Entering Vietnam from China – The Return to SE Asia!

Entering Vietnam from China – The Return to SE Asia!

Day 155: Dong Xing (China) to Đầm Hà

10 Feb 2019

I type this, thoroughly tired but extremely happy after a successful first day in Vietnam! It has been a brilliant day… let me tell you all about it…

Although the alarm was set for 0600 and we knew we needed to be up and have an early start to cross the border into Vietnam, we still didn’t manically rush. I enjoyed my first Vietnamese coffee (albeit a 3 in 1 instant sachet we bought from the amazing night market at the border last night!) sat up in bed, awakening my mind and preparing myself for the day ahead.

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Farewell China! Our last week in The Red Dragon

Farewell China! Our last week in The Red Dragon

Day 151: Nanning to Wild Camp near Datang

6 Feb 2019

Unwisely, we had a very late night last night: Adam video editing and me researching and blog writing. We also spoke to my Mum on video call for quite some time which was lovely. Rest days are also great opportunities to spend some quality time catching up with family online. I didn’t stop and try to get to sleep until 2am, Adam after 3am… Surprisingly, we were up and out of the hotel not toooooo late though. 1130 (ish) we cycled away from the hotel.

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Hosted by a Chinese Family during Spring Festival

Hosted by a Chinese Family during Spring Festival

Day 146: Qianjiangzhen to Binyang

1 Feb 2019

Another lazy morning in bed this morning (there’s a running theme here!) in our dingy hotel room in the equally dingy town. We would like to be in Nanning for Chinese New Year: the city is only two days away if we take the more direct route, but as New Year is five days away, we have plenty of time. It’s nice not to rush as we know that when we get into Vietnam we will have a tight schedule with only having 15 days (we have decided to go for the 15 days visa waiver, rather than the 30 day visa. We will likely get a 30 day visa when we re-enter Vietnam from Laos). So we may have further to cycle each day with potentially fewer rest days, so it’s nice to make the most of the slower pace for now.

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Cycling through the most beautiful karst landscapes in China

Cycling through the most beautiful karst landscapes in China

Day 141: Yizhou to Long River Wild Camp Spot

After another great nights sleep in a comfortable hotel, we were ready to leave the town of Yizhou. As we left the hotel, I was surprised to see it was only 0920 – that has to be some kind of record for us! Especially in China.

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Cycling through China – Guangxi Autonomous Region

Cycling through China – Guangxi Autonomous Region

Day 135: Hongshuihe to Tian’e 

We were unharmed whilst we camped outside the creepy, abandoned building. Thankfully, no zombies came to eat us whilst we slept. Earlier than normal, we began packing away and getting ready for the day at 0630. With the very last drops of petrol in our stove, I managed to make some porridge for breakfast; we made a mental note that we must get some more petrol today.

We were on the road for 0830, after spending some time fashioning Adam’s unruly hair into a ponytail! Sneaking out of the overgrown, forgotten car park and back onto the road, we cycled past the police hut but they didn’t even look up.

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Cycling through China – Guizhou Province

Cycling through China – Guizhou Province

Day 130: Xingyi to Anlong

Alarms were set for 0730, as we thought our normal body clocks might not wake us after a late night ‘laptoping’ in the hotel room. Coming round from our slumber, we realised it was absolutely chucking it down outside. As I lay in my warm, comfortable bed, I felt like asking Adam if we could just have another rest day and laze in bed, but I knew I’d regret it when I needed a rest day later down the line. With many, many kilometres to cover before we get to Hong Kong within our 30 day visa, ‘rest days’ are precious, and at this point, only 5 days in we needed to make some more distance before we could warrant a full day off (and we did have all afternoon off yesterday!). On a positive note, the rain was forecast to stop by 1000. Continue reading →

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Returning to the Road – Yunnan Province

Returning to the Road – Yunnan Province

Day 125: Kunming to Wild Camp near Kuangyuan

Day one back on the bikes after our almost three weeks rest and recovery in Kunming was a success! I handwrote this journal entry from the comfort of our tent, on a slightly less than flat wild camp spot on a small patch of shrubby land away from the road. After three weeks off the bikes, we were both full of enthusiasm on our first day back on the road, and thankfully our fitness had remained pretty much the same. Continue reading →

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Rest and Recovery in Kunming

Rest and Recovery in Kunming

If you haven’t read my previous post, ‘An Eventful First Week in China’, you may wonder why we (not we – I, Lucia) need ‘Rest and Recovery’ from our cycle tour. Unfortunately, I fell off my bike at high speed whilst cycling downhill on a highway, about 15km from the small town of Puwenzhen in Yunnan Province, China. My knee and wrist were in a bad way, so I needed to go to the hospital. Long story short – nothing was broken, but I was definitely not strong enough to cycle anytime soon. So we decided to get ourselves to the nearest big city, Kunming, where we could stay with an amazing Warmshowers Host whilst I got back on my feet. This post is about my recovery and our time in the wonderful city that is Kunming. 

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An Eventful First Week In China

An Eventful First Week In China

Time to catch up!

As a type this, we have actually been in China for over two weeks now! It was an eventful first week in China, a lot has happened and thus I just haven’t got ‘around tuit’ for writing my journal. So retrospectively, I will endeavour to fill you in on our Chinese escapades so far… Grab that cuppa… it’s another long one!

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Hello Laos! Country #4 – A week cycle touring from Thailand to the Chinese Border

Hello Laos! Country #4 – A week cycle touring from Thailand to the Chinese Border

Day 94: Huay Xai to Nangam (Wild camping spot)

We were feeling fresh and full of energy after our good night’s sleep in the Guesthouse we found last night just passed the border. After hearing such positive reviews from fellow cycle tourists, we were brimming with excitement to begin the next stage of our cycling adventure: pedalling through country number four – Laos.  Continue reading →

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