|We approach Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, from the south, seeking the lesser traveled routes. Here our little road crosses a river in the delta by ferry. Motorbikes know this route too.|
|Langsat, mangoes, watermelons, dragonfruit...fruit has been abundant in our last three months of Southeast Asia. We've read that it is quite expensive to buy fresh fruit in Japan so we are making sure to enjoy the fruit before we leave!|
|Hanoi is busy with motorbikes and color.|
Today marks success. We did it. We made it. Bangkok, Thailand to Hanoi, Vietnam. Almost four months cycling though the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam (southern), Laos, and Vietnam in the north. Though grouped in the same area of the world. We will remember the distinct differences of each. The chaos on the roads of Cambodia and the silly pajama/slipper daily wear fashion. The plastic garbage throughout. The horrendous fake-swallow amplified chirping houses of southern Vietnam, the loud streets and traffic of Northern Vietnam. The Karaoke. The peacefulness and simplicity of Laos. The climbs and cabbabe. The kindness throughout. Southeast Asia had been an adventure.
We sit at the airport, ready to fly to Japan, our final "foreign" country to cycle (on this trip!) No more guest houses...way to expensive. We'll be camping. Will we be eating out at all? We'll figure it out. We arrive in Fukuoka, Japan tomorrow at 10:00 am. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!