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Mar 5, 2018 - Back to Vietnam

I seem to have a multitude of photos for this day so I shall largely let them speak for themselves. A glorious day’s drive through rural Laos with many people to see. The large group of ladies were farming the plant that we think might be hemp. Can anyone advise? It is laid out to dry along the road and shaken to remove the seeds. It is then either made into brushes or exported to Vietnam or China where it is used in the manufacture of roof coverings - a baig business round here. The border crossing was totally painless as our agents on...

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May 1, 2012 - Vietnam- Day 31 - Dien Bien,Exit Border of Vietnam

Our journey back into the town of Sapa from the Tan Ven village began just after 7am. We said our farewells to both David and Melanie, they have touched our hearts and souls with their friendship and kindness. We hope to see them again in the near future, it's never good-bye - it's "until we meet again". We passed through several more villages and tribes people on our way back via motorcycle, stopping here and there to take photos. Our time here in Sapa was quick and we don't feel like moving on, unfortunately we have no choice, our Vietnam...

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Jul 10, 2011 - Vietnam!! Dien Bien Phu

4am start today to head through the mountains to Vietnam. Wow, the scenery was the mot breathtaking we have seen so far! As it was early morning once we were up in the mountains we could see the mist sitting inthe valleys as the sun rose. Around every bend was another spectacular view. The road was high, very very high, and very bendy also. We were in a small bus though so felt very safe. Until we got to the Loas exit border that it! When we left the immigration office we came to a hill. It looked just like a sandy hillside. We were not...

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May 24, 2010 - Dien Bien Phu

Jour 21 Nous prenons un 4X4 de Sapa direction Dien Bien Phu sur les conseils de Pinocchio. Nous arrivons le soir après une journée sur les petites routes de montagnes toujours aussi pointillées!! Nous sommes bien heureux de ne pas avoir eut à le faire en bus avec tout ceux qui sont très vites malade. (et moi la première!) La chance a bien fait les choses une fois de plus. Nous avons passé la journée assis et lorsque nous demandons notre route à des joueurs de badminton, l'envie nous démange de nous dégourdir un peu. C'est avec grand plaisir...

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May 22, 2008 - The Motorcycle Diaries

We've been cheating on you. Although I've had many a chance to let you in on our doings, we didn't want you to worry. Afterall, Vietnam is the most dangerous country in the world talking traffic: 4000 accidents happen every day. Click, and take a wild guess at how we've been spending the last week.

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Nov 10, 2006 - Day 7 - Dien Bien Phu to Lai Chau

A cool morning ride in the fog took us to Muong Lay, a small town where we had a big lunch in a family restaurant. We hoped to stay there for the night but couldn't find any accomodation so another hill climb it would have to be. While sweating our guts out, we passed a 'H'mong' village where a rainbow of colorful clothing hung to dry on the bushes that lined the road. The women wear black pleated skirts, jackets and leg coverings, all trimmed with bright colors. They looked so beautiful! I am sure that they tire of having people stop and...

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Mar 24, 2006 - Dien Bien Phu (03/03/06)

Route en chantier sur plusieurs kilomètres et donc un peu de tout-terrain entre Son La et Dien Bien Phu. Ensuite, route beaucoup plus étroite jusqu'à Dien Bien, l'axe Hanoi-Dien Bien étant en cours de modernisation, ce qui explique d'ailleurs pourquoi la route était si belle jusque-là... Comme tous les Français l'ont appris à l'école, du moins pour les plus jeunes (ou plutôt pour les moins vieux), la bataille de Dien Bien Phu (fin: 7 mai 1954), remportée par le Viet Minh sur l'armée française (corps expéditionnaire d'Extrême-Orient), a...

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Nov 29, 2005 - Axel on speed in a boat!

Sometimes, you just don't have a choice. Sometimes, there is no alternative. Sometimes, you just have to do something, you know, is wrong. Something, you know, that can kill you. Something, you never wanted or intended to do. Something, you later dearly regret. Something, that is just plain, big fun! I took a Speedboat. I had to take it. There was no Slowboat. I will never take it again. And I will never forget the awsome thrill, that rushed down my spine while shooting down a river at 80km/h. A river with rapids. A river with trees and...

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Axel in Asia

Sep 25, 2005 - Muang Ngoi, Laos

Muang Ngoi was weird. I had this plan to go upriver to Northern Laos because I had heard the scenery was spectacular...karst-lined Ou river, small villages rarely visited by Westerners, etc. Another example of Julia romanticizing Southeast Asia for herself. The good thing was that on the boat ride from Luang Prabang I met up with a couple & their sister who were all from Seattle...so these were my first actual Americans encountered on this trip- other than the nasty OC girl I saw in Vietnam...but she doesn't count- Orange County is like...

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