Seven thousand kilometres over four months through four countries. Countless adventures had and many stories to tell, this was the itinerary for Charles Carman, a photography student from Colorado who came to Asia looking to ditch the tourist trail for the thrill of riding a Minsk bike through some relatively unexplored countryside.
When I heard a colleague of mine had test-driven the new, mark two version of the electronic Vespa, my inner child took over. “Wow!” was my first response as a smile erupted across my face. “I’d love to give it a try.” We ran an article on the original vehicle in the middle of last year, but none of us ever had the chance to take the bike for a spin.
Even the traffic is different in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
We’ve all had them, all been through some of the worst travel sufferings one can imagine. Here is a selection of forgettable, or in fact not-so-forgettable journeys. Photos by Nick Ross
The beads of perspiration rolling down the back of your neck every time you see the mustard or green outfits and look away hoping your number is not up — it’s just not good for the blood pressure. It’s a risk, too. So after twisting and turning for the best part of two years, enough was enough. I was heading to Tan Binh to run the gauntlet and do the one thing in life I hate the most — sit an exam.
Without a proper safety net, living in Vietnam can be dangerous
Having endured the arduous task of finally becoming a legal driver in Vietnam, Sarah Johnson walks you through the step by step process of getting your own license.
The authorities in Thanh Hoa City have used fishing nets to catch racers and those driving bikes dangerously in a novel new approach to solving these problems.