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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Friday, 27 November 2015

Vietnam Ride: Hanoi - Bac Ha

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind...” – Seneca

(Jalur Gemilang @ Parkson Hotel, Hanoi)

Day 02: Hanoi-Bac Ha
Date: Saturday, 21 November 2015
Distance: 300 km

It was raining very heavily early in the morning.

We had breakfast and waited for the rain to stop. It was still drizzling when we walked dripping wet to the Hanoi Easy Rider office, bringing our luggage for the riding trip with us.

(The start of the journey) 
(Riding in the busy morning traffic)
(Wet and slippery road)

Our rented bikes, 2 easy riders, a scooter and 2 trail bikes were ready for use. Before we started riding, we wrapped our luggage with water-proof clear plastic and secured them with rubber ropes. We rode out of Hanoi in the early traffic lead by Mr. Long, the tour leader, accompanied by his three assistants, Mr. Ha, Mr. Dung and Mr. Dennis.

(A short coffee break somewhere outside town)
(Riding on the trunk road @ 60km/h)
(A convoy of eight bikes)
(The bikes taking a rest)

It was drizzling in the morning and the road was wet and slippery. When the rain stopped, it was hot and humid. We rode towards Yen Bai about 150 km away and stopped for coffee break and photo opportunities at some nice view points before we stopped for lunch at a road-side restaurant before reaching Yen Bai town.

(The roads are mostly narrow but in good condition)
(Refueling and brief checks on the bikes) 
(Lunch stop, tasting local dishes)
(Tea stop at one of the look-out points)

We passed through small villages, paddy fields and corn farms and had to be wary of animals on the road. We stopped at a few more viewpoints then continued our journey to Bac Ha through the mountainous landscape.

(The change in terrain, from flat to mountainous)
(Climbing the steep slopes to Bac Ha)
(Stopping for a brief off-roading thrill)

It was already dark when we arrived at Hotel Thien Thanh in Bac Ha. After we checked-in, we walked to a nearby restaurant to have a late dinner. The shops were already closing when we went for a stroll around town.

(Getting ready for a late dinner in town)

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