The Road to Bai Dai Beach

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Passing boats
 

We followed the coastal road toward Cam Ranh Bay. The ride was spectacular by motorbike, being able to stop at will and snap a few photos of pristine rugged coastline. Right where the route cleared the hills, 25 kilometers south of Nha Trang, we turned left at a hand-painted blue-trimmed signboard reading 'Bien Bai Dai' in red letters. From a wooded parking area, sand-bag steps with bamboo railings led onto the beach. Thatched and tarped roof-tops stood taller than any I had seen in Cambodia or Thailand and shaded dozens of beach-side eateries for quarter of a mile. Beyond that, the beach became secluded for mile after mile where the turquoise colored South China Sea met the low-lying, white-sand, scrubby dunes of Cam Ranh Bay.

 

Only four other foreigners strolled the beach.

The birthday group
A few of the Vietnamese were Sunday beach goers from Nha Trang but most were families from the nearby Cam Ranh Bay military installation. They waded, splashed, swam, kicked soccer balls, posed for family pictures, ate, drank, laughed, and chattered. One neighboring table sang 'Happy Birthday'. Another young group arrived, one of the girls carrying a guitar.

 

In Nha Trang, the beach drops off steeply making undertows and currents potential hazards for us not-so-good swimmers. The Bai Dai beach sloped gradually seaward to make for a calmer swim. To dry, I walked  to the south end of the shacks and back. They all seemed to offer similar seafood which looked awesome but we had only stopped for the sunshine and beer. Tiger, 333, and Heineken were the main sellers. I was surprised how quick cans chilled in a cooler of ice. By late afternoon when the turquoise sea turned darker blue, we tallied the green empties under our table, paid our tab, and headed back to Nha Trang.

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Passing boats
Passing boats
The birthday group
The birthday group
View south from the road
View south from the road
Peninsula forming Cam Ranh Bay
Peninsula forming Cam Ranh Bay
White markers
White markers
Anchored boat off Cam Ranh Bay
Anchored boat off Cam Ranh Bay
Cam Ranh Bay fishing boat
Cam Ranh Bay fishing boat
Parking lot view
Parking lot view
Rooftops
Rooftops
Birds-eye view north
Bird's-eye view north
Looking south
Looking south
Dai Bai Beach
Dai Bai Beach
Hangin out
Hangin' out
The beach
The beach
Dai Bai view south
Dai Bai view south
Looking north at Dai Bai
Looking north at Dai Bai
Awesome seafood
Awesome seafood
Say cheese
Say cheese
Lucky shot
Lucky shot
Burning trash
Burning trash
Basket boat heads to shore
Basket boat heads to shore
North to Nha Trang
North to Nha Trang
Bai Dai
photo by: rotorhead85