Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang, Vietnam

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.


Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam, things to do in nha trang, what to do in nha trang, natrang 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.

So, if you get a chance to stay at Hoa’s Place in Da Nang -do it!Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam, things to do in nha trang, what to do in nha trang, natrang Vietnam

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.

Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam, things to do in nha trang, what to do in nha trang, natrang Vietnam

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

We head north up the coast; layers of mountains cutting up into the horizon and turquoise beaches resting tiny fishing villagesMotorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam, things to do in nha trang, what to do in nha trang, natrang Vietnam with colorful boats and innocent smiles.

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.

 

 

A Dead Motorcycle + Pouring Cold RainMotorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam, things to do in nha trang, what to do in nha trang, natrang Vietnam

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

Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam, things to do in nha trang, what to do in nha trang, natrang Vietnam

– thank you Jesus!

Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam RELATED LINKS:

Return to Home from Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam

Read Other Adventures from Journey of a Jungle Girl

Click Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -to Read about more stories like Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam

Thank you for reading my Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang Vietnam!

Comments

  1. Love those coastal photos… so beautiful! Wow… that’s a crazy story about your motorbike breaking down -where you both sharing 1 bike? How did they fit the motorbike in the back of a van? I don’t think that would happen here in the US!

    • Thanks Jenny! Yeah I am still not sure how they fit the motorbike in the van – it was a marvel to us as well – but some how they did – thank goodness! (: Wonderful fun though! (:


  2. nangobi recently posted..Land Evictions in CambodiaMy Profile

  3. This impresses me:

    “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.”

    I wonder how you start a trend like that!? we sure could use that here in America! everyone’s too busy working too hard. Do they do yoga in Vietnam?

  4. Did you get to stop in Nha Trang and sight see much?
    It looks like a beautiful (if touristy) area. The cable car out to the Island looks like fun!

  5. Motorcycling in Vietnam sounds like a fun adventure 🙂
    Sophie recently posted..Anne Frank still speaks to usMy Profile

  6. This is so true:

    Unplanned adventures are a very important part of backpacking and traveling around the world!

    I really like your site! -lydia

  7. The Nha Trang Video guide and those photos from Mai Loc are incredible… what a talent he has!
    I found an interesting interview with him -here’s a bit of it – (I love your travels and site! -Katie)

    Driver: In March of 1995 a Norwegian couple, Gunnar Simonsen and Eva W. Mellquist took a cyclo ride with you. How did your relationship with them develop?

    Loc: I spoke a little English, and they encouraged me to keep learning. They gave me energy and advice, and when they left Vietnam they gave me a ring. Whenever I looked at that ring I felt encouraged. In 1996 they came back to visit me, and in 1997 they attended my wedding. They gave me a solar powered Canon camera as a wedding gift.

    Driver: And your career in photography began with that solar camera?

    Loc: From that camera I learned to take photos. In 1998, just before Gunnar died of a terminal illness, he sent me $6,000 to start my own life. I started a motor taxi tour guide business. Whatever I saw that was beautiful in my eyes, I decided I should try to take a photo. Friends saw my photos and encouraged me to make postcards and enter photo contests. In 2002 when Eva returned she was surprised and happy with my success. As a present, I gave her some of my photos. Back in Norway Eva presented the photos to some galleries, and they wanted me to come over for a show. It is very hard to get a visa in Vietnam, and took many years to get my visa. In 2006, the Nordiclight Photo Festival in Kristiansund, Norway invited me to attend, and with the support of the Norway Photography Association and government officials, I finally got a visa. I went from August 17 to September 13, 2006. I still can’t believe I went to Norway.

    the rest of the interview: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travelblogs/491/54279/An+Interview+With+Vietnamese+Photographer+Mai+Loc?destId=357846

Trackbacks

  1. […] Little did I know this would not be the last and that there would be another adventure driving a motorbike in Vietnam. […]

  2. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  3. […] Read Other Adventures from Journey of a Jungle Girl Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  4. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  5. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  6. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  7. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  8. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

  9. […] Motorbike Adventure in Nha Trang, Vietnam […]

  10. […] Read about more stories like Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam -Motorbike Adventures in Nha Trang Vietnam […]

Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge