Unlike riding a water buffalo, riding a motorcycle is definitely an activity I’ve had on my bucket list for a while. Now, I don’t have any desire to own one but since Vietnam is home to over 40 million motorcycles, this felt like the perfect place to try it out.
I was met in Hue, the former Imperial capital, with the first rough patch of weather so far this trip – truly a miracle considering it’s the rainy season. But, the wet skies did nothing to deter me from jumping on the back of a motorbike with my lovely driver Nee. He took me to see many sights that would have taken hours to see on my own, including another covered bridge, the imperial tombs, and the seven tiered Thien Mu pagoda.
By the end of my three hour adventure, I had a new trip highlight. There really is no better way to get an authentic experience in Vietnam. Exhilarating, cooler (both in aesthetics and temperature), and convenient – the motorcycle is my new preferred way of city travel. The bike was even able to scale a mountain path to get me a view of the Perfume river… what’s not to love?
It’s time to get back in the saddle again! Or perhaps more appropriately, the back pack straps! I am a mere 3 days away from my inaugural trip to Southeast Asia (aka backpacker paradise!) and my first solo trip. I am both excited and nervous about spending two weeks in my own company, but I’m trusting Adventurous Kate’s promise that solo travellers are never alone!
Some of you may be curious about my travel itinerary for this trip so I thought I would include a brief synopsis of my plans.
June 21-22:Vancouver, Canada to Guangzhou, China (next day arrival and overnight)
June 23: Guangzhou, China to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
June 24: Ho Chi Minh City
June 25-26: Nha Trang
June 27-28: Hoi An
June 29-30: Hue
July 1: Halong Bay / Bai Chay
July 2-3: Hanoi
July 4: Hanoi, Vietnam to Vancouver, BC (via Guangzhou, China)
I have some idea of what I want to do in these cities but I’m mostly looking forward to seeing what each day brings. That being said, these are the activities I am most looking forward to:
- The infamous Nha Trang Boat Trip (aka booze cruise). Apparently, it’s the most fun you’ll have in Southeast Asia!
- Getting custom-made clothing in Hoi An.
- Touring the caves and waters of Halong Bay.
- Eating as much PHO (pronounced fa) as possible… and learning the basics of Vietnamese cuisine.
I am hoping to post updates as I travel but that will mostly depend on my Internet access. Get ready for more fun updates to come!