A six-day tour across one of the most ancient and fascinating countries of Asia, riding a Vespa Primavera. This trip starts from Hanoi and ends in the deep South of Vietnam. Each day is a new stop, a new landscape, a new chapter to write. Our heroes? Luca and his team. Their mission? A documentary to shoot and a land to conquer. Let’s go!
One of the biggest Vespa factories in the world is located in Vinh Puch, where a staff of 800 people produces each day 500 units among Vespas and Scooters. One of them is freshly manufactured for us: a brand-new, wonderful, red Vespa Primavera 125.
We get on saddle, direction: Hanoi!
Did you know that the word Hanoi means “Ascending Dragon”? It takes just a look at the skyline to understand that this city is definitely taking off.
Its growth is fast and concerns many fields, from technology to tourism (which is made special also from the cordiality of its 6-million population). A quick stop to one of its most famous monuments - a 4,5 km long mosaic - and we are on our way for the second destination.
If you search for “Vietnam” on Google Images the first thing that you will find is an enchanting bay where the nature dominates the landscape. It’s Halong Bay: 2000 little islands and calcareous towers spread in the whole gulf. The legend says that this fragmentation was created by the blacklash of a dragon. We have the chance to cross the bay on a boat: simply amazing.
We put our Vespa on a train for a 900 km long travel, climbing with her the last 50 kilometers of a road at about 1500 meters altitude. The beauty of the destination pays us back of our fatigues: Sapa, a wonderful ancient village where the color of the rice fields changes every season. To completely get in the mood we offer our help for the harvest of rice plants. What an experience!
Hoi An is the fourth stop, a place completely different from Sapa. This is a city oriented to the future, where the tradition lives side by side with new infrastructures and buildings. One example? A modern, covered Japanese bridge that hosts a traditional Buddhist temple. In the city center motors are not allowed, so we have to explore the city on foot, abandoning our beloved Vespa for a while.
Ready for the deep South? Today we are in Can Tho, in the heart of the Mekong delta. It's very hot outside, so we keep riding wearing only a t-shirt and the helmet. We stop along the channel to admire the wonderful French markets and to try the local speciality: nem nướng, tasty meat chopsticks. Delicious!
Time flies! It seems yesterday that we arrived but the last day of our adventure has already come. We arrive to Ben Tre, where we get on a boat to explore every little channel of the Mekong river. Here’s the last scene: we, riding our Vespa on a road surrounded by such a wide vegetation that the sunlight doesn’t manage to penetrate.