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  • TWT_16-10-30_11-09-03_S10C0061
34° | sunny | km 274

Unexpected easy entry!

on 2016-10-30 in Vietnam
We had read and heard countless stories that it is impossible to enter Vietnam on big foreign bikes. There is supposed to be an official legal way but it was way to expensive for us. We decided to ask around in the Vietnamese embassy in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We wanted to know what was needed to enter Vietnam with our motorcycles. As it turned out the official told us that we could simple cross the border and we would not have any problems with our bikes.

When we arrived at the border it was soon clear that we had managed to go to a border just for locals and not an international one. The one we had to take was quite a bit further south.
130 km later we arrived at the right spot. On the Cambodian side we had to make sure that they would properly stamp out our Carnet de Passage. The officials apparently had never seen one before and so we took the liberty of filling everything out and making sure that they put their stamp and the signature on the right spot. This was our first hurdle, now we prepared for Vietnam. The Cambodian official told us we should ask on the Vietnamese border if it would be possible for us to enter and if so we should come back and pick up our passports from him. We had difficulties communicating with the Vietnamese officials but in no time the Cambodian guy jumped on his little scooter and helped us ask the Vietnamese. All we got from them that they did not really care and if we wanted we should just pass. They quickly stamped our passports and since there was no customs officer to be found at the time we were allowed to cross into Vietnam with no questions asked. After a couple of kilometers we started believing it ourselves!

Fabi had gotten a stomach infection a couple of days before and he had not fully recovered yet. So we decided to stop just 25 kilometers later in a little town called Chau Doc. We were soon faced with two new problems that would make riding more difficult. First after almost 13000 kilometers of riding with a leaking suspension, Fabis BMW now had turned into a rocking horse and he had to be careful to avoid big potholes. The second issue was that the traffic had changed, a lot! There were scooters shooting around everywhere. With just a couple of cars and trucks in between it was impossible to relax while riding.
The next day we decided to ride to Can Tho, where Fabis fever got so bad that we had to stay there for a couple of days.
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33° | sunny | km 283

Endless tunnels, everywhere!

on 2016-11-01 in Vietnam
While Fabi was battling his infection and the fever that came with it, Basti and Denis decided to check out the local floating market of Cai Rang. It was incredible to see boats loaded to the brim with pineapples, melons or other kinds of fruits and groceries. In between were smaller customers darting around in little boats trying to pick up everything they needed. Often you could see long bamboo sticks with goods strapped to them pointing in the sky. The boats were powered by old car engines mounted to a drive shaft connected to a ship's screw.
We also visited a small factory where they produced rice noodles. We were very lucky because it was just Basti and Denis on the boat and therefore they had the funny guide all to themselves. He explained a lot about the market, factory and which fruit is good and which one is better left alone.

After going to a hospital and getting the right medicine Fabi was soon back on his feet. Our next destination was Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). As expected the traffic was chaotic even though they had a designated motorcycle lane and everything. In the center everyone was on his own. If we would have waited for an opening when turning on an intersection, we would still be waiting to this day. The only thing you can do is to go with the flow. Even if you have scooters coming your direction you have to keep going and hold your grounds. They will stop or go around you, usually. :)
We only spent one night in the city. The next day we rode north towards the famous Cu Chi tunnels. Before we did that we decided to get to know a little bit more about the background story of the Vietnam war and therefore we went to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh. It is truly worth a visit.

Next stop was the tunnels and as we walked through the thick tropical forest it was hard to imagine fighting a war under these conditions. The heat and moisture was already in our t-shirts and shorts, without the fear of death, hard to withstand. When our tour guide showed us the first entry to one of the tunnels of the Vietcong Bastis first thought was: "I wouldn't even be able to get in there!" The guide had a quick look at him and responded without so much as a grin: "You're going in first..." So we all squeezed us one after another into the little hole and started inspecting the tunnels. They were about 80 cm high and 60 cm wide. Back then they used long bamboo sticks to get air into the tunnels. Today they used big drain pipes connected to a ventilation system to make it more tolerable for tourists to walk through. Over all we walked about 50 meters in one stretch and after that we were already soaked from sweat and our legs were hurting from walking like a duck. We do not need to talk about our fitness at this point but it is incredible to imagine that the Vietnamese were able to built these tunnels with their hands for over 250 kilometers. And further to live in them and survive the ordeal of fighting a war against a more powerful enemy over so many years.

Overwhelmed by all the new insights into the Vietnamese war we rode back to our hotel. We decided to pack everything up already because we were excited about our next destination. The beach!
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35° | sunny | km 843

Dunes, Kites & R nineT's

on 2016-11-07 in Vietnam
Our trip to the ocean was only 250 kilometers and therefore was done rather quickly. It still was quite exhausting and unnerving since we were not allowed to take our eyes off the road even once. You always had to stay alert in order to evade some scooter or brake for something or someone. It was like riding in a slalom. Once we arrived in Phan Thiet we took a scenic road along the coast until we finally took a turn into a small town at the beach.

Sadly the hotels had been built so close to the ocean that there was not much of the beach left. When there was high tide the waves reached the terraces of the hotels leaving no sand at all! And we got our first glance at how much garbage is floating around in the ocean. Once you walked into the water you passed all sorts of plastic garbage. Luckily this was only at one specific day, probably because of heavy rain before we arrived. We stayed for a couple of days and tried our best at relaxing. Once we went to the nearby red sand dunes. After we had inspected the dunes a little and tested how loose the sand was, Denis quickly decided to let air out of his tires and try his luck again. Since riding in the sand had not worked in the Gobi in Mongolia it was now his time to shine! It was only a small field of dunes but the fun was tremendous none the less. After filming Denis with the drone for a bit Fabi quickly decided to give it a try as well. For him it was the first time on dunes and since he had to change his rear tire, he was now on street tires. But after a bit with enough speed and impertinence he managed to ride for a little while as well, just when the sun was setting. Overjoyed we went on low air pressures back home in the dark.

A day later we decided to walk to a Kite surfing place, because Basti was eager to show us the joy of Kite boarding. Sadly there was not enough wind and after sitting in the water waiting for it to pick up Basti had to accept that it was not going to happen this day. The small breeze was enough for Fabi and Denis to give flying a small kite a first try. It was a weird and unknown feeling for them to be pulled by such a "little" kite. We will surely give it another try some other day...
A big thanks to the nice guys from Vietnam Kiteboarding School for the free intro lesson and the kite rental!

Since we only had a 15 days visa for Vietnam we soon found ourselves getting close to the end. To get back in time to the same border we had crossed into we decided to take the coastal road towards Ho Chi Minh City and from there take a shorter route to the border. We had planned to go around Ho Chi Minh as far south as possible. After riding just a small amount we ran into a group of nine R nineT's, one S1000RR and a R1200 GS. To the question if we wanted to join them for a while we gladly agreed. We all agreed, that this opportunity was not to be missed. We road along the breathtaking and little inhabited coastline and just when we left we stopped for a truly Vietnamese lunch. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we agreed to ride with them into Ho Chi Minh to join them for some beers and food later this night. Obviously we could not pass on their hospitality and we really did not want to. Therefore we found ourselves in the middle of the chaotic traffic of the city again.
It was more then worth it though, since we had an unforgettable night partying with them. It was an incredible experience for us and we feel like it was a good bye gift before we had to leave Vietnam.

Two days later we arrived at the border a little afraid of what could happen. We had heard even more stories about bikes being confiscated once they had not entered Vietnam correctly... Even though we did not feel at fault we still knew that we might have gotten quite lucky on our entry. We went to the immigration window and got our passports stamped out, after that we walked together to the bike determined to get on them and leave. Denis was already 10 meters out when suddenly someone behind us yelled: "Hey! Wait!" A little shocked we turned around. A guy from customs had shouted this, he then went to the immigration both and back into his office. After a quick conversation with his colleges he cam back and waved us off with a smile. It was a big relieve for us. We had crossed back out! Without troubles!
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Arman
2018-11-10 06:28:17
Thank you very much for the good description.And I was very happy to be acquainted with you.I hope to see you again
I wish I could serve you more and I should give you all the points about Iran and its people at the beginning of your trip, but unfortunately I forgot.
be successful and victorious .
Rolf
2018-05-19 19:08:53
Hello Basti, welcome back to the Old World!
Enjoy the last leg of the ride home!
Basti
2018-05-05 03:40:58
Vielen Dank Michl,
nein gstritten wäre übertrieben. Wir haben nur feststellen müssen dass wir sehr unterschiedliche Auffassungen vom Ende der Tour hatten.
Daher konnten wir auch keinen Kompromiss mehr finden und die Trennung war letztlich die einzige Möglichkeit alle zufrieden zu stellen.
Wir freuen uns aber schon auf das baldige Wiedersehen!
Michl
2018-04-25 21:31:52
kann mich meinem Namensvetter unten nur anschließen, 2 Jahre spannende Geschichten in Text, Bild und Video, Danke dafür.

Aber sagt mal, nur noch Basti on the Road? In Österreich würde man sagen: " habt's g'stritten Mander?" ... ???
Basti
2018-03-26 03:22:12
Richtig Tom und vielen Dank!
Tom
2018-03-24 12:48:10
dann betrifft Eure Standortanzeige nur noch Basti?
Ich bin gespannt auf Euren Bericht.

Basti weiterhin eine gute Reise.
Basti
2018-03-24 11:21:32
hahaha Moe! Da hast du natürlich völlig recht, aber dann würde der Text zu 80% aus ride bestehen ;)
Moe
2018-03-23 02:35:21
Kleiner Übersetzungsfehler: you don't drive a bike, you ride it;) 'Driving' is just for cars.
Basti
2018-03-18 03:54:16
Hi Tom,
ja da hast du recht ;)
Wir sind ja leider nicht mehr zu dritt unterwegs. Fabi und Denis sind schon seit einiger Zeit zuhause und Basti wird es wohl nicht rechtzeitig heim schaffen... Derzeitiger Plan ist Mitte Mai.
Tom
2018-03-14 12:41:09
Wenn Ihr in vier Wochen wieder in DE sein wollt, müsst Ihr aber ordentlich am Kabel ziehen?!
Basti
2018-03-13 03:52:37
Servus Michael,
WOW das freut uns riesig! Vielen Dank für die netten Worte. Es ist wirklich viel zu lesen und wir haben uns immer gefragt ob das wirklich jemand liest... Also Danke für die Aufklärung! ;)
Schick uns doch bitte ne FB Nachricht oder ne Mail, in den deutschen Norden werden sicher bald mal aufbrechen. Denn von Deutschland haben wir wirklich noch nicht viel gesehen...
Liebe Grüße nach "oben" und ein paar Stories kommen noch...
Michael
2018-03-09 14:20:42
Moin Männers!
Nachdem ich vor einiger Zeit alle Eure Video geschaut habe, hab ich jede freie Minute in den letzten Tagen genutzt um Euren Blog von vorne bis hinten zu lesen (inkl. der beiden Alt-Touren).
Was soll ich sagen, außer, dass mein Leben jetzt keinen Sinn mehr hat, weil ich nichts mehr zu lesen habe:

MEGA GEILE STORY!
Es hat mir so unfassbar viel Spaß gemacht Eure Geschichten zu lesen, danke dafür!

Solltet Ihr jemand in den Deutschen Norden kommen, bitte bescheid geben! Lade Euch gerne auf ein oder zwei Bier ein :D

Gonzalo Bueno
2017-12-10 16:58:43
It was a pleasure
Basti
2017-11-06 20:01:23
Hi Thai, thank you, yes we are having a great time in Ecuador right now.
I enjoyed the night in Big Sur a lot and will always remember you and your nice family! Hope all is well!

Also thank you MHMT and Fred. We still have half a year left with hopefully plenty of adventures to come :)
Thai
2017-11-03 06:08:09
Hi Sebastian, this is Thai. You stopped by my camp site at Bigsur California. I was with my mother and 2 kids. Hope you are doing well...have fun and good luck with your journey.
Mhmt
2017-10-21 22:04:48
Great story with great team!
Fred
2017-10-06 10:28:42
Man what a fantastic journey,i am jalous!
Thanks for the beatiful recordings!
And safe travels!
Good luck to you all
Warm greet fred,the netherlands
Rolf
2017-07-29 20:16:20
Hi guys, hope it is not too hot in CA. Was trying to see how you were doing but have not seen a tracker signal since Thursday. All good? Need any help? Have a great weekend. Rolf
Basti
2017-07-29 11:21:49
Hi Robert,
vielen danke für deine Kritik! Haben wir bisher noch nicht gehabt. Dass wir ziemlich hinten dran sind ist absolut richtig, wir nehmen uns gerade eine kleine Auszeit um aufzuholen.
Allerdings kann ich deinen Punkt zu den Sponsoren und Spenden überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. Wir sind überrascht und froh wie wenig wir die Sponsoren erwähnen müssen. Außer in der eher kleinen Rubrik Support kommt eigentlich nichts in der Richtung vor.
In den nächsten Wochen werden wir auf jeden Fall zügig aufschließen und du darfst viele neue Berichte und Videos erwarten :)
Robert
2017-07-29 10:37:56
Korrektur des ersten Satzesvon vorher:
Ich finde Eure Tour sehr interessant.
Robert
2017-07-29 10:36:51
Hallo,
ich hab Euch in Osoyoos am Campingplatz getroffen und finde Eure Tour. Leider find ich Euren Internetauftritt nicht besonders aktuell.
Mit am meisten Raum nimmt der Verweis auf gesponsorte Produkte und der Aufruf zu Spenden ein
Schade.
Webseiten anderer Weltreisender sind da wesentlich interessanter und aktueller mit mehr persönlichen Eindrücken.
Da drückt man dann vielleicht auch mal eher auf den Spenden Button.
just my2cents
Trotzdem weiterhin viel Spaß und gutes Durchkommen bei Eurer Tour
Basti
2017-07-28 04:25:16
Hey Phil,
das ist ja super von dir! Fabi hat bereits 2 mal seine Gabeln deswegen austauschen müssen. Zumindest das zweite mal geht jetzt schon mal sicher auf Garantie!
Das erste mal war auch eher ein Crash und somit wohl kein Garantie Fall.
Er fährt jetzt übrigens mit zusätzlichen Klemmen als Verstärkung!
Phil
2017-07-27 10:34:27
Wichtige Info für Fabi!
Rückruf von BMW für die GS, wegen Problemen mit den Standrohren
der Telelever. Im harten Einsatz können sich die oberen Stopfen lösen. Werkstätten pressen Hülsen zur Verstärkung auf. Am besten
bei einer BMW Werkstatt vorbei-
fahren und prüfen lassen.
Basti
2017-06-28 07:41:21
Oh wow! Ich hab gerade einen kleinen Fehler entdeckt weshalb Kommentare im Blog Bereich nicht angezeigt wurden! Wir hatten uns schon gewundert ;) Vielen vielen Dank für die vielen lieben Worte!!!

I just discovered a small error which caused comments in the blog sections not to show! We already wondered ;) Thank you so much for all the nice words!!!
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:29:31
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Amir
2017-06-28 07:28:55
Welcome Iran Dudes....
Sebastian EBN ;-)
2017-06-28 07:28:40
Hallo Jungs, viele Grüße an euch. Beeindruckend schöne Bilder, Erlebnisse und Abenteuer. Ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten Geschichten. Euch viel Spaß, Gesundheit und Glück bei der Weiterreise. Liebe Grüße Sebastian
Steffen
2017-06-28 07:28:34
Hallo ihr drei, viele Grüße aus dem verregneten München sendet euch die Maurer AV. Wir schauen ab und zu auf eurer Seite vorbei und freuen uns über Neuigkeiten. Zugegebenermaßen, nicht ohne eine kleine Neidträne zu vergießen. Denkt an unser Elend und erhellt unser dunkles Sein weiterhin mit Euren Reiseberichten. Grüße von München . Steffen Z.
Marin
2017-06-28 07:28:30
My friends, I am Bulgarian and I should congrats you for the courage to do such trip. But I think you should better plan your visit in Bg :) there were a lot more interesting plases to see in spring than "abandoned" tourist city. Interesting name you gave to my country :)
Chris
2017-06-28 07:28:26
Hi Guy's.
I am interested to know how you prepared custom clearance and visa for all the countries. Did you do it in advance or will you do it on the run.
Cheers from Queensland
Chris

Btw. just a shame to miss out of Downunder :)
Jussy
2017-06-28 07:28:23
Hey Jungs ich hoffe es geht euch gut, wenn ihr so weiter macht wird es ja nur eine Ein-Jahres-Reise.
Viele grüße auch von meinen Kolegen der gesamten AV ( Maurer).
Ps: ich hoffe das bei euch das Wetter besser ist bei uns hat es nur 2 Grad und es fällt Schnee !!!!!
salih
2017-06-28 07:28:18
I prefer you to visit our North Sea Side not south.After you finish the north side you can ride across form north to south.
Salih from Turkey
Hemuli
2017-06-28 07:28:13
Keep stories coming :)
Have you checked if you can take the drone to all countries you plan to visit? I could imagine some borders might give you a really hard time if you have drone...
Ernst Huber( Jussy)
2017-06-28 07:27:04
Hallo Jungs bitte weiter so und viele Videos ich bin begeistert von euerer Reise.
Bleibt bitte Unfallfrei.
Gruß Huber Ernst ( Jussy )
Micha NC700X
2017-06-28 07:26:52
Sehr schöne Berichte, Fotos und Videos. Danke und macht weiter so! Viel Glück auf Eurer Reise!
Vahid
2017-06-28 07:26:42
Great! Hope to see you again soon!
Anastasia
2017-06-28 07:26:25
Don't you miss kebab yet? :)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:26:12
Super! Danke für die Reiseberichte und weiter viel Glück und Gesundheit!
Lars
2017-06-28 07:25:12
Hallo ihr lieben! Der Azubi Lehrmeister meldet sich auch mal wieder :-)
Ich hoff euch geht´s gut - In Deutschland ist es kalt und es regnet - Ich hoff ihr habt an Heiligabend ein schöneres Wetter :-)
Sonny
2017-06-28 07:25:04
what happened afterwards ? you left them there ?
Sonny mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:56
In the caves of laos where you visited one is where the biggest spiders In the world lives. Watch out haha, We saw one ist like 30 cm wide ...
Sonny Mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:47
Cool stories guys ! Keep up the amazing writing, where are some updates from December ?? :-D !!! Its so epic that you can do this trip
Daniel
2017-06-28 07:24:38
What a great time we had :-)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:24:30
Ihr bereitet uns in der Motorrad freien Winterzeit eine große Freude mit Euren Berichten. Vielen Dank und Alles Gute weiterhin.

Gruß Micha (NC700X im Winterschlaf)
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:23:57
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Micha
2017-06-28 07:23:47
Super, Euch Alles Gute!
Trixxie
2017-06-28 07:23:34
Hey guys! Great to meet you in Death Valley! I took a couple photos, and a small video of you going through the slot canyon. If you're interested in getting those, let me know where it would be best to send it! Also, let me know if you're planning to head to San Diego, California. Happy Trails! Trixxie
Jörg
2017-06-28 07:23:20
Hallo Leute,
ich bin gerade zufällig auf Eure Seite gestoßen. Sehr schön und informativ gemacht. Den Tipp mit dem magnetischen 12V-Verbinder kannte ich noch nicht. Das realisiere ich vielleicht, wenn ich von meiner Reise zurück bin. Denn wir könnten uns demnächst begegnen, wenn ich ab Sonntag in Halifax bin und von dort aus Richtung Süden starte. Einen Blog habe ich mal aufgesetzt und da ist auch meine Position per Tracker sichtbar. Würd` mich freuen, wenn wir uns mal auf einem Campingplatz treffen.
Der Blog: joergreiter.blogspot.de
LG
Jörg
Lisa
2017-06-28 07:20:26
Hey Basti, Hope you were able to replace the chair in Munich. Nice meeting you at SFO airport. Love your website; what a great trip you are on! You have crossed the Rubicon. No going back.
Via con Dios,

Lisa
Maxim
2017-06-28 07:15:54
you'll love the mavic pro. got it for a bike trip myself and the active track funktions are perfect for following bikes even at higher speeds. looking forward to watch new videos from your trip.

cheers,
maxim