Let's Talk About Vietnam's Coastal Route
I have a strong affinity for the beach, despite being born in the city. Interestingly, throughout my entire life, I've found myself more captivated by the allure of the beach than the mountains. Whether it's mere coincidence or a deeper connection, my college years have been spent in proximity to a beach – specifically, Venice in North Italy. Italy, with its distinctive maritime character, holds a unique identity, and it's worth noting that Christopher Columbus was indeed Italian. This inherent connection has naturally drawn me to beach destinations. Exploring the coastal landscapes of Vietnam, especially riding along the shores, has proven to be an extraordinary experience for anyone.
The sea and the Vietnamese
Vietnam's history and distinctive traits are intimately intertwined with the sea. With an extensive coastline, an unfrozen sea, and a rich history of maritime trade with neighboring countries, the country's identity is deeply rooted in its connection to the ocean. Exploring the coastline provides a comprehensive glimpse into both the geography and culture of Vietnam.
Moving from the southernmost part of the coast reveals murkier waters, a less rugged coastline, and a somewhat bumpier ride. Progressing northward from Saigon, the sea transforms into a pristine expanse—crystal-clear, adorned with a vivid blue hue, abundant sunshine, and numerous breathtaking sandy beaches with soft, foot-friendly sand. The provinces of Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan offer particularly inviting beaches and scenic routes along the coastline, allowing riders to enjoy an uninterrupted view of the beach throughout the journey.
Rolling down the window and relishing the salty breeze during sunset or navigating on a motorbike adds a delightful touch to the overall experience.
Life in the towns and the demeanor of their residents exude a tranquil charm, contrasting with the bustling pace often found in urban centers. Along the coastal areas of the Central provinces in Vietnam, the cuisine is not only delicious but also remarkably affordable—a true reflection of the region's endearing character.
Embarking on the train journey from Danang to Hue offers a captivating experience, tracing the same route forged a century ago by the French. The scenic ride unfolds against a backdrop of beaches and mountains, leading travelers to either the ancient ambiance of Hue or the more modern, lively atmosphere of Danang, complete with vibrant bars and nightlife.
Nha Trang, with its captivating beaches, stands out as a destination worth visiting. Beyond the pristine shorelines, the city surprises with delightfully inexpensive draft beer bars and seafood establishments, making it a personal favorite. Venturing a bit further to Quy Nhon unveils a more laid-back ambiance, although caution is advised during the stormy seasons.