Bai Dai Beach

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Basketboat coming ashore
 

I didn't know if the Honda Wave was genuine or a Chinese copy. It rode smoother and quieter than the usual motorbikes that I rented and cost 60,000 VN Đong for the day instead of fifty. But at US$3.26, I couldn't complain about the price. It had plenty of power too. Daring 40 mph speeds out on Highway 1 kept me in front of the pack, well clear of all but on-coming traffic. Northbound trucks and buses passing each other did not give way to the Wave and their deafening air horns were heeded with due respect .

 

I had previously found three routes to cross from Highway 1 to the beaches near the airport at Cam Ranh Bay; one overland and two on bridges. I was able to re-find the bridge that I was looking for and came out close to Bai Dai Beach.

Bai Dai with tide coming in
A group of expats were gathered there for the afternoon. Bai Dai didn't have the hammering surf and rip-tides like Nha Trang and was frequented more by local visitors. Its waters were calmer and more shallow, clear, and warm; sands, whiter.

 

Make-shift seafood eateries lined the beach for several hundred yards. The rickety thatched-roof shacks were rebuilt each year after seasonal storms and many were open for business. I found the westerners at the northernmost. Several were from Nha Trang; others, visitors from out of town or out of country.

 It was an ideal place for visiting with friends and their families. They soaked the sun, swam, or chatted while a red clay grill sizzled on a shaded waterside table. Beer, peanuts, and quail eggs complemented fresh crabs, clams, squid, chicken, and oysters.

 

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Basketboat coming ashore
Basketboat coming ashore
Bai Dai with tide coming in
Bai Dai with tide coming in
Rocks at the north end
Rocks at the north end
Boats at Bai Dai
Boats at Bai Dai
Basketboat on Bai Dai
Basketboat on Bai Dai
Basketboat paddle
Basketboat paddle
Boats on the beach
Boats on the beach
French-built longboard
French-built longboard
One of the Bai Dai eateries
One of the Bai Dai eateries
Bai Dai Beach
Bai Dai Beach
Bai Dai
photo by: rotorhead85