Lowlands of the Dong Bo River basin

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Fish farms
 

Two rivers empty into the South China Sea at Nha Trang - the Cai on the north and the Dong Bo on the south. The Cai is best for exploring by bicycle. Its banks are shaded by coconut groves, bamboo forest, banana plantations, and a variety of other tropical trees. But the Dong Bo enters the sea from a wider, flatter, wetland that is covered by rice paddies and fish farms. Hundreds of narrow levies make a distorted checkerboard pattern across the lowlands. Countless aqua-farm basins are shaped by the bends of the tidal river and one of its branches.

 

I found a way onto the maze at its southern end - about four miles from town off the highway to Cam Ranh Bay. Google Earth showed a small bridge from a village less than a mile to the west and I managed to reach it after several dead-ends.

Upstream bridge across the Dong Bo
An old woman collected my 1,000 VN Dong toll and I crossed the rickety bridge - on foot, to savor the thrill of actually finding it and to take a few pictures.

 

A dusty dirt road baked in the late-morning sun and led me back toward Nha Trang. It looked like the aqua-farms were of seawater on one side and fresh water on the other. The seawater canal was all but dry, being a low tide. A commercial shrimp operation lined about a mile of the road on one side. Black plastic lined the walls of their aqua-farm basins and paddle-wheel pumps stirred their waters. Most farms looked privately owned. One or two of those were drained, their bottoms dry cracked mud.

Scattered pumps, machinery, and fuel drums all reminded me of some of the remote and harsh places that I had worked in Alaska but maybe that was just wishful thinking by the scorching sun.

 

As the ground rose slightly, rice fields appeared on both sides of the road.

Farm house on the river
Across the paddies, I could see the green tree-line where the two rivers flowed. I followed several narrow paths that ended at private farms or houses. I was hoping to see someone working the fish farms or rice fields - close enough to see what they were doing - but no one stirred in the mid-day sun. Only a few white egrets flushed skyward from deep green grass along irrigation channels. Dozens of fluttering plastic flag scarecrows probably kept them off the paddies.

 

I finally came out on the paved Phong Chau Road. With my water bottle depleted, I stopped at a waterside eatery near its bridge for a cold beer, just over a mile from home. The morning ride covered eleven miles and took about five hours.

 

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Fish farms
Fish farms
Upstream bridge across the Dong Bo
Upstream bridge across the Dong Bo
Farm house on the river
Farm house on the river
Fish traps on the Dong Bo River
Fish traps on the Dong Bo River
Net
Net
Net on the Dong Bo
Net on the Dong Bo
Farm house
Farm house
Fishing in the Dong Bo
Fishing in the Dong Bo
Bridge
Bridge
Dong Bo on the right, fish farm on…
Dong Bo on the right, fish farm o…
Aqua-farm on the Dong Bo River
Aqua-farm on the Dong Bo River
The Silver Bullet and Nha Trang sk…
The Silver Bullet and Nha Trang s…
Spring colors
Spring colors
Drained aqua-farm
Drained aqua-farm
Irrigation canal
Irrigation canal
Farmhouse and cattle feed
Farmhouse and cattle feed
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Scarecrow in a rice paddy
Scarecrow in a rice paddy
Nha Trang skyline
Nha Trang skyline
Nice waterside stop
Nice waterside stop
Nha Trang
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