Mud, Jungles and Trucks

Watch Now: A Journey Across Vietnam in the Toyota TRD Pro


June 9, 2017 Cars By Photo by Andrew Schneider

Life pro tip: if you are able to spend a week overlanding in the wilds and cities of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, with Toyota’s formidable TRD Pro Series off-road vehicles — Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner — do not, under any circumstances, not do it. The video above, shot by Andrew Schneider of Porch House Pictures should serve as more than enough justification. But if you require more, here are the details:

  • We covered ground in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital; the paddy fields and mountains of Ninh Binh; the nineteenth-century citadel of Hue; the coastal city of Quy Nhon; and Ho Chi Minh City.
  • There are very few ready-to-overland vehicles available from the factory that offer as complete a package and as much overall capability as the TRD Pro series. That’s inarguable. The fact that we bashed and bruised and muddied all the above with nary a complaint is a testament to their appeal.
  • If you’re having trouble, here are some words you’re no doubt searching for: Majestic. “Epic.” “Fun as hell.” “Bucket List.” “You lucky bastards.”
  • And you’re not alone — Toyota is so geeked about having adventured through Vietnam — with their own vehicles — that they made a badass and beautiful video series themselves. Watch it all, but consult a doctor first to be sure your heart can handle it. Behold the first installment, “TRD Pro Challenge: Vietnam / Epic Entrance,” below.

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