The Blade Diaries


Saigon to Hanoi on two Honda Blades!
We did it! 4000km+ on two Honda Blades over five weeks. All the ups and downs you’d expect with a couple of unexpected ones too…     Our Route Put simply, it was the classic Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. In reality there was some loop-dee-looping and back tracking […]

The Blade Diaries #7 | The Big One!


The Blade Diaries #6 : Cat Ba and Halong Bay
  Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and looking at the postcards, it is stunning. Some people we spoke to told us that we must go whilst others said that it had been ruined by so much tourism and litter and recommended we skip it.   We decided to […]

The Blade Diaries #6 : Cat Ba and Halong Bay


The Blade Diaries #5 : Phong Nha to Hanoi
  The days working up to our caving trek had been long, wet riding days and had left us weary. But after much sweating, swimming and staring at the gorgeous landscapes we left Phong Nha feeling re-energised. It helped that out butts had been given a good rest too!     […]

The Blade Diaries #5 – Phong Nha to Hanoi



The Blade Diaries #4 : Hoi An to Phong Nha 1
  The next leg of our journey did not start well.   We had 260km to cover from Hoi An to Khe Sahn and it rained for approximately 253 of them!   The downpour wasn’t heavy enough to stop us driving, but it was a constant mist of fine rain that […]

The Blade Diaries #4 : Hoi An – Phong Nha


The Blade Diaries #3 : Hoi An and the Golden Loop
Hoi An     We fell in love with Hoi An.    We’d heard it was beautiful but all the lanterns, the narrow streets and old buildings, the bridges over the river, the music playing through the streets.. it was all too much!   It is very touristy but for […]

The Blade Diaries #3 : Hoi An and the Golden ...


The Blade Diaries : Dalat to Hoi An
  When we planned our drive up the south Vietnamese coast,we pictured mornings on sunny coastal roads and afternoons spent enjoying ice creams and cold beers on sandy beaches.   So as we were standing on the side of the road, 30km from the nearest town with a flat tyre […]

The Blade Diaries #2 : Dalat to Hoi An



Having fun in Ho Chi Minh City 2
We arrived in Saigon late and hungry and quickly found some grub and a local beer on the backpacker street of Bui Vien (please excuse the lack of accents!). It felt a bit like Ho Chi Minh City’s version of Khao San road complete with neon lights and loud music. The […]

The Blade Diaries #1: Saigon to Dalat