For the first time traveling alone by motorbike, Kim Chau (30 years old) visited 34 provinces and cities at a cost of about 50 million VND.
On August 6, 2020, without getting into the car to go to work early, as usual, Kim Chau huddled and arranged a luggage bag of nearly 30 kg on a red Wave motorbike, preparing to depart from Ho Chi Minh City to cross Vietnam. Although crying and worried for her child, Chau’s mother and grandmother did not stop her because they saw her determination.
“At that time, I was extremely stressed when the Covid-19 epidemic greatly affected my life and work, so I wanted to go once to escape from the stuffiness, know what I really want, not care about it. how long, how far,” Chau said.
Before, many people thought that Chau would only go to Vung Tau and then return, but from here, she continued to drive through the central provinces, towards the northern mountainous provinces before stopping in Hanoi. send motorbikes and fly to Ho Chi Minh City because of the Covid-19 epidemic. During the 102 days of traveling through Vietnam, she was able to explore the lands for the first time such as Vinh Hy Bay (Ninh Thuan), Y Ty (Lao Cai), the westernmost tip of A Pa Chai (Dien Bien) or camping in the easternmost. on the mainland of Mui Doi (Khanh Hoa).
“The more I go, the more beautiful my country is, the people in all regions are friendly. So the planned trip of 2 months has turned into 3 months”, Chau laughed and said. On nearly 6,000 km of the road, Chau also sometimes encountered teasing, car punctures, lost his way because he lost phone signal or stayed in a homestay alone because of the absence of tourists… The most serious incident was the fall of the car. On the way to Ha Giang, her knee hurt so she couldn’t ride a motorbike, so she had to stay in a homestay for 2 weeks.
However, Chau also received a lot of help and care from the people she met along the way. During a car crash, the Tay homestay owner’s family invited her to have lunch, dinner or pack Chung hump cake. In addition, they also offered to reduce the room rate to help her save money.
Or another time when she came to Vinh Hy Bay, where Chau seemed to have nothing to visit, she met a new friend named Duong, a local who rents canoes. When Duong asked if he could help, with “the vigilance of a Saigon girl”, Chau refused immediately because he thought he was being teased. After talking and asking, she agreed to go with him to visit coral reefs, visit Stone Park, Ninh Thuan vineyard…
“During the trip due to the influence of the Covid-19 epidemic, I did not feel the atmosphere of tourism, but for the first time, I felt the love between people most deeply. Especially, those who do travel. They also love and are willing to introduce visitors to the land they grew up in or are staying in,” Chau shared.
During the trip, Chau often chooses to stay in a dormitory room to save money. The average cost is 500,000 VND/day for eating, staying in a homestay, refueling the car, etc. She also shared that to make a safe trip, it is advisable to plan in detail the destinations and consult. those with previous experience. In addition, when traveling alone, you also need to drive at the right speed and obey traffic laws. Because she is a girl and travels alone, she also does not move or visit when it is dark, her luggage is always full of camping gear.
In mid-November 2020, Chau returned to Ho Chi Minh City safely and focused on the homestay business, with the lesson after the trip “always treat others with heart and love for the land you live in”. She said that after the Covid-19 epidemic is under control, she will probably continue her trip. Follow vnexpress/Photos, videos: Characters provided