Day 8 | Kon Tum – Kham Duc

Today was only a short ride, still we decided to leave early and still arrived shortly after dark. Days are too short here. After leaving the hotel, with quite OK breakfast, we first had to repair Armand’s scooter, not because of his crash, he just lost some parts halfway yesterday, and Roel’s flat tyre. After more than an our we could finally leave Kon Tum.

Rain forest

Rain forest

Day 8 route

Day 8 route

The first part of the route was mainly up the mountains, nice views, rice fields, hilltribe people, empty roads. Ow, and waving people, a feel like Efteling’s Carnaval Festival. All ingredients for a good ride… But it becomes better… Down the mountains, suddenly we are in the rain forest and it’s even better than the previous time, amazing views, foggy forest, overgrown trees, waterfalls, cool driving.  (It was the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen – Roel). At some parts we could see the pillars of the bridges of the previous road, but most of the time big parts were already taken back by nature. One even was a waterfall. This route is HW14, but sometimes also called the 17 and part of the Ho Chi Min Trail.

We ended up in Kham Duc. Roel googled yesterday there should be one hotel. We found two… Fully booked. Some guesthouse still had one room, the last room of the village, it suits three persons. After some convincing and sign language we got an additional matrass on the ground. Maarten sleeps on the ground, on his own matrass and a five person room is created. Because it’s the last room the owner decided to ask 400K, maybe the most expensive room we had…. But I guess that’s the correct price with current supply and demand.

 

Next… Dinner. During our search I saw a restaurant. In the reataurant we ordered a random set of dishes and five beers (to celebrate Christmass eve and our nicest route so far), we got an entire crate of beer, we like it here. Food was fine, and we mingled with the neighbours, which was difficult with the language barrier. At least we tought them how to “proost”.

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