Fostering friendship of Indonesia-Viet Nam through the love for motorbikes

Tuesday, 02/08/2022 15:47
(CPV) - "I am certain that doing something out of love will always be successful because it is done wholeheartedly," stated Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam, Denny Abdi, on August 1st 2022 at the Indonesian Embassy. That night, he welcomed the arrival of Indonesian bikers who had just completed their 2nd Wonderful Indonesia Motorbike Touring 2022 (WIMT 2022).

Source: Indonesian Embassy

After successfully holding WIMT for the first time in 2019, 18 bikers who are members of the Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) traveled across five countries—Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam—starting July 18, 2022. On Sunday morning (31/7), they arrived at the Cầu Treo international border in Ha Tinh Province, Viet Nam, bordering Laos, and were greeted by members of the Hanoi Motorbike Club.

Ambassador Denny Abdi appreciated the Hanoi Motorbike Club welcoming the 2022 WIMT group. "I remember the first time I met Mr. Tran Anh Tuan to convey the plan for WIMT 2022. He was very excited and conveyed his full support immediately," he added.

Tran Anh Tuan, Chairman of the Hanoi Motorbike Club and Vice President of the Vietnam Bicycle and Motorcycle Federation, recalled his first meeting with Indonesian bikers at the Cầu Treo border. He was impressed that the Indonesian bikers rode their motorcycles well and successfully passed challenging tracks at the Cầu Treo border.

In his response, Joel Deksa Mastana, the Head of the 2022 WIMT Delegation, said, "Vietnamese bikers were amazing; they escorted us from the border to Hanoi. It was a very memorable journey." The journey from the Cầu Treo border to Hanoi, covering around 390km, took almost ten hours.

Source: Indonesian Embassy 

Joel added that WIMT 2022 encountered many hardships: delayed arrival of the motorbikes, motorbikes breakdown in Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam, as well as accidents. However, he hopes this 4.500 km journey can benefit the countries greatly, particularly strengthening good relations between peoples, including the brotherhood of the biker’s community in Indonesia and Viet Nam.

Luyen Thi Hong Hanh, Deputy Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, expressed her appreciation to the WIMT 2022, who also brought various Indonesian products to be introduced to the Vietnamese bikers in Hanoi. She hopes that this activity can further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Apart from touring, WIMT 2022 also carried a special mission for promoting tourism and Indonesian MSMEs. In this regard, the bikers exhibited Indonesian products, especially motorbike' parts and accessories, namely Axson Lube, Rob1 (clothing-footwear-muffler), RSV Helmet, Maxxwire (booster device), and SDP (safer driving product), as well as sport tourism products of Indonesia./.

Khac Kien