The Vietnam Special
On an interlude from V8-powered travel, we took two cheap motorbikes on a 1,200 mile trip across Vietnam, from Hanoi to Saigon. Original? No. Memorable? Certainly.
Travel in Vietnam isn't about cars. It's the land of the motorbike. They're the standard form of mobility for the vast majority of the population. So, in the summer of 2013, when we arrived in South East Asia on the V8Nam Expedition and wanted to properly experience the country, there was only one option - buying bikes. Neither of our machines cost more than $300, and they showed it, breaking down repeatedly on our 1,200 mile, two week trip down the length of the country.
The journey didn't make bikers of us, but it was a memorable experience nonetheless - if you want to experience Vietnam in as authentic a manner as possible, we'd certainly recommend taking this approach.
Naturally, the full story of our two-wheeled odyssey across Vietnam is contained in the V8Nam book - The Road to the East. However as is traditional, to see some photos from the trip, all you have to do is scroll down.