Blue Dragon rescued Luong from a sweatshop when he was 15 years old. By that time, he had been working for 1 year from 7am to midnight every day, and did not see the sun as there were no windows in that small room. He was trafficked when he was 14. He was the guest of honor at the Rally Indochina breakfast this morning. It is for kids like Luong that Rally Indochina is held. It took off at 10am from Hanoi and the bikers will ride on vintage Minsk and Ural bikes up to Dien Bien. It’s a great ride for a great cause!
Rally Indochina is Southeast Asia’s largest annual charity motorcycle adventure to raise money for the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to combat trafficking of children in Việt Nam.
This is the rally’s sixth year and the first time the route will head north from Hà Nội.
Twenty riders from around the world will hop on Minsk and Ural motorbikes to traverse scenic roads to Điện Biên, stopping at places, such as Mù Cang Chải and the Sìn Hồ Plateau.
An interview with Chris Cunningham – he participated in Rally Indochina in 2011. He will join this year’s rally with his wife, Mil Clayton.
- Why are you taking part in Rally Indochina this year after your participation in Rally 2011?
I loved touring Vietnam and have so many great memories of the 2011 Rally Indochina. When I became aware that the Rally was going to take a different path this year, I knew it was time to go back for another tour.