In her first day of solo-riding, Finney is thrown from the frying pan and into the fire as she navigates gravel backroads, wet mountain highways, congested cities packed with trucks, as well as dodging the random cow or wedding reception. All this in an effort to reach the city of Buon Ma Thuot. While we never learn to pronounce the town name properly (not for lack of trying) we discovered there was a lot to love about BMT.
Buon Ma Thuot | The Coffee Capitol
Buon Ma Thuot is the center of Vietnam coffee growing operations and homebase for Trung Nguyen Coffee Village. This far into our motorcycle trip I had fallen head over heels for Ca Phe Sua Da so spending a few days in coffee central sounded great. Ca Phe Sua Da or Iced Coffee with Milk is one of the best things I discovered during our trip- not much of a coffee drinking normally. ITrung Nguyen Coffee Village is perhaps the best place in all of Vietnam to have a definitive “best” Ca Phe Sua Da. It would be the equivalent of visiting Indianapolis speedway if you’re a race fan.
While in Buon Ma Thuot, we also hopped over to Lak Lake in the Dak Lak Province for a day trip. The main tourist draw here is of course elephant rides across the lake. However, upon encountering a very sad elephant chained up on concrete,we decided to skip perhaps the saddest elephant ride in Vietnam. Lak Lake is still worth the short drive out to visit. The drive was beautiful and there were many vibrant rice paddies to roll through on our motorbike. Best of all, we felt well off the beaten path and didn’t see another tourist the entire day.
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Isn’t your name Allison? Yes. My maiden name is Finney. Most people call me by a nickname. You can call me Fin.
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