Published: May 25th 2012May 25th 2012
Making it to Mui Ne finally after my adventures with the Coffee Girl and nearly being stuck in the middle of no where with no money, I was excited. Mui Ne is the Kite Surfing capital of Vietnam, this did not go to plan though with no wind and from talking to a few people wind not expected for a while and the overall season had been pretty shit, spew....
I caught up with Jazza (mentioned in my other blog), who was also travelling with Maartrten (20 odd year old Dutch guy), they both had met a couple in their previous travels that had also bought a motorbike, Rob (late 30's Canadian) and Meagan (33 American). So I had a few drinks over the next few days with my new group of friends.
With the winds not playing the game the only real thing to do was check out the Red and White Sands. These were sand dunes near the coast and one afternoon Jazza, Maarten and I headed out to check them out. With the locals telling us the White Sands were the most impressive for sunset, so we set out one afternoon with the sun setting hopefully
around 5:30pm. We arrived on time with the plan to walk up the dunes but when I saw the local kids riding motorbikes up and down the sand dunes I had a great idea of doing the same. Jazza and Maarten weren't too sure about this idea but if one was in we were all in. This was great fun trying not to get the bikes bogged and keeping up right. For the other boys this was pushing their skill level with only ever really riding motorbikes since being in Vietnam, but they did really well and we all made it to the top without anyone crashing. Go Team!!! Sunset was a little be dampened by some clouds but still managed to get some great photos.
That was pretty much the highlight with Mui Ne, really spewing there was no wind but you win some lose some. So off to Dalat I went. The others left the day before me as I was hoping by chance some wind might come in, not to be. So off to Dalat I went and somewhere along the line I think I missed my turn and with asking locals was told
to take a road that wasn’t on my 3 maps of Vietnam I had. This ended up being great as I was in the middle of no where going through little towns and meeting some great locals. Ohh and the scenery was amazing! Asking locals on other motorbikes every now and again making sure I was on the right track I came across a really friendly Vietnamese man who invited me to get some lunch and come visit his work. Being the friendly person I am I accepted and it was off to his work first. As it turned out he worked for the local schools building new classrooms so I had the chance to meet some very excited kids in school. With big Hellos and smiles everywhere, I got a few photos then said my goodbye to go get some lunch. On the menu for lunch was Pho Ga (Chicken noodle soup) with Chicken stomach and intestines, yum! After my duck egg adventure I was a little bit hesitate but I gave the intestines a go, stomach I passed on. The intestines were actually pretty good, chewing and tasted quite nice. With our stomachs now full we said goodbye
and I continued my way to Dalat.
Dalat I visited my last Vietnam trip and it was were I met my guide Quy from Easy Rider that took me from Dalat to Saigon on his motorbike for 4 days, highlight of my last trip. Once again I found the Jazza and the crew and managed to share a room with him and Maarten to save some coin. I had told the guys about my last experiences with Easy Rider and before we knew it we met some Easy Riders that organised a ride around the Dalat region for the next day with the others, I passed as I had done this with Quy last year. The next day I managed to find Quy, it was so funny because he was sitting down outside the Easy Rider shop having a coffee and I came up to him with my hand out for a handshake and saying “Hello Quy”. He looked blankly at me and said hello back while shaking my hand, 2 seconds later his face changed to complete surprisement with a huge smile and the handshake turned into a big hug of embracement. It was so cool
to just surprise him like that and he said I had made his day coming back to visit. With a quick catch up we organised to meet after he finished work for dinner and drinks. That night dinner was great, laughing just as much as we did last year on our ride. I told Quy this time I had bought a motorbike of my own and he looked at my maps circling all the towns and giving me a list of hotels I should stay at and visit. Mr Quy kind hearted, good man I am thankfully to call me friend.
With one more day in Dalat Jazza, Marrten and I went c annoying, this is abseiling but down waterfalls, way cool. With a couple of practise runs on a steep hill it was time to hit the real thing. The day was jammed packed full of fun with water sliding down rivers and off the edge of waterfalls, plus the abseiling and finishing off with an 11 metre cliff jump into the water below, Awesome!!
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