We crossed the border to Vietnam without any problems. We were a little worried about this since we didn’t have any international licence, insurance or ownership in our own names (it’s technically illegal to own a bike so you must have the ownership papers registered to a Vietnamese person), but the officer barely looked at them. We crossed at the southern-most Cambodia/Vietnam border crossing, Ha Tien.
The first major city we went to was Can Tho. The ‘quintessential tourist experience’ here is a riverboat tour of the Mekong Delta to see the floating markets. The Mekong Delta is a maze of small and big rivers all connecting to the large Mekong river. So we signed up for an 7 hour tour (ya it was a bit long!) that started at 5:30am and ended around noon. Besides the floating markets, one of the coolest things on this tour was a rice noodle factory where we learned how they make rice noodles from start to finish.
We went to Saigon (also called Ho Chi Minh city) and spent a few days visiting the War Remnants Museum, the Cu Chi Tunnels and trying to navigate the notoriously bad traffic.
After several days in Saigon we made our way to Mui Ne, a beachtown on the coast. We had to take hwy 1 which we were advised to avoid and now we know why! When stopped for coffee the locals looked at us like we were crazy and couldn’t believe it when we said we were biking ourselves. Some of them said they wouldn’t even bike on this hwy! But after a long day we finally made it and took some time for a little relaxation on the beach. Besides being EXTREMELY touristy, Mui Ne had some spectacular places to visit that more than made up for it!
The next day we reluctantly left Mui Ne on an epic, exhausting, beautiful four day 1000km ride to our next destination, Hoi An …