Riding the Ho Chi Minh Highway / Hoi An to Nha Trang / July 2005
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We left the coastal town of Hoi An on July 20th and rode into Vietnam's Central Highlands, a four day journey to Nha Trang on the Ho Chi Minh Highway.

Riding the Ho Chi Minh Highway, which was completed in 2002, is touted as a ride on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, although the actual trail lies predominantly within the borders of Laos and Cambodia and has now been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Nonetheless, a trip along the highway is a historical ride, with many reminders of the American War. Despite what people say, Vietnam still suffers from the war.

In total, we rode approximately 800 km in some of Vietnam's most remote areas, places closed off to foreigners until 1992 and then again for periods of time in 2001 and 2004. We only saw a handful of other Westerners the entire way, making the Ho Chi Minh Highway the perfect escape from the tourist trail.

© 2005, Cheryn Flanagan