Vietnam stats


Hanoi, Sa Pa, Son La, Hue, and Hoi An.

Distance ridden – 1,856km

Big climbs – Road 32 up and out of the ‘Golden Valley’ after Nghia Lo; Sa Pa via the Deo Tram Ton Pass; Hai Van Quan Pass to Da Nang

Days riding – 18 (two half days)

Average daily distance – 103km

Longest day – 148km Ha Tinh to Phong Nha

Punctures – 0

Mechanicals – new saddle as tensioning pin sheared in Hanoi; broken fendor stay to mudguard on the way to Son La; chain jammed between chainring and bottom frame stay going to Phong Nha; sticky SPD pedals and shoe cleats from wet weather

Best place we’ve stayed – Airbnb family house in Hue

Pho – 07

Best Pho – Quang Tri

Other touring cyclists – 7 and 3 of them were Dutch

We’ve been in Vietnam for over a month. With much more climbing to cross the mountain ranges the riding statistics, although similar to Australia,  hide a difference. We’re fitter and can feel this when we’re pushing into coastal headwinds and can easilly keep going all day at our steady 20-22km/hr. We travel lighter without a tent, sleeping bags and stove, and with even less clothing than before. We find ourselves collecting books to read, which makes up some of the weight difference, from secondhand bookstores, as we now have space in our panniers. 

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