Truck the World | Indochina Leg Vientiane Hanoi Saigon Phnom Penh 2017

We toured Indochina during Spring 2017, 8.300 km through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. After a stopover in Bangkok we flew to Vientiane and picked up our truck. Via Northern Laos we enterd Vietnam at Dienh Bien Phu and drove to SaPa, Hanoi and Halong Bay.

We aligned Chinese Sea with wonderful beaches and visited Saigon/Ho-Chi-Minh-City. We left Vietnam for Cambodia and were in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and  Siem Reap/Angkor Wat. We aligned Mekong River back to Phnom Penh and stored our truck again returning home for business.

We plan to continue Autumn 2017 through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia visiting wonderful islands including Bali. Thailand has become difficult for overlanders’ third-country-campers or trucks. Special permit has been neglected by Thai DLT although truck the world had started long before those regulations were  implemented. A way out of this problem is shipping from Sihanoukville to Kula Lumpur. 
 
Touring Indochina by Truck
Our Route Touring Indochina by Truck
THAILAND

We visited Thailand Capital Bangkok for 4 days staying at Rembrandt Hotel in lively Sukhumvit district doing those sightseeings you should do.

VIew from Rembrandt hotel over modern Sukhumvit
VIew from Rembrandt Hotel over Modern Sukhumvit, Bangkok | Thailand
Relaxing Thai Massage with oil is due in Bangkok |Thailand
Relaxing Thai Massage with Oil is Due in Bangkok after  Flight ex Germany  | Thailand
First Visiting Shangri La Hotel where Anneli had Stayed as Tennie Several Years ago, BangkoK | Thailand
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok | Thailand
Anneli Stayed here as Tennie just some Years ago | Thailand
Visiting was Due because this Teenie Stayed here Recently | Thailand
Sunset Dinner was due at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok | Thailand
Sunset Dinner was Due at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok | Thailand
But Streetfood is Standard in Bangkok | Thailand
But Streetfood is Standard in Bangkok | Thailand
What Anh at the other Side of the River, Bangkok | Thailand
Bangkok still Keeps Colonial Heritage at Chao Phraya Riverside | Thailand
...Plus People Living at the River in Bangkok | Thailand
People Housing at the River in Bangkok | Thailand
Thailand is Buddistic and this is Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, at the other Riverside in Bangkok | Thailand
Thailand is Buddhistic and this is Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, at the Opposite Riverside in Bangkok | Thailand
Wonderful Pottery Stele in Wat Arun | Thailand
Wonderful Pottery Stele in Wat Arun | Thailand
Guardians at the Entrance of Wat Arun in Bangkok |Thailand
Scaring Guardians at the Entrance of Wat Arun in Bangkok |Thailand
But a Friednly Chinese Helps us into Wat Arun | Thailand
But a Wise Chinese Warrior Helps into Wat Arun… | Thailand
...Where People Pray and Priests ask for Support in Wat Arun | Thailand
…Where People Pray and Priests ask for Support | Thailand
Elephants are Holy in Tahilnd and they Watch one of the Cross Sections at the Entrance of Wat Pho andthe Royal Palace in Bangkok | Thailand
Elephants are Holy in Thailand and Safeguard the Entrance to Wat Pho and  Royal Palace in Bangkok | Thailand
Golden Buddha inside Wat Pho, Bangkok | Thailand
Reclining Golden Buddha before Entering Nirvana in Wat Pho, 45m long and 15m high | Thailand
And Gold outside in Wat Pho | Thailand
Also Gold outside in Wat Pho | Thailand
Gold again inside Wat Po with Emerald Buddha | Thailand
Gold again Inside Wat Pho with Emerald Buddha | Thailand
Golden Stele of Wat Pho in Bankok | Thailand
Golden Stele of Wat Pho | Thailand
Crowded Entrance to Thailands largest Library in Wat Pho | Thailand
Crowded Entrance to Wat Pho Temples | Thailand
Another Impressing Stele in Wat Pho | Thailand
Another Impressing Stele in Wat Pho | Thailand
Too Cold for Golden Buddhas in the Gallery, Wat Pho | Thailand
Too Cold for Golden Buddhas in the Gallery of Wat Pho | Thailand
...But wonderful Wallpaintings LEad the Visitor through the Gallery into Thailand's largerst Library of Medicine and Arts Thai Massgae was Created here and is still Taught Today in Wat Pho | Thailand
Wonderful Wallpaintings Lead Visitors through the Gallery into Thailand’s largerst Library of Medicine and Arts. Thai Massgae was Created here and still is Taught Today in Wat Pho | Thailand
Royal Castle looks boring next to Wat Pho in Bangkok |Thailand
Royal Castle Looks Boring next to Wat Pho in Bangkok |Thailand
Cabbage and Condoms, The Best Place for FInal DInner with Friends and Wife in Bangkok | Thailand
Cabbage and Condoms: Place for Final Dinner with “Friends” in Bangkok | Thailand
And here they are, 2 Guest Condoms as a Gift in Bangkok | Thailand
And here they are, 2 Guest Condoms as a Gift in Bangkok | Thailand
LAOS
We flew out to Vientiane and picked up our truck at our friend’s place safely. We aligned Mekong West and North to Luang Prabang and crossed Northern Laos for Vietnam.
Camping Overnight at a Temple at Mekong River in Vientianne, Friendly Monks did not even Ask for Money | Laos
Camping at a Temple at Mekong River in Vientiane, Friendly Monks did not even Ask for Money in the Evening | Laos
This is the Boss Buddha in Vientiane | Laos
This is Boss Buddha in Vientiane | Laos
And these are his Friendy Servants during Lunch in the Temple in Vientiane | Laos
And these are his Friendly Female Servants during Temple Lunch in Vientiane | Laos
Unbelievable but True: Meeting with Bad Godesberg Neighbours during Lunch at Mekong close to Vientiane | Laos
Never say Never – Unbelievable but True: Meeting Klaehne Family, Bad Godesberg Villenviertel Neighbours, during Lunch at Mekong River just by Hazard, Vientiane  | Laos
Crossing Mekong by Serious Ferry Boat close to Thailand | Cambodia
Crossing Mekong by Serious Ferry Boat close to Thailand | Laos
"Olympic" Elephant Games Referring to Old Lao History in S | Laos
“Olympic” Elephant Games Referring to Lao History in Saynambouri | Laos
This is Boss Elephant for Gold Medal in Saynambouri | Laos
This is Boss Elephant Heading for Gold in Saynambouri | Laos
...His Mates n the Lawn...
…His Mates in the Stadium…
...Eating all the Bamboo after Trampling on it...
…Eating all the Bamboo after Trampling on it…
...Keeping an Eye on his MAtes and Tourists..
…Keeping an Eye on Mates and Tourists…
...Germans like those...
…Germans like those…
...Lao Kiddies...
…LOwer Income Lao Kiddies…
...upper Income as well..
…Ande upper Income as well…
...And Bhuddist Monks...
…And Bhuddist Monks…
...As well as our Truck in Saynambouri | Laos
…As well as our Truck in Saynambouri | Laos
Time to Continue to Luang along Mekong River | Laos
Time to Continue to Luang along Mekong River | Laos
Water Supply Business Close to Mekong is Arduous | Laos
Water Supply Business Close to Mekong is Arduous | Laos
And not all Ships are on Duty | Laos
And not all Ships are on Duty | Laos
And to Relax at Wonderful ...Hotel in the most Beautiful City of Laos with Citroen 15CV | Luang Prabang
And Time to Relax at Wonderful Villa Santi Accor Hotel in the most Beautiful City of Laos with Citroen 15CV in Front | Luang Prabang
We Enjoy Mekong Terrace instead at Luang Prabang | Laos
We Enjoy Mekong Terrace instead at Luang Prabang | Laos
And Delicious Fish | Laos
And Delicious Mekong Fresh Fish | Laos
And Tasty Fresh Fruit Cocktails
And Tasty Fresh Fruit Cocktails
And Temples in Luang | Laos
And Temples in Luang | Laos
At Mekong River in Luang Prabang | Laos
At Mekong River in Luang Prabang | Laos
Just Filigrane and Wonderful in Luang | Laos
Temples are just Filigrane and Wonderful in Luang | Laos
Last View over Mekong in Luang Prabang | Laos
Last View over Nam Khan Mouth to Mekong in Luang Prabang | Laos
Continuing Towards Dien Bien Phu Border Hand Made Broom for Vietnam, Major Lao Export | Laos
Continuing Towards Dien Bien Phu Border Hand Made Broom for Vietnam, Major Lao Export | Laos
...And Native Ladies Selling Hand Made Bracelets Getting Angry if you just Buy one | Laos
…And Hmong Ladies Selling Hand Made Bracelets Getting Angry if you just Buy one | Laos
Typical: People Dry Clothes so that you can See them next to the Road | Laos
Typical: Dry your Clothes so that Everybody Must See next to the Road | Laos
Last City for Supplies before Entering Vietnam | Laos
Muang Khua at Nam Pak and Nam Ou Rivers: Last City for Supplies before Entering Vietnam | Laos
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Lots of Different Rice being Sold | Laos
And Wonderful Restaurants at the River - High up in Dry Season | Laos
And Wonderful Restaurants at the River – High up in Dry Season | Laos
Wonderful Stay at River | Laos
Wonderful Stay at Nam Khua River | Laos
Some Work, mostly Women... | Laos
Some Work, mostly Women… | Laos
...And Take Care of Children... | Laos
…And Take Care of Children… | Laos
Some do the Veggies... | Laos
Some do the Veggies… | Laos
Some do Car Washing... | Laos
Cultur Difference? Males do Car Washing in Laos, too
VIETNAM
Finally we reached Vietnam Border close to Dien Bien Phu in France known as the City of Defeat. Vietnamese General Giap never lost a battle and conquered French Military here so that they had to leave their colony in 1956. US Americans didn’t know about Giap and returned later… Same result.
Never alone again but with 3 Vietnamese - Welcome at the Border by Officer Dzung, Guide Binh, Driver and Leading Car missing at Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam
Never alone again but in Company of 3 Vietnamese for the Next 3 Weeks – Males Welcome at the Border by Officer Dzung, Guide Binh, Driver and Leading Car missing at Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam
This was French Main Quarter in Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam
This was French General Navarro Main Quarter in Dien Bien Phu, Captured by VietMinh in 1954 – Suicide  | Vietnam
Vietnam Wars Hero Ho-Tchi-Minh in Dien's National Museum | Vietnam
Vietnam Revolutioner, Founder and President Ho-Tchi-Minh in Dien’s National Museum | Vietnam
...And one of the Legendary Transport Bikes for 350 kgs. You need a lot of Bikes and People to get heavy Artillery and Ammunition through the Rain Forest like that unnoticed by the French | Vietnam
…One of the Legendary Bikes Transportingg 350 kgs. You need a lot of Bikes and People to get heavy Artillery and Ammunition through the Rain Forest and Over Dien’s Hills –  unnoticed by the French | Vietnam
Vietnam Admirers in the Museum are just one Result | Vietnam
Vietnam Admirers in Front of their Heroes the Museum are just one Result | Vietnam
Like every Vietnamese City Dien has a remarkable Place of Republic and Town House with the Picture of Big Boss Ho | Vietnam
Like every Vietnamese City Dien has a remarkable Place of Republic and Town House with the Picture of Big Ho | Vietnam
...AndMonuments up Stairs in Dien Bien Phu: Vietnames are Proud and they have Reasons | Vietnam
…AndMonuments up Stairs in Dien Bien Phu: Vietnames are Proud and they have Reasons | Vietnam
...And Red Flags all over: This is one of the last Communist Countries | Vietnam
…And Red Flags all over: This is one of the last Communist Countries | Vietnam
Fresh Market at Dien: The love to Eat Fruit | Vietnam
Fresh Market at Dien: The love to Eat Fruit | Vietnam
...And Lots of Meat, Chicken and Spiders, Worms and Veal like our Guides in their Favorite Dien Restaurant | Vietnam
…And Lots of Meat, Chicken and Spiders, Worms and Veal like our Guides in their Favorite Dien Restaurant | Vietnam
Sundown over Dien and Time to Leave | Vietnam
Sundown over Dien and Time to Leave | Vietnam
Along River towards SaPa in the Northern Mountains | Vietnam
Aligning Da River and Water Reserve towards SaPa through Hoang Lien Son Mountains | Vietnam
Waterfall in Hoang Lien Song Nature Reserve | Vietnam
Waterfall in Hoang Lien Son Nature Reserve | Vietnam
...Including Minor Tourists | Vietnam
…Including Minor Tourists | Vietnam
...Including Tourist Traps | Vietnam
…Including Tourist Traps | Vietnam
Catholic Chrurch in SaPa Touristic Centre - quite Popular for its low Temperatures in Summer Due to Altitude | Vietnam
Catholic Chrurch in SaPa Touristic Centre – quite Popular for its low Temperatures in Summer Due to Altitude | Vietnam
...Selling Mushrooms at the Local Market | Vietnam
…Selling Mushrooms at the Local Market | Vietnam
...An Suckling Pig for Lunch | Vietnm
…An Grilled Suckling Pig for Lunch – just like in Bosnia | Vietnam
Original Vietnamese Coffe Brew | Vietnam
Original Vietnamese Coffe Brew – Tasty!
We Enjoy watching the Market and many Begging Children in SaPa - just like in Bonn but this is: Vietnam
We Enjoy watching the Market and many Begging Children in SaPa – just like in Bonn but this is: Vietnam
We Enjoy Hotel Panoramic View of High up SaPa Surroundings | Vietnam
We Enjoy Hotel Panoramic View of High up SaPa Surroundings | Vietnam
Save Enegy: Our Hotel don't Need Electrical Diswashing machines | Vietnam
Save Energy: Our Hotel don’t Need Diswashing machines | Vietnam
Hmong Village as Tourist Attraction submontane SaPa: Disney World in Vietnam
Hmong Cat Cat Village is a Tourist Attraction submontane SaPa: Disney World in Vietnam
...Including Water Pumps...
…Including Tourists and Water Pumps…
Alert Native Hmong Girl Living elsewhere and Coming by Bus Each Morning…
...As well as Children...
…As well as Children…
...And Pigs Staying Overnight in SaPa | Vietnam
…And Pigs Staying Overnight at Cat Cat | Vietnam
AsiaSenses Guides are not that Familiar with Navigation - we Pass Lao Chai at the Chinese Border and align Red River towards Ha Noi and Stay in Beautiful Leganda Hotel At West Lake in Ha Noi | Vietnam
AsiaSenses Guides are not that Familiar with Navigation – we Pass Lao Chai at the Chinese Border and align Red River towards Ha Noi and Stay in Beautiful Leganda Hotel At West Lake in Ha Noi | Vietnam
...With View of Ha Noi Downtown over the Lake ...
…View of Ha Noi Downtown over West Lake …
...Sale of Fresh Lake Fish at the Close-By Amusement Park in Hanoi | Vietnam
…Fresh Fish Sale at the Close-By Amusement Park in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Former Prison for Anti-Communists and US-Pilots Shot down over Vietnam - Inoffficially "Hilton Hotel" in Hanoi | Vietnam
Former Prison for Anti-Communists and US-Pilots Shot down over Vietnam – Officially “Maison Cemtrale”, Inoffficially “Hilton Hotel” in Ha Noi | Vietnam
City Hall of Hanoi | Vietnam
City Hall of Ha Noi | Vietnam
Communist Flags all over Hanoi City | Vietnam
Flags over Ha Noi City Han Kiem Lake | Vietnam
Selling Elaborately Folded Cards in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Selling Elaborately Folded Cards in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Transport is on 4 Wheels without Rear View in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Transport on 2 Wheels without Rear View is Due in Ha Noi… | Vietnam
...for Lunch...
…for Lunch…
...and Flowers in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…and Flowers…
...Even for Tesa Products...
…The Street is the Shop…
...Even for Tesa Products...
…Even for Tesa Products…
...And Hairdo...
…And Hairdo…
...And Parking for Everybody in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…And Parking for Everybody in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Some do their Work, mostly Women...
Some do their Work like this Girl Opening her Street Cafe in the Afternoon…
...Buy French Citroen 15 CV...
…Others Buy French Citroen 15 CV…
Others Enjoy...
…Enjoy…
...Getting Married...
…Getting Married…
...But Some do not even Like that...
…But Some do not Like that…
...Did she See that?
…Did she See that?
...In Front of Metropolitan Hotel, Made by France...
…In Front of Metropolitan Hotel, Made by France…
Wonderful Art Deco French Made in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…Wonderful Art Deco French Made…
...And Famous Slim Houses in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…And Famous Slim Houses in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Not a Long Way to Overcrowded Ha Long Bay...
Not a Long Way to Overcrowded Ha Long Bay…
... And Crown Hotel, our Stay at Ha Long Main Road | Vietnam
… And Crown Hotel, our Stay at Ha Long Main Road | Vietnam
But First Enjoy Dinner Invitation by our Guide and his Friends in Ha Long | Vietnam
But First Enjoy Dinner Invitation by our Guide and his Friends in Ha Long | Vietnam
Tourist Boat Racing towards 2 Chicken in Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Tourist Boat Racing towards 2 Chicken in Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Here they are under reduced Visibilty Conditions...
Here they are under reduced Visibilty Conditions…
Fine Multi Generation House in Halong Bay | Vietnam
Fine Multi Generation House next by in Halong Bay | Vietnam
Afternoon Race to Famous Ha Long Bay Caves | Vietnam
Afternoon Race to Famous Ha Long Bay Caves | Vietnam
Here they are Designed by Walt Disney...
Here they are Designed by Walt Disney…
Not too Lonesome in Ha Long Bay...
Not too Lonesome in Ha Long Bay…
...But Exhausting. Next Time we might Take a Plane Flying over Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
…But Exhausting. Next Time we might Take a Plane Flying over Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Time to LEave South but oops, Pay Attention to Bikers after End of School in Vietnam
Time to Leave South but Oops, Pay Attention to Bikers after End of School in Vietnam
Pay a Visit to one of the 2 Most Successful Soldiers Worldwide: General Giap. The other was Vietnamese, too... French and US did not know that we Guess.
Visit to one of the 2 Undefeated Commander Graves Worldwide: General Giap. The other was Vietnamese, too… French and US rushed into that without knowing…  | Vietnam
And here is one Proof: Open Bridge over Latitude 13 River, former Broder between Northern and Southern Vietnam
And here is one Proof: Open Bridge over Latitude 13, former Border between Northern and Southern Vietnam including Watch Tower of Southern Vietnam
...And Enormous Loud Speakers in Northern Vietnam, Terror
…Enormous Loud Speakers for Supersonic Sounding, Music and Speeches of Northern Vietnam, Terrorizing South Vietnam
...And the Corresponding Memorial and Museum | Vietnam
…Corresponding Memorial and Museum | Vietnam
Former French Hue Fortress - Completely Destroyed during Americn War | Vietnam
Former French Hue Fortress – Completely Destroyed during Americn War | Vietnam
Entrance to Hue Imperial Palace | Vietnam
Entrance to Hue Imperial Palace | Vietnam
Japanese Tourists in the Closed Area | Vietnam
Japanese Tourists in the Closed Area | Vietnam
Dragon Supervising Palace Courts | Vietnam
Dragon Supervising Palace Courts | Vietnam
Ladies Part of the Palace...
Ladies’ Part of the Palace…
Gate to Closed Area Recemtly Restored but too much Rain | Vietnam
…Gate to Ladies’ Area Recemtly Restored but too much Rain | Vietnam
US Military Left a Lot in Vietnam
US Military Left a Lot in Vietnam…
...Because of him: VietCong Soldier in Pension in Hue | Vietnam
…Because of Poeple South Vietnames Freedom Fighters: VietCong Soldier in Pension in Hue | Vietnam
Hue Market is for everything you Need
Hue Market is for everything you Need
...She Needs a Rice Bowl for Lunch
…She Needs a Rice Bowl for Lunch
Monument of Late Vietnamese Imperors at Hue | Vietnam
Late Vietnamese Imperors Cemetary at Hue… | Vietnam
...Including Charming Places for Vistors' Rest
…Including Charming Places for Vistors’ Rest
View of Da Nang and Chinese Beach towards South | Vietnam
View of Da Nang and Chinese Beach towards South | Vietnam
Next Stop at Touristic Hoi An at Vinh Cura Dai River Mouth to Chinese Sea
Next Stop at Touristic Hoi An at Vinh Cura Dai River Mouth to Chinese Sea
Touristic Hoi An at Night
Hoi An at Night…
...Tourists for Tasty DInner...
…Tourists for Tasty DInner…
...Daytime in Hoi An
…Daytime in Hoi An…
...And always Time for Elegant Pictures
…And always Time for Elegant Pictures…
...Plus a Dime Supporting the Elderly
…Plus a Dime Supporting the Elderly…
...Temples for Buddhist People...
Temples for Buddhist People…
Chinese Trading House in Hoi An | Vietnam
Chinese Trading House in Hoi An | Vietnam
Rialto Bridge Copy
Rialto Bridge Copy
Students Celebrating Final Exminations
Students Celebrating Final Exminations…
...Some Exhausted but Beautiful...
…Some Exhausted but Beautiful…
Guide Bing Celebrating Students Admiration in Hoi An
Guide Bing Celebrating Female Teenie Admiration in Hoi An
Good Bye to Nice Hoi An with our Guides
Good Bye to Nice Hoi An with our Guides

 

 

PATIENCE… STILL UNDERWAY