Travelling this country atop a saddle takes you places you’d otherwise never venture. Here are personal accounts of cycle rides both in and out of the big cities. Words and photos compiled by Nick Ross
Owen Salisbury makes a pit stop off the Hanoi Highway, to discover a city whose charms fly beneath the radar
Take the Saigon River, put a villa on its edge and then transform it into a boutique hotel. It’s a concept that’s worked elsewhere, but only now has it come to Vietnam.
Alex is in his Hyundai jeep and he’s driving us to the Vert garment factory he runs in Bac Giang. We’re there to see the process of going from clothing design to final packaged product, a full process that is rarely carried out in the garment industry in Vietnam. Most of the work is CMT — cutting the fabric, making the garment, adding the trim. It’s a time consuming activity, but when you take the final retail price of the garment, in Vietnam only 10 to 20 percent of that value is going to the process of actually making the clothing. The rest goes to the middleman.
The research for this trip was simple: search for Tam Coc in the Google Maps searchbar and look around the area to discover what else there was to see.
It’s sunrise. The waves are riding high and the sky is cloudy — it’s about to rain. I got there early to see the fishing boats come in with their fresh catch. Like dots on the horizon, they bobbed on the tempestuous ocean making their way back after a hard night’s work.
Just 30km from Hanoi sits one of Vietnam’s most revered and architecturally magnificent pagodas. Words and photos by Nick Ross