.

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Comment on Thank you! by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/thank-you/#comment-205589 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:37:15 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?page_id=15843#comment-205589 Hi Zane,

It depends on how much you want to ride. I would either send your bike on the train to Nha Trang and ride back down to Saigon on the Coast Road, or send your bike to Phan Thiet and ride back down to Saigon on the Ocean Road.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Thank you! by Zane Mills http://vietnamcoracle.com/thank-you/#comment-205587 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:47:44 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?page_id=15843#comment-205587 Hi Tom

Thinking about getting out of Ho Chi Minh, and ride my motor bike one way back down the coast to Ho Chi Minh. over 3 or 4 days.

Whats the best way to get to somewhere (Train or whatever) and then enjoy a one way trip down the coast, I just thinking about saving time as I only have 4 or 5 days.

Love the Vietnam Coracle and has inspired me to do more.

Thanks Mate
Zane

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Comment on My GIVI Bike Box by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/my-givi-bike-box/#comment-205465 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:21:44 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=18144#comment-205465 Hi Craig,

Thanks, glad you like the site.

I don’t use anything to record my routes – I just remember exactly which roads I’ve taken and then map the routes myself. But if you don’t want to use your phone (there are lots of apps for tracking your routes, I think) you can buy something like Tripy to track it instead.

Tom

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Comment on My GIVI Bike Box by CV05 http://vietnamcoracle.com/my-givi-bike-box/#comment-205458 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:53:29 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=18144#comment-205458 Hi Tom,

Great site mate, so much valuable info.

What device do you use to record your routes/tracks? I’m not that keen on using my phone and it seems near impossible finding a simple gps device that records routes easily.

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Comment on Pongour Waterfall by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/pongour-waterfall/#comment-205457 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:15:28 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=10340#comment-205457 Hi Debbie,

Last time I went, the road to Pongour Falls was in good condition – but remember that to get there from Dalat requires you to travel on Highway QL20 which can be busy.

Personally, I don’t recommend taking the roller coaster at Datanla, but there are lifts and slower ‘rides’ you can take.

Tom

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Comment on Pongour Waterfall by Debbie http://vietnamcoracle.com/pongour-waterfall/#comment-205454 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:54:40 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=10340#comment-205454 Hi Tom!
Is the road to the Pongour falls challenging?
My parents who are on their 60’s are coming with me and I’m wondering if they will be able to make it.
Moreover, are you familiar with the roaler coaster ride in Datanla? Do you think it would be scary for them?

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