Bicycling in Nha Trang
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Traffic in Vietnam is insane, especially in the cities. There are taxi, cars and carries, honking their horn at every single occasion and there are thousands of scooters, buzzing on the roads like insects and jumping into every gap in traffic they find.
It was in the more laid back beach town of Nha Trang that we decided to rent bicycles to visit the two most important sites the city had to offer. It turned out to be a good choice. Traffic can be a bit hectic at intersections, but as long as you watch out and clearly led traffic know which way you want to go, there is no problem. We thought it was great to participate in the chaos for once. The only downside was that we rented bicycles without bells or horns, it would have been nice if we could have honked along with all the cars and scooters like everybody else.
Anyway, bicycles can be rented at the streets, we found a nice woman with a couple of dozens of bikes and after we chose two reliable steel horses (with a basket up front to hold the Lonely Planet guide that had the map), we were on our way.
Our first goal was the Long Son Pagoda, which we found quite easily. The pagoda was absolutely gorgeous, even though we had seen several pagodas through our trip in Vietnam. The highlight of the pagoda is located behind it, on top of the hill. It is a huge white Buddha, seated on a lotus flower.
Our second target were the Po Nagar Cham Towers. These towers were built by the Cham, who also built My Son. It was constructed between the 7th and 12th century, but this area was first used for worship at early as the 2nd century AD. Today Buddhists come to pray here, even though these towers were not originally meant as Buddhist buildings. They are wonderful nonetheless, and the fact that they are still used today gives it more character.
We could have continued cycling outside the city, but it was incredibly hot and the cool ocean and blistering sun were just screaming for an afternoon of doing absolutely nothing. This is the main attraction of Nha Trang, of course, the beaches, the pools and the bars.