Saturday, January 14, 2017

Day 3 - Let's Cycle to Hoi An from Da Nang

After staying here for the first 2 nights we had to leave for Hoi An. We left some of our stuff here as we will be back here again in 3 days time.
A delicious chicken and beef noodle with plenty of green vegetable, the weather continued to be wet with drizzle on and off.
The coffee shop that we had for our breakfast and there are many of this kind of shop in the area.
The wet day persisted and we continued to move on.
Taking shelter at this coffee shed, this time the rain was rather heavy, fortunately it did not last for long. After finishing our coffee we proceeded with the pedal. The lady operating the coffee business was also having a good sale of raincoats, we could see many unprepared motorcyclists stopping by to buying these raincoats.
We not only used the secondary road we also used narrow alley of such.
Marble Mountains at the coastal area that is renowned for stone-cutting and sculpture which is about 9km south of Danang.
 One of the accesses to the mountains. The caves within the mountains hold many secrets including bullet holes from when troops used to spy on the US soldiers relaxing on My Khe Beach below and buildings standing within the caves.
A cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble, Marble Mountains are a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples.
The surrounding development and new sights of Da Nang at Non Nouc Beach.
We stopped by at this homestay for a coke, had a chat and were introduced to this place for future stay.
We enjoyed the ride meeting the locals on their bicycles from young to old. The weather suddenly turned better. The houses here are relatively new and road are new.
Hitting a new engineering structure, a beautiful bridge at a remote part of Da Nang.
The veiw from the bridge overlooking the Marble Mountains and a river.
As we went deeper into the interior we could see older settlements, narrower roads.. It seems like an old village settlement.
More and more roads encountered with flooded water some passable some not.
The surrounding houses are unique, small with interesting design and each having a plot of land in front of it. 
We made a couple of turning back rides due to the flooding condition and this was one of them. We were advised by these people to use other way, my plan was to use the route along the water line to get to Hoi An. 
Another road that we had to skip and turn away.
We bumped into this mobile bao seller several times on the road and the last time we saw him was when we stopped for a coffee break. His bao was steaming hot, meaty and delicious.
This old settlement has a pottery village nearby but due to the flood we were not able to visit it. This place looks pretty popular with many locals trading and marketing at the road side.
Then the rain came back again as we were getting closer to the ancient town of Hoi An.
The sight of the ancient town crowded with foreigners and indeed a testimonial of a popular touristic place in Da Nang.
We were supposed to cross the river using the bridge in front but it was impossible to do so, the alternative mode of transport was just right in front of us.
The boat ride to Long Life Riverside Hotel and goodness we will be staying there for 2 nights in this condition. I was glad we managed to reach Hoi An by bicycles despite the wet and the flooded roads.

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