Vietnam by Motorbike Trip Day 5

From Buon Ma Thout we headed back out towards the coast.  Our first sightseeing stop was a rubber plantation. 
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The rubber trees are cut on one side so the sap leaks out.  This is collected and used to make rubber products.
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We also saw a cacao plantation. 
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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.
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Unfortunately not far into the day it started to rain so it was rain jackets / ponchos for everyone. Luckily it only rained for around an hour on our whole trip.
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The rain did little to dampen the views though.

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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.
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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.

We made it to Nha Trang and got to catch up with Simon and Gieve again for one last night.
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We had a great night with dinner and drinks then a couple of games of very amusing beer pong.
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Matt and Simon also got a bike taxi ride for the novelty rather than walking about 300m. The photo’s not great because the old fella was peddling too quickly.
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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.

Here’s our approximate route over the 5 days.
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One thought on “Vietnam by Motorbike Trip Day 5

  1. Thanks for the mention guys! Hope you aren’t missing us too much and are having some “alone” time between yas.

    We will be ready to catchup with ya in April and look forward to coming and staying in the spare room for a few weeks!

    Enjoy rest of the trip and start training for a beer pong reunion!

    Simon & Gieve

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