Motorbikes is the theme of Hanoi. They are used to transport whatever you need to move…
Its common for a family of four – mum and dad and two kids to pile onto the Honda 50. Thats the most I’ve seen on one bike so far. Pigs for market, fridges and concrete formwork all get carted around on motorbikes. Road rules are almost non existent except that on some busier roads there’s a tendency to keep to the right. But either side of the road seems quite ok.
I have some photos but at this internet cafe at Sa Pa I haven’t managed to upload them, so it will have to wait till another day. I can’t check my email either. Such is life near the China border in the north of Vietnam.
I’m trekking to a hill tribe (red Zao) village today where I’ll stay overnight. I’ve arranged three homestays in the villages here before returning to Sa Pa. The mountain sides are layered with rice terraced rice paddies but now they get some of their income from selling crafts to tourists like me.
Back in a few days.