Everything has gone as planned so far. I arrived in Hanoi, took a taxi to my hotel (The Golden Sun Suites Hotel) and settled in. The hotel was well situated in old Hanoi and nice but probably expensive ($50.US per night) by Vietnam standards. The next day put my bike together and found the front panier carrier was broken. The bolt was broken right at the brazon on one side and the other side was badly bent and when I tried to straighten it, it broke off. So armed with a map I hopped on the bike in search of a bike shop.
I never did find a bike shop but eventually a motorcycle shop managed to get the broken bolt out which was the main concern. He gave me directions to a welding shop who welded the broken side back together. All of the repairs cost next to nothing and now I am good to go. The whole process of getting my bike fixed took me through all parts of the city.
Although this is my forth trip to Southeast Asia by bicycle, it is my first time in Vietnam. The number of motor bikes on the road is huge. Riding a bike here is exciting. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with anxiety or nervous disorders. The key is to get in the middle, keep moving and don't look back.
I spent the next couple of days sight seeing. On day three I rode to the train station and caught the night train to Hoe Chi Min City. Well actually it is a two night trip, thirty three hours total.
I arrived in Saigon at 6:30 this morning and rode to and checked into the Phan Long Hotel that was recommended by Brian. It is perfectly located on a quiet street in District 1. Very reasonable at $20. Can. per night. The traffic here is like Hanoi on steroids, the polar opposite to life at home at Soames
Points where there is no traffic. I am here for three days and then plan on riding to My Tho to start a circuit of the delta.
I'm sure that the only people who are following this know me so I will probably only post occasionally.