The North End
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I did a loop around Big Buddha on my way out of town. The back side of the hill was mostly lined with tin sheds of steelworks and industrial machine shops. Somewhere below the Buddha's left shoulder, a neighborhood market lined both sides of the street. I pedaled on out to the familiar railroad bridge, crossed it, then lingered for about an hour. After moseying past the signal station and exploring the tunnel, I went back to the bridge. All motorbikes or bicycles crossing it used the catwalk on the downstream side so I walked across on the other. It was a cheap thrill to see some of the other places I had explored on recent jaunts along the Cai River. I was especially glad to see that the rickety Vinh Ngoc bridge had been repaired after heavy damage and was back in service. I understood the routes and distances that those bikes had to detour.
The steel railroad bridge vibrated as motorbikes approached mid-span. Two fishermen appeared from under the north end, swam around a barbed-wire fence, and stole half a dozen coconuts. They floated them back around. The thieves were out of view of the guard who was watching me and the bridge from a wooden tower on top of the hill. A small flat-bottomed boat paddled under me. Finally, while inspecting a pile of boards and lumber across the tracks from the signal station, I heard the call I waited for. My train was coming - and from the north; through the tunnel.
I stayed on the north side of the river and headed downstream past the Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, famous for its mud baths.
I continued to the Thap Ba Po Nagar Towers and paid the 11,000 VN Đong entry fee.