Sand dunes

Sand dunes

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Some impressive sand dunes lie six kilometres south of the river, at the southern edge of Phan Rang Thap Cham city. Unlike Mui Ne’s famed dunes, which are usually crawling with tourists, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only one struggling up these formations.

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Indulge your inner Lawrence. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Indulge your inner Lawrence. Photo: Cindy Fan

The dunes “doi cat Nam Cuong” can be approached from either the east or the west—either way, expect to get lost and for some difficult motorbiking through sandy trails. The drive is not for novice bikers, and it requires just the right amount of soft pressure on the gas and balance, especially if there’s a passenger on the back. You’ll likely also have a few points where you will get bogged and have to get off to push the bike forward while applying some gas.

If approaching the dunes from the east, head south from Phan Rang Thap Cham, crossing the An Dong bridge and following the road down the coast. You’ll pass a near endless row of fish and shrimp factories and warehouses. From the bridge, after around four kilometres, look for any sort of access lane to your right leading west, usually a nondescript sandy trail. It’s a meandering zig zag through a maze of baby shrimp farms to reach the rise in the land and dunes, which should become visible. There’s a random cafe—park your bike and walk up the sand from there.

Your other option is to go via An Hai village, northwest of the dunes. The trail is no less sandy but you will likely pass more people who can point you in the right direction. On that note, as of April 2016, where “doi cat Nam Cuong” is marked on Google Maps is incorrect. Use our map for ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.

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