Nha Trang Travel Blog› entry 53 of 126 › view all entries
One fascinating benefit of having a bicycle was discovering that the rugged tropical hills on three sides of town are much closer than they first appear. It's less than a mile from the Nha Trang Beach to the inland edge of town. From there, on the Phong Chau Road, adventure began for another mile crossing the lowlands of the Dong Bo River basin. The rough route passed a short bridge, small town, and lots of rice paddy before coming to a T intersection at the base of the western hills. The huge hillside scar visible from town was a rock quarry.
I took the road south for another mile or more, bordering hills and wetlands. Hilltops offered lowland views of oddly shaped one- or two-acre fish farms along the Dong Bo.
Elevated trails narrowed as I zig-zagged toward a stand of trees that seemed out of place among the maze of ponds. The forest that I reached was a mangrove plantation bordering the river. Green shrubs and trees reflected on brown water. The tangled and twisted high-climbing tree roots made them appear to grow down from the sky and their wrinkled wood looked more like deer antler.