The South Side
Nha Trang Travel Blog› entry 54 of 126 › view all entries
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.
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.