20 November 2016

EXPLORING NHA TRANG BY BIKE

Nha Trang | Travel Journal
An early arrival into Nha Trang meant extra time to explore, so we wasted not even a second, heading straight for a breakfast of ice coffee and pancakes before renting bikes to explore the town. I was so sceptical of riding a bike, having not ridden one for years and the thought of cycling along the hectic Vietnam roads was daunting. I want to say that you don't forget how to ride a bike and cycling on the roads was easier than expected but I can't. Nerves took over and I felt wobbly and unbalanced and felt threatened by the endless flurry of cars and mopeds that surrounded me on my tiny little bike.

We cycled for what felt like hours in the blazing heat to finally find the gorgeous Cham Towers and to be honest, once I'd had a little time to rest in the shade with a refreshing coconut water, I felt so much better. The views were stunning from the Cham Towers and as we overlooked the whole route we had cycled I was really proud looking down at the distance we had covered. It was challenging, scary and we did it without a map! We walked around and embracing the incense filled temples, feeling extremely peaceful and satisfied with ourselves before heading off on another adventure.


Our next goal was to find the Long Son Pagoda and White Buddha and we somehow missed the entrance so we continued down for a while before realising we were lost. It was surprisingly quite fun not knowing where we were and came across quieter roads, which gave me a chance to become more confident on the bike and soon we pedalled through small residential roads allowing us to see locals - it was great seeing people playing games outside homes and little shops and cafes open from living rooms. We finally found the giant White Buddha and after walking up endless amounts of steps, we were in awe of all the beautiful statues we saw. No doubt, one of my favourite days and I'm so glad I gathered the courage to get on that bike. Top tip for surviving the roads: cycle like a local. You can't be nervous and over-think it, you just gotta go for it! 


It's so much fun to challenge yourself and for $3 rental for the whole day, it was hard to turn down. We saw so much more than we would have by foot and saved ourselves a tonne of money than taking cabs. I can't say that I'm in a rush to get back on a bike but it's definitely a must do when in Vietnam. 


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