Day 3 | Mui Ne – Da Lat

Being in a beach resort means we got up too late, checked the breakfast quite extensively, Maarten went snorkeling and only then we left. A bit too late, so we would probably end up driving our last hour or so in the dark, which is not too comfortable. Besides  that it means a late arrival, late dinner (and most restaurants are not open too long) and a late sleep, resulting in a late start of the next day. So we decided this is the last time we wake up late. After today we get an early start, so we can enjoy as much of the daylight as possible (it gets dark around six).

First stop: fixing my scooter, some air hose was broken. It was not really fixed, but didn’t give any problems either.

In the sand dunes

In the sand dunes

Second stop: Mui Ne sand dunes. A small stroll around in the dunes after getting rid of the kids wanting to rent us some sliding device. A great ride along the coast and after that inlands. Hilly, no traffic, great views, perfect. Oh… and really nice riding weather, thirty-something degrees and a small breeze, sounds hot, but with the wind while riding makes it a splendid route, apart from the small piece of Highway 1. The HW1 just has too much traffic. Before we hit the HW1 we had phở bò for lunch. Yesterday they told us we had the best phở bò of Vietnam. Yesterday’s was good, today’s was better.

Day 3 route - or at least a rough indication, because our exact route is not on any map

Day 3 route - or at least a rough indication, because our exact route is not on any map

Getting directions

The road from the HW1 to Da Lat  we intended to use (found on Google Maps), we could not find. Our back-up road (from the road map), we could not find. During a small stop in a village we asked people how to get in Da Lat (HW1 being the uninteresting option) and they pointed us directly off the HW1 into the hills 🙂 Asking for directions, people tend to always give an answer even if they don’t know the correct road and even if they don’t even understand your question. Our current strategy: asking multiple people and choose the direction most advised, giving a higher value to people with some English speaking capabilities.

Riding in the dark

Not cool. No views and just more dangerous, because potholes are seen last minute. Getting directions is even more difficult.

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