My time in the clinic finished – I decide to head south to see more of Vietnam and to experience a Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam.
Da Nang: Hoa’s Place
While in Da Nang I had stayed at Hoa’s Place and I highly recommend it.
At $5/night it is the only cheap place right on the beach with friendly staff and fascinating travelers.
Long runs on the beach at sunset, bonfires under the full moon, live music by travelers and night swims in the phosphorescence filled waters.
Many people stay longer than intended but with the fancy hotels trying to push Hoa out – it may not be around much longer.
Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam
I met an Austrian girl, Sarah, at Hoa’s Place and decided to meet up with her again in Nha trang (south of Da Nang).
Arriving in Nha Trang in the pale light of early morning, it seems the entire town is out exercising.
Old and young alike doing group exercises, jogging, playing football or simply trolling arm in arm and taking in the first rays of a new day.
This is a common sight all over Vietnam as the Vietnamese seem to truly respect each new day and value the human bodies need for health and exercise.
Sarah and I stayed at Han Hotel – affiliated with Han Tours (highly NOT recommendable – see places to stay in Vietnam).
We decided to rent a motorbike for the day to explore Nha Tran.
Exploring The Coast of Nha Tran
Each new cove brings a glimpse of the next and soon we find ourselves 100km north of Nha Trang, high in the mountains, surrounded by minority villages.
Finally, we resist the ever beckoning horizon and turn the bike around.
Turning around faces us into a torrent of rain, massive drops penetrating to our freezing bones.
Suddenly, the bike cuts out and refuses to start again.
I put it into neutral and managed to coast down most of the mountain but reaching a flat leaves us stranded in the middle of nowhere with no help in sight and the rain coming down hard.
Another biker comes by but is also unable to start the bike.
I pray the bike will start.
Just then a minibus taxi, headed for Nha Trang, comes over the mountain!
– from where?!!
Before we know it our motorbike is thrown in the back of the van and we are stuffed between locals and safely delivered –for quite a steep price – back to our hotel in Nha Trang
– thank you Jesus!
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