The dark fruit are ripe. When you break open the fruit you can see the beans which are covered in a flesh that tastes similar to mango. I was hoping that there’d be a chocolate factory nearby but no such luck.
The rain did little to dampen the views though.
We had an amusing stop at a rail crossing. Although you drive mostly on the right here, that rule goes out the window as you’re waiting for the train to pass. You take whatever space you can find on either side of the road then as soon as the barriers are raised you’re off over the crossing, gradually merging back into the right lane.
Once we hit the coast we headed south towards our destination of Nha Trang. This final 30km or so was on the main highway 1 which proved to be the most sketchy part of the whole trip. The buses and trucks go so fast and often pull off crazy passing manoeuvres. There was a small lane for motorbikes but when a bus passes a truck in front of an oncoming truck it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. I think they feel like using the horn gives them a bubble of safety.
All and all we really enjoyed the bike trip. We definitely saw alot of scenery that would have been a shame to miss had we travelled the coastal route. 5 days was maybe a little too long for us, but the motorbiking itself was fantastic.
It was great to end it with a reunion with the Slades. Was great to have them join us for travels in Vietnam, thanks Simon and Gieve for the great time and all the laughs.