Fresh off our motorbiking week, Lou and I were able to discover the ancient city of Hoi An, located on Vietnam’s east coast about halfway between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.
Following a random meeting and subsequent lunch, Lou and I had agreed to take a one-week motorbike excursion through the mountains and jungles of Vietnam to create our own top gear special.
I don’t necessarily believe in fate. After a week’s road trip, top gear style, through some of the remote parts of Vietnam, I might have to!
In my first post on Vietnam, at our arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, I explained that my justification for visiting this country was entirely based on a 1-hour BBC entertainment show produced eight years prior to our visit – Top Gear. The show’s presenters, Clarkson, Hammond, and May, made the trip through Vietnam on scooters, much to my delight. Aside from the comedy of three middle-aged men, in loud coloured suits, on scooters trying to traverse the roads of Vietnam I was moved by the scenery of this country and the thought of a road trip in, what was, such a remote location. I even made Lou watch the Top Gear special so she could appreciate the very British combination of banter and road trips.
Originally we had intended to take the train from Ho Chi Minh city out to Nha Trang, on the east coast of Vietnam with the journey taking about 6 hours. However, with the flights being $40USD (and cheaper than the train) it made sense to do the 40 minute flight. I’d barely tightened my seatbelt and we were landing.