::: Vietnam Rain forest - Adventure ride

Discussion in 'Vietnam - Road Trip Reports' started by VietHorse, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    Yeah, as what you see on this topic title, my trip was done during raining season in South of Vietnam. Great experience to me, so far. :p
     
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  3. VietHorse

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    It is really my desired trip since I started thinking about adventure riding.
    We was planning for the trip within April, however, we seemed not quite like the sunny season, so that why the trip was took place in June, where the rain comes.
    Four bikers for the trip and two more joined us from the highland, just go, don't care where to stop in the day.

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  4. VietHorse

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    Gathered at our friendly cafe', friends came to see us off:
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    Really excited for the coming ride:
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    What point for a shiny BMW GS? Damn, dirty it!!
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    Got all the gears set. Tent, food, water, bike tool, torch light, and lots of miscellaneous things. I had added not less than 20kg to the saddle bags!
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    It was sunny until we done around 60km away from home:

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    Stopped for getting the rain coats on:

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  5. VietHorse

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    Stopped for lunch at a friend's house, about 130km raining from home:
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    Already got some dirt:

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    Really yammy food:

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  6. VietHorse

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    Friends informed us that the bridge on our planned way has been swept away because of flooding. Damn, that's how the rain started here.
    Gotta find our own way to get to the other side of the national park:

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    Nice adv road just out of the house, which leaded us to the amazing rain trip:

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    Really cool weather, small rain, that made the ride seemed more worth it:
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    Group photo again, in the rain:
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  7. VietHorse

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    It was raining more and more, the sky came darker quite fast. Took and other rest on a bridge:

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    This guy looked confident as he was wearing waterproof suit:
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    My loaded GS:

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  8. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    This is looking good - heavily laddened big bikes heading potentially off-road in the rainy season in Vietnam!
    I noticed you all studying a map in one of your photos - can you post, as its INVALUABLE information for those of us from outside Vietnam & wishing to ride in your beautiful country, details of the booklet that you are using for your travels. (Maybe you could also post a map of your overall ride.....unfortuantely some of us following your adventures cant read Vietnamese, man, we miss so much along the road as a result!)
     
  9. VietHorse

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    Thanks Rod.
    For sure I will show the map, well, the tracklog of the trip, as I usually do for any of my RR.
     
  10. VietHorse

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    Kept on riding, we almost forgot that the night has came. Distribute some dry food to all members, then we rode in the night.

    Everyone was still excited about the ride, so none of us think of the destination that night. Just ride, continuously...
    Reached a cross, the signboar says there are 40km more to the Bu Gia Map national park.
    Stopped for rest and decided to station in the next 40km for the night:

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    If you are US veteran from VN, you may know the place called Bom Bo. Well, it's a village name, and it was legend of Vietnam highland village during the last war. It was also 40km to reach Bom Bo village.

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  11. VietHorse

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    It rained for the whole 40km to Bu Gia Map.
    We stopped at a cafe' in the village. I talked to the owner and he allowed us to use his cafe' floor for erect our tent.
    Half an hour later, a friend of friend came and advised us not to stay there. He showed us a small Guesthouse nearby with cheap price and safer for us.

    Well, it's here, $7.5 each room, aircon, hot water, secured bike park...:

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    The guesthouse owner was so friendly. He gave us his kitchen to cook. He also gave us some local fruit.
    We learned a lot about this area, as well as the stories about the route we are going to take in the next day.
    One of the most impressive story that there were four accidents had been happened just last week, since the rain season started. That's because of lightning. People just died suddenly when traveling to work or to school.

    It rained all night long.

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    Small market in the village:

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    A buddy bought a pair of sandals. The other tried to be the seller. [​IMG]:

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    Where in the world you can find this kind of transportation means? It's durable, reliable, and bloody cheap!

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    We invited Guesthouse owner for a breakfast outside. He invited us a really nice coffee session.
    Time for all paperwork endorsement for the access of Bu Gia Map national park:

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    See the great adventure road just 1km away from the Guesthouse:
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  12. VietHorse

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    We reached first Check point of the Frontier soldiers:

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    Lots of information about the park, rule and regulation here:

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    That's where we were heading to:

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    Access granted:
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  13. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    The road after the first check point - it's a concrete road, narrow, no traffic:

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    Looked like we were going to the wild place:

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    See how the road:
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    A small bridge over the stream:
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  14. rob7711

    rob7711 Ol'Timer

    This looks like a very enticing ride. Nice pics and keep it coming. Hope to visit one day. Cheers!
     
  15. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    Thanks. You can find lot of fun here!

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    The road after the first check point - it's a concrete road, narrow, no traffic:

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    Looked like we were going to the wild place:

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    See how the road:
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    A small bridge over the stream:
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  16. VietHorse

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    My buddies:
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    You can see the stickers on my saddle bag. That's how we show our ownership to our sea, our islands; against Chinese's Govt. invasion.

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    Deeper and deeper into the forest:
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    An open view where we saw some fields:
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    And houses:
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    The road sign says it's the patrol road, not a public one:

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  17. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

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    people here grow many dogs to protect their crops and animals:
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    Xanh gì mà xanh thế!!!
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  18. VietHorse

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    2nd check point:
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    Extreme security - the sign board said:

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    After this gate, there would be another section of higher security level:
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    We came down for paper work:
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  19. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    Obtaining the pass thru permission was not easy as we though. Time consuming:
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    Take a nap at middle of nowhere:
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    And finally - access granted:
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    One by one passed the gate...
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  20. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    This is truly military road, no traffic, no sign of people...
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    It was good weather then, no rain here:
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    Stopped for water. Lots of insects flying all around:
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    Military bridge:

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    Kept on riding:
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    The road was wetter and wetter...
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    Slippery road:
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  21. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    Now just pix:

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  22. VietHorse

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    Now it's serious. Cambodia is just the other side of the sign board [​IMG]:

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  23. VietHorse

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    Almost reach the 3rd check point:

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    Yeah, it is:

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    We was called back for checking:

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    Rain poured almost the rest of the ride that day...
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  24. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Nice pics and report VietHorse.

    Looking forward to the rest.

    Cheers
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  25. VietHorse

    VietHorse Ol'Timer

    Thanks Brian. Coming soon...

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    Riding in the rain for some hours, then we came to the highland called Dakmil. Met two friends of ours there:

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    Discussed about the next route:

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    Big thank to this little guy, who have ridden almost 300km semi-offroad to see us here:
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  26. Rod Page

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    And getting the 'paperwork' completed for foreigners? Is it comparatively easy (or impossible)?
    Recalling that Duong MCM Tay is in great parts closed to locals not foreigners (!) - its interesting for adventurers from afar to know what may lie ahead. Are the restrictions in place due to the military nature of the area or due to 'other issues' - eg illegal logging, or whatever?
    The name of the book of maps you were studying in preparing your trip?
     

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