Vietnam Highlands - Day 8 - Long Thanh to Ho Chi Minh City
- Distance 47km
- Max Elevation 33m
Vietnam Highlands - Long Thanh to Ho Chi Minh City Ride Profile
Our last day of cycling in Vietnam we headed west from Long Thanh
towards the river Dong Nai. We took the old road through Ben Cam. At
first the going was tough as there were a lot of roadworks, rough road
surfaces and traffic. Once through the town the road was quiet and
pleasant, winding over low rolling hills to Long Tan.
From here, according to the map, the road turned away from the river
valley and took a circuitous route before returning north to the ferry
crossing point. The satellite view showed a minor track along the
river which avoided this detour. Unfortunately, as we rode smugly along
the road wondering why it was so quiet, we were confronted by the gates
of a large riverside naval base. The two young ratings on guard duty
wouldn't let us through so we had to go the long way round.
Arriving at the last ferry of our Vietnam Highlands tour it was distressing to
witness yet another RTA with some very inappropriate first aid being
administered by the well-meaning bystanders. On the other side of the
river the traffic was heavy with lots of container lorries nose to tail
along the dual carriageway. The route into Saigon meant taking a left
turn through this and then a climb up the bridge over the Saigon River,
thankfully on a separate motorbike lane. From here we followed the same
route, to the same hotel, as three weeks previously.
We now had five days to relax in Saigon before our flight on 18th
December to Dumaguete in the Philippines to spend Christmas with our son
Simon and his wife Emma.
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From Saigon we took a flight to Manila in the Philippines and onwards down to Dumaguete on the Philippine island of Negros where you can read about the next stage of our journey cycling around the Visayas.
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