Riding bus #5

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Riding bus #5

It had been too hot and humid to pedal bicycles very far so Andrea and I rode bus #5 to see where it went. We paid our 3,000 Dong fare (U.S. 15 cents) to an onboard ticket collector. The air-conditioned red and yellow city bus was clean and modern and traveled smooth and quiet. It had plenty of open seating after the morning rush hour. The route followed Tran Phu Boulevard along the beach then hooked inland around the old Nha Trang Airport (now a military base). At stops with no waiting passengers, or any wanting to disembark, #5 only slowed. We crossed the Dong Bo River on the Binh Tan Bridge, turned left, and eventually terminated in front of the Hon Ro market.

We searched the riverfront there for a possible ride back across the river in one of those round basket boats.

Fruit vender at the Hon Ro market
But those fishermen looked far too busy preparing their nets to bother with a couple of tourists looking for a one-way joy ride. Nearby, much of the Nha Trang fishing fleet off-loaded catches at a fish processing plant. After browsing the Hon Ro market we got back on bus #5, paid a new fare, then re-traced the way we came.

The route led back through the central traveler's area of Nha Trang then turned inland again to city streets. We passed the Dam Market before going back out to Tran Phu along the beach. Shortly after crossing the Tran Phu Bridge, the #5 line reached its northern terminus. From there it was a short walk along the Cai River to the Po Nagar Cham Towers, one of Nha Trang's main historic attractions. [Review in the works]

The Cham Towers dated from the 7th to 12th Centuries and had a strong resemblance to those ruins and temples of Cambodia and India.

Cham dancers
Three of the four towers were shrouded with scaffolding, undergoing restoration work. The hill-top had refreshment stands, a cool breeze, and nice views of the Nha Trang skyline and the mouth of the Cai River. We loitered up there for several hours. Only a handful of foreign visitors toured the site and a few local Buddhists entered the shrines to pray.  Colorful flowers decorated the shrines and the aroma of burning incense filled the air. A pair of Cham drummers appeared and began pounding a rhythmic beat. Then at 3:00 in the afternoon, dancers appeared, also wearing traditional dress of that ethnic minority.  Andrea and I enjoyed the free show for forty minutes or so then walked back to bus #5 for the ride home before the afternoon rush hour.

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Riding bus #5
Riding bus #5
Fruit vender at the Hon Ro market
Fruit vender at the Hon Ro market
Cham dancers
Cham dancers
Southern terminus of bus #5
Southern terminus of bus #5
The Cultural Center from bus #5
The Cultural Center from bus #5
Andrea at the Cham Towers
Andrea at the Cham Towers
Cham drummers
Cham drummers
Po Nagar tower
Po Nagar tower
Snack before the show
Snack before the show
Restoration worker
Restoration worker
This student wanted her picture ta…
This student wanted her picture t…
Cham drummers and dancers
Cham drummers and dancers
Traditional dress
Traditional dress
Watching the show
Watching the show
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