Riding bus #5
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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.
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.