Saturday, 25 June 2011

Bike Ride Day 19 – Hue to Hoi An

Distance: 180km
Time: 6 hours

An early start because even though we weren’t travelling a particularly long distance, we wanted to stop off at a few places along the way and drive along the coast rather than on HW1. Once we got out of the suburbs, things got a bit quieter and we found ourselves on smaller roads running through villages- the beach on one side, rice paddies and rivers on the other. This area also had lots Buddhist temples and cemeteries.

As we neared a spit at the end of the road, we could see a bridge over the water to the other side. The mountains in the background, the water and the boats in the foreground made for an amazing view and photo. As we drove, we passed beach, water, rice paddies and mountains - all the elements that make up Vietnam. Amazing!

This road then took us onto HW1 for a few kms before we turned off to go for a quick dip at Elephant Springs. The springs were too busy for our liking and we’d had to leave our bags on our bikes and weren’t too keen on leaving them too long.

We then took a very quiet road to Danang / Hoi An which we were told about by 2 Americans who we’d had a drink with earlier in the day. Once we got to Lang Co (known as the most beautiful town in Nam) we ventured onto the Hai Van pass (as seen in Top Gear!) It was amazing- beautiful views, winding roads up the mountains and a glittering coast line. Definitely worth doing once in your lifetime and only by bike- you won’t get the same effect in a bus or car!

We cruised into Hoi An  later that afternoon to see the sun set over the paddy fields- very nice!

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