Dragon Fruit Farms and Salt Pans

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Really shoddy Vietnamese resort

Flag of Vietnam  , Nin Thuan,
Friday, March 11, 2011

REALLY didn't want to leave this morning. We spent 2 hours repacking the panniers and sorting out a massive pile of winter stuff we won’t need until New Zealand that Dan’s going to take home and hopefully G and C can bring out to Singapore. While we ate a final scrumptious breakfast and rehydrated with several delicious juices at Mr Tams, Dan decided to have a look at my bike and see if he could get it to let me use all of my gears again (I’ve not had the lower ones for a month). By the time we got back he’d had a go at everything and not only fixed the gears but somehow managed to adjust the breaks to work better despite the buckled front wheel. He pointed out that my back cassette is already completely worn out and it was new in Kunming – it’s amazing what a beating the bikes take doing such long miles. The bikes also looked so much better without big dry bags of stuff strapped to the back as well as the panniers. It really made is realise how much unnecessary weight we’ve carried for the last 1000 miles.

We were both very sad to say goodbye to Dan and Clare, but it’s been such a great break though and brilliant to have it all together. Our sore muscles wanted us to stay another day too, but we forced them to get cycling. It is SO hot on the road though. Fortunately we decided that morning to go the longer route to Ho Chi Minh along the coast. Not only was there beautiful scenery, but a cooling breeze. It will take 3 days instead of 2, but will be so much more relaxed. Tired muscles and a bit of headache from wine the night before mean that honking Highway 1 would be very, very bad!

Apart from beautiful deserted beaches and the lighthouse at Ke Ga, other amazing scenery included huge salt pans and later dragon fruit farms. We also made a very cute little friend at a drinks stop (see photo). We reached La Gi after 52 miles and followed signs to a resort. It turned out to be a Vietnamese one and pretty rubbish really – why have a sea-view beach bungalow with a tiny window? They were very friendly though and we were tired so we took it.

A drink on the beach followed by a random meal of unidentified meat slabs, fried chicken and white rice in the restaurant ended the day. Exhausted we were in bed at 7!

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jeff on

Beautiful! I was there in December for a month staying with local friends. If you want to read about it go to 'Jeffaugust@blogspot.com' to read my story.

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