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Old 05-01-12, 11:30 PM   #1
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recommendations - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Hey everybody,

I'm finishing up my contract in Korea and am starting to consider my next move. Last year I toured from Sault Ste-Marie, Canada, to New Orleans and I'm thinking of having a crack at south east asia. So, as the title says, I'm thinking of doing Vietnam.

My question is - what do you recommend: going from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh or the other way around? I'm mostly curious to know if one direction has an easier path (less uphill/winds/etc). My intention is to follow,as much as possible, the beach front as I believe it will be flatter/ish. Unless of course that proves to be a bad idea.

If you've done this route or know about it (or people), you're input would be appreciated!

Nicolas
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i have done this route. it is not fun. it's mostly flatterish (except for a short climb north of
danang, i believe), but the traffic is horrendous, and the horns!!! anything bigger than a vw
beetle seems to have an airhorn, and they ain't shy about using them. you can do highway 1
and survive, but it won't be enjoyable. inland is preferred if you tour hanoi-saigon.
crazyguyonabike has plenty of write-ups.

much more funner for cycling would be cambodia or laos....maybe thailand.
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This page has 6 links to information about bike touring in Vietnam. Some are general information sites and others provide specific information about Hanoi to HCM city.

If you decide to take saddlesores advice, here are 5 links to information about bike touring in Cambodia and 8 links to information about bike touring in Thailand.
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Saddlesores,

yes, that makes sense. I didn't consider another culture's willingness/zeal to use their horn. I can't imagine doing that for a long time. The advice is much appreciate.

Raybo,

thank you, too, for the links. These will prove to be very useful. I did, I must say, make a search but I didn't do too hot.

Again, thanks for the help.
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