Yesterday our visas were up in Cambodia so we had to head back to Vietnam. We decided to make the motorbike trip in one day, so we woke up early and got on the road by 8AM. We took a different road out this time so it was nice and paved (unlike the bumpy, dirt road we took in). Our ride was going good and we were making good time when we got to the ferry.
Most ferries that we have taken have been fairly quick and well organized. This one…. not so much. There are people everywhere selling things, kids walking around begging, blind people walking through the mess of bikes, I mean it is NUTS. I hop off the bike and purchase 2 “moto” tickets for the ferry ($.25) and hop back on to wait in line (I say line but it was more like a cluster). I bet there was probably 250 bikes in front of me coming in at all angles, one right behind the other with barley any room to breathe.
At one point in time Blake and I got a bit separated. It is almost impossible to follow someone here. After about 45 minute of waiting, it was our turn. You have to start up your bike and ride as fast as you can down to the ramp. We were two of the last people on the ferry. As soon as the last bike hits the ramp, the ferry is off.
The ride was only about 10 minutes so it was not bad. A lot of the ladies that are selling things hop onto the ferry and try and sell you cooked birds, quail eggs, drinks and anything else you can think of. Blake and I were the only Westerners on the ferry so we were the main target.
Once we got off the ferry, we continued on towards the border. It was starting to get pretty hot and it was getting close to lunch so we pulled over under a tree to eat the little bit of ham we had brought with us and grab some water.
Once we rested for a bit, we got back on the road. My bike (Honda Chaly) is not made for long road trips, so after about 4 or 5 hours in the hot sun it began to overheat. We were having to stop every 30-45 minutes and let it cool down. We were so close to the border but it was taking forever.
Finally we reached the border and got checked out of Cambodia and into Vietnam. We thought we would be at the border by 11AM but when we finally crossed it was about 1PM! Once we were across, we had another 50km until Ho Chi Minh. I was so excited to get off the bike and back to the city!
The road right after the border check point into Vietnam!
At about 2:30PM we got to HCMC and now just had to navigate to the hotel. Long story short, it took us 3 hours to get to the hotel. There was so much traffic, I ran out of gas, the gas station would not take US Dollars (that is all we had), we were hungry, thirsty, dirty and tired. I about had a meltdown! We finally found somewhere to change the money and were able to get some gas and get back on the road.
Around 5:30 we finally see the Bizu Hotel! We park the bikes and walk up to check in…… WRONG HOTEL! There are two Bizu’s in the city and we happened to go to the wrong one. Thank goodness the other was just down the street so we jumped back on the bikes (at this point I did not want to see the bike again… for a LONG LONG time) and rode the short mile over to the correct hotel.
We check in with ease and the first thing I do is get in the shower. It felt so good to cool off and clean up! We were starving so we walked over to Zoom Cafe (we found it on TripAdvisor) to grab dinner. The food was awesome! I got Cashew Chicken and Blake got Chicken Fajitas! We scarfed it down and went to the hotel to crash. I wanted to go to sleep early because the next day (which is today) is CHEAT DAY on our 4 hour body diet!