Saigon | Ho Chi Minh City

6-Jan-13 thru 10-Jan-13

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Ben Thanh markets.

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My bike was boxed (for the flight home) by http://www.martin107.com.vn/home for VND 60,000 (USD 3).

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The sphere inside the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh, symbolising the Divine Eye overseeing the universe.

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Nuns at the Cao Dai temple.

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My Tho – Saigon

5-Jan-13 | Map
Distance: 73.6 km
Riding time: 3:52
Average speed: 19.0 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1502.1 km
Terrain: Flat (total ascent 83 m)
Road condition: Sealed, good condition

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On the road (QL 1) to Ho Chi Minh City.

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The final run into HCMC tracked alongside canals – Lo Gom, Tau Hu and Ben Nghe (which runs into the Saigon River) – on a path separated from the road (Vo Van Kiet).

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End of journey. Saigon Central Post Office.

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Mixing it with work-day traffic between the Post Office and the Pham Ngu Lao area in District 1 (where I stayed).

Video of downtown Saigon intersection early in the afternoon rush hour (YouTube 4:10).

Guesthouse: An An 1 Hotel (USD 40 p.n.)

Can Tho – My Tho

4-Jan-13 | Map
Distance: 109 km
Riding time: 5:37
Average speed: 19.3 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1428.5 km
Terrain: Flat, except for two short 4-6% grades up to the tops of the two bridges over the Mekong River (total ascent 179 m)
Road condition: Sealed, good condition

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Can Tho Bridge.

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Tea and a pork roll for breakfast at this roadside cafe.

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My Thuan Bridge near Vinh Long.

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The Mekong River, from My Thuan Bridge.

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Getting closer.

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Groupies.

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End of day. Rach Mieu Bridge over the Mekong, at My Tho.

Guesthouse: Song Tien Hotel, 101 Trung Trac, Ward 1, My Tho (USD 25 p.n.)

Can Tho

1-Jan-13 thru 3-Jan-13

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The markets on Hai Ba Trung, just along from the Ninh Kieu Pier Tourist Market.

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Early evening on the Hau River.

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The new (opened 2010) Can Tho Bridge, from the Cai Rang foreshore.

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The ferry on the right links the two shores.

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Trade at the Cai Rang floating markets.

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Early morning river traffic on its way to the floating markets.

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Buildings in the Can Tho wharf precinct.