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Vietnamese motorcyclist finishes Vietnam-France in 150 days 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 15:15 GMT+7
Vietnamese motorcyclist finishes Vietnam-France in 150 days 
Tran Dang Dang Khoa poses with his beloved bike which he named The Memo at The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo courtesy of Dang Khoa

Khoa, 30, posted a number of photos to his Facebook page on Saturday, including one capturing him and his beloved bike at the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“Today I reached Paris which marks the end of the first part of my trip,” he wrote.

He arrived in Paris after 150 days traveling by motorbike from Vietnam.

“Big thanks to you all, to the nice friends I met on the road and gave me great support. I do hope to see you again somewhere on the earth," he said.

“Thanks again for being a part of my trip, my dream and my life. From Paris with love.”

Sharing the news with Tuoi Tre News the next day, the Vietnamese traveler said Paris marked the halfway point of his journey to “explore the world” by motorbike.

After arriving in Paris, Khoa has been busy planning his onward route, expected to include Northern Europe, South, Central and maybe North America, and Australia, before returning to Southeast Asia and Vietnam in the next 365 days.

According to Khoa, the first chapter of his trip, which he began in June, covered 20,000km through 23 countries and cost him 500 liters of gasoline, 25 bottles of motor oil and one set of tires.

The countries Khoa visited included Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and France.

The 30-year-old said the trip helped him to “eat dishes [he’s] never tried before, play games [he’d] never thought of, witness castles, world heritage sites and landscapes [he] only saw on TV before or had never even heard of.”

It also gave him the opportunity to meet interesting people, and other travelers and riders.

Though he certainly had ups and downs, Khoa said the journey had given him some remarkable experiences.

One thing he felt lucky about was that he never met any serious accident or illness while on the road.

“It might require a lot of effort and complicated preparation, but it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible,” Khoa wrote in his Facebook post. “Pursue and fight for your dreams and what you believe is right. Never give up, because you only live once,” he added.

Check out the photos below capturing his journey that Khoa provided Tuoi Tre News:

A map showing Khoa’s journey from Vietnam to Paris
A map showing Khoa’s journey from Vietnam to Paris
Khoa passes The Swiss Alps
Khoa passes The Swiss Alps.
He arrived in Europe just in time of fall
He arrived in Europe just in time of fall.
Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy
Khoa met an old friend, Fabio, in Ligura, Italy. “The first time we met was in Pakistan and we were going in opposite directions. I was heading to Europe while he was making his way to Asia. Now he’s home and I’m still on the way”, Khoa captioned the photo
Khoa met an old friend, Fabio, in Ligura, Italy. “The first time we met was in Pakistan and we were going in opposite directions. I was heading to Europe while he was making his way to Asia. Now he’s home and I’m still on the way," Khoa captioned the photo.
Khoa and The Memo on Santorini Island, Greece
Khoa and The Memo on Santorini Island, Greece
Khoa’s bike The Memo at the Caucasus region near the border of Georgia and Russia
Khoa’s bike The Memo in the Caucasus region near the border of Georgia and Russia
Bouzonville, France
Bouzonville, France
A “fairy scene” in Luxembourg
A “fairy scene” in Luxembourg
The luggage of Tran Dang Dang Khoa
The luggage of Tran Dang Dang Khoa
The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
The ancient village of Masouleh in Iran
The ancient village of Masouleh in Iran
Khoa said he was escorted through some dangerous areas by Irani police
Khoa said he was escorted through some dangerous areas by Irani police.
Changing oil in Sukkur, Pakistan
Changing oil in Sukkur, Pakistan
Stopping by Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stopping by Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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DONG NGUYEN / TUOI TRE NEWS

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