Cycling Day 85 – Phan Thiet to La Gi

Hundreds of kite surfers

Hundreds of kite surfers

After our epic day from the mountains to the coast we enjoyed having a couple of days off in Mui Ne. Mui Ne claims to be one, if not the, premier beach destination in Vietnam. The marketing team there have done a good job – the beach at the centre of the resort is small and under water for most of the day. They also earn extra bonus points for making Mui Ne the destination when the main action isn’t actually in Mui Ne but Ham Tien.  Anyway, putting all that aside the place was pretty good – lots of hotels, restaurants and people milling around creating a good atmosphere. Plenty of Russians and kite-surfers as per the billing.

We headed off fairly early to try avoid some of the heat on what was to be a fairly straightforward ride down the coast. Having done all the major climbs the only challenging part of today was the heat. There were a few short climbs but nothing significant.

Rickety old bridge

Rickety old bridge ‘Indiana Jones’ style

As we left Mui Ne we encountered lots of half built hotels and houses and fewer tourists. The success of Mui Ne seems to have taken business from other beach locations in that area. The beaches on the ride today were a lot bigger than Mui Ne but did have a unloved, wild appearance to them. We avoided Highway 1 pretty much all day which took us through farmland lined with dragon fruit trees. Initially I thought they were aloe vera but on closer inspection I noticed the unmistakeable colour and shape of dragon fruit. Someone very special to me once dressed up as a dragon fruit (it was a pink party) which helped in the identification.

The roads approaching La Gi were pretty rough but we still arrived pretty early with time to potter around town trying to suss out a decent place to stay and find some lunch. Only two days cycling left till we reach Ho Chi MInh City.

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