Amazing and surreal
Published/Last edited or updated: 15th December, 2020
While backpackers often scurry between Mui Ne and Nha Trang, there’s a whole lot of coast to be explored in between. The relatively new coastal road between Phan Rang and Ca Na begs for travellers to slow down, get off the bus, get off Highway 1—and get onto a motorbike. On one side of the road, dramatic desert landscape; the other side ocean blue. And in the middle of the journey is one seriously spectacular beach.
From the southeastern edge of Phan Rang city, head south and cross the river over An Dong bridge (Cau An Dong). Head south along this road which follows the coast, passing baby shrimp farms, seafood factories and the sand dunes. The landscape transitions, becoming more empty and desert-like, civilisation fades and the smooth, unwaveringly flat and desolate road stretches out to a fortress of craggy mountains on the horizon. This area is an oven, the stifling wind like a dragon breathing in your face—Ninh Thuan is the hottest and driest province in Vietnam.
The road itself is a curiosity. The four-lane highway is obviously a more recent construction, and a wide footpath with struggling saplings flanks both sides—for who, we’re not sure, as there is almost nothing along this road. Built under the “if we build it they will come” philosophy of Vietnamese development, perhaps one day there will be resorts and theme parks, but so far no one is coming—and that’s a good thing for adventurous ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)
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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