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Mống Cái-Cà Mau

Leg 1: Mống Cái-Tiên Yên

Leg 2: Tiên Yên-Hạ Long

Leg 3: Hạ Long-Hải Phòng

Leg 4: Hải Phòng-Nam Định

Leg 5: Nam Định-Thanh Hóa

Leg 6: Thanh Hóa-Vinh

Leg 7: Vinh-Kỳ Anh

Leg 8: Kỳ Anh-Đồng Hới

Leg 9: Đồng Hới-Huế

Leg 10: Huế-Đà Nẵng

Leg 11:  Đà Nẵng Quảng Ngãi

Leg 12: Quảng Ngãi-Bồng Sơn

Leg 13: Bồng Sơn-Quy Nhơn

Leg 14: Quy Nhơn-Tuy Hòa

Leg 15: Tuy Hòa-Nha Trang

Leg 16: Nha Trang-Phan Rang

Leg 17: Phan Rang-Đà Lạt

Leg 18: Đà Lạt-Bảo Lộc

Leg 19: Bảo Lộc-Sài Gòn

Leg 20: Sài Gòn-Cần Thơ

Leg 21:  Cần Thơ-Cà Mau

Leg No. 1:  Mống Cái-Tiên Yên (85 km)

The town Mống Cái, itself, is situated at the border of Vietnam and China.  There is a gate, Việt-Trung, which separates the two countries in this town.  There is also a market in Mống Cái that sells imported Chinese goods at reasonable prices.  Other sites worth seeing include Trà Cổ Church, Trà Cổ beach, and Trà Vĩ - all situated along the ocean.  At Trà Vĩ, you can literally stand on the shore and view the shore of China lying across the water.

You will leave Mống Cái and bike on Highway 18 toward the towns of Quảng Hà, Ðầm Hà and Tiên Yên.  This is the beginning leg of the Mống Cái to Cà Mau cycling route.  Start out this leg at a leisure pace with the emphasis on becoming acquainted with traveling on the road and acclimatizing your body to the weather conditions.  Be aware that riding on the highway of Vietnam includes sharing the road with others.  This includes pedestrians and animals in addition to motor vehicles.

Highway 18 from Mống Cái to Tiên Yên lies in the province of Quang Ninh.  The road is narrow, windy, and often times hilly.  The surrounding, however, is lushed with vegetation and sparsely populated.  Because there is no major town between these two towns, be extra careful when riding on the road.  The motor drivers tend to drive faster since the road is less congested.  To avoid mishaps, stay close to the edge of the road so that the motor vehicles can easily pass around you.

Tiên Yên is a small, quiet town.  The river of Tiên Yên runs through it. Since the ride is a short 85 km, you will have time to take a stroll around town before night falls.  There is an indigenous band of people that live in and around this town.  You will easily noticed them by their brightly color clothes.  A small bustling market lies at the heart of the town.  The eating and drinking places in this town are small and carried with them a rustic, home-like quality that is hard to find else where in Vietnam.