The South Side

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View from Nui Chut Hill
 

Out past the port area and cable car terminal, Nui Chut Hill overlooks a new housing development at the mouth of the Dong Bo River. The Nha Trang tourist map shows a road all the way around the hill and back towards town but the route was not so easy. Blacktop abruptly ended high above the construction site. A white wall separated the future community of condos and high-dollar homes from run-down shanties that were probably among the earliest of Nha Trang settlements. The fishing village sprawled from the Dong Bo River high onto the hillside.

 

Tiered 'roads' were little more than trails less than three feet wide. They descended steep and windy past tin-roof shacks, rock, and tropical vegetation.

Dong Phuoc Pagoda
I didn't see any motorbikes up there or even other bicycles. The brakes on my Misen 600 got a good work-out and I had to walk down several places to hold her back. The route widened as it leveled and eventually came out at the southern end of Vo Thi Sau Street.

 

I wasn't ready to head back to town yet so explored each alleyway toward the river. Blue crates of tiny silverfish stacked at one loading dock and I didn't know if they were destined for the market or waiting to be loaded onto a boat as bait. One fishing boat refueled there then took on a load of ice. The crushed ice was delivered from the back of a truck on a conveyor belt powered by a sputtering gasoline engine.

Another alleyway brought me to a new sewage project where odors were rank but views upstream well worth the stench. From there I spotted the colorful and majestic Dong Phuoc Pagoda which in turn led me to picturesque residential areas along the river. Clean and narrow lanes wound past small well-established homes that would add style and character to any sea- or river-side community. I finally reached the giant shipyard at the Binh Tan Bridge and headed back to town. 

 

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View from Nui Chut Hill
View from Nui Chut Hill
Dong Phuoc Pagoda
Dong Phuoc Pagoda
Port area
Port area
Hillside road
Hillside 'road'
Nui Chut Hill
Nui Chut Hill
Houses on Nui Chut Hill
Houses on Nui Chut Hill
Level ground
Level ground
Vo Thi Sau Street
Vo Thi Sau Street
Gas pump on the Dong Bo
Gas pump on the Dong Bo
Loading dock
Loading dock
Boat with fresh fuel and ice
Boat with fresh fuel and ice
Upstream on the Dong Bo River
Upstream on the Dong Bo River
Dong Bo River
Dong Bo River
Houses on Tan Hai Street
Houses on Tan Hai Street
Riverside charm
Riverside charm
Boatyard on the Dong Bo
Boatyard on the Dong Bo
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85