I may take this back this back at some point… but Vietnam is not as terrifying as what I thought it would be. After watching Top Gear in Vietnam I was a little skeptic about the trip. Of course the roads here are absolutely wild, but I can honestly say that they are no where near as bad as the ones in Bali. The driving is a lot slower and much less aggressive.
We spent four days in Ho Chi Minh which was a bit longer than we wanted to but that's what happens when you accidentally buy three bikes. Yes, three bikes you read that correctly. Two people and three bikes. The first bike we bought was a Honda Win which is actually not a Honda Win but a pretty good Chinese copy. This bike we are happy with.
After getting the Win serviced, this was the spark plug that the bike was RUNNING on. I have no idea how and couldn't believe it when the mechanic gave it to us. Just goes to show you should always keep your vehicles maintained. Epically if you are about to travel over 1000km on them.
The second bike was a Honda Wave. This is the bike we ended up getting rid of because after buying, we began to notice a few issues. We should of known after the guy started telling us not to run over any fish bones to avoid getting a puncture. We sold it to a bike mechanic and instead bought a legit Yamaha Taurus. After riding the bag of nails that was the Honda Wave, riding the Taurus was like floating on a cloud.
The food places in Ho Chi Minh are amazing. I am a bit of a Trip Advisor addict so for most of our meals, we were hunting down hidden gems on the bikes. This was is the Welcome to Vietnam platter which Mitch and I shared at The Royal Saigon restaurant. I would highly recommend this place, we ate here twice and loved it. The peanut sauce I could of happily eaten by the spoonful.
This is what I received after ordering what I thought was a regular coffee. I really should stop mumbling because the lady thought I said monster not regular. I was definitely awake after drinking this! The apple pie was incredible, I think I could of easily eaten the whole pie to myself if given the chance.
Although not all food I enjoyed. We visited one cafe and I couldn't resist the beautiful chocolate cake at the counter.
Whilst half way through enjoying my chocolate treat I found a hard boiled yolk in the middle. AN EGG YOLK. It was not a pleasant surprise at all. Apparently these cakes are very popular. In future I think I will stick to plain, boring caramel or melted chocolate centres.
Overall I enjoyed Ho Chi Minh but I was pretty happy to be leaving. The busy city gets too hectic after a couple of days and I was keen to begin our road trip. After working on a farm away from everything in the peace and quiet, it's still a shock to be around more than three people at time. Ho Chi Minh is absolutely huge and it takes so long to get to the countryside.
It took us four and a half hours to drive to Đồng Nai. With a numb bum and a bit of a headache from the fumes, we were relieved to finally stop for the day at this beautiful place.
We didn't research too much into where we were going to stay so to end up here was brilliant. All we had was a name and google maps to take us there. Google maps is a bit hit and miss in Vietnam. For example when we bought the Taurus, we literally drove into someone's house which google had listed as the dealership. They weren't surprised or bothered by the intrusion at all so I guess it happens a lot to them.
We met a great group of people at the Bamboo Lodge who were travelling on a simialr trip. We also met this little girl. She was about the same size of a hamster. It took a lot of restraint not to put her in my pocket when we left.
Our next drive would be to Dalat which was another five and a half hours of riding.