There wasn’t much to like about Pho Chau, so I hit the road early, without stopping for breakfast or coffee. I had a long ride of 250 km ahead of me, which would take me into the North of Vietnam.

I was still on the Ho Chi Minh Highway, but I had left the most scenic parts behind me. While this ride paled in comparison to what I saw a few days ago, there is always something interesting to see in Vietnam, as long as you keep your eyes open.

It was a long, eight hour, but uneventful ride to the town of Cam Thuy. I arrived around 3. It’s another really small town, but it’s not terrible like Pho Chau. This town is set on a scenic river, and has some cafes to relax out in.

And it’s cold. I have entered the North of Vietnam, which, unlike the South, has a winter.

Hanoi was now within a day’s ride. But I decided to stay in town for another day to visit the nearby Ho Citadel ruins.

The road went through flat field, but mountains still loomed.
The road went through flat field, but mountains still loomed.
Farmers worked in their fields.
Farmers worked in their fields.
Traffic increased.
Traffic increased.
Unlike in the South, fields are small here.
Unlike in the South, fields are small here.
Farmers do not use modern equipment here.
Farmers do not use modern equipment here.
Dark clouds over dark fields.
Dark clouds over dark fields.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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