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Stop 18 - Niñh Chu and journey back to China


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After a blissfully cool few days in Dalat, we jumped on a bus back down to the coast and into the heat. We were headed for Niñh Chu Beach, which was supposed to be very popular with the locals, but turned out disappointingly not to be the cleanest we'd ever seen; throughout Vietnam we have noticed a very different attitude to littering than back home. The bay was beautiful though.

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We hired a scooter for a day and with only a few, minor wobbles, drove north up the coast to the Nui Chua National Park. As soon as we hit the park the landscape got wilder and greener, and the road was incredibly quiet. We stopped off at a bay with a rocky outcrop made of moonrock (or maybe some sort of other geological formation...). Friendly locals gave us a few apples as we obviously looked like we were struggling with the heat (we were).

Driving further up the coast through the National Park, we passed a succession of beautiful beaches, driving along windy headlands. We stopped off at a very picturesque, working fishing village and for a quick dip at a beach before the heavens opened and we had an extremely soggy drive back. Soggy is a bit of an understatement...

It was a great last full day and we will definitely miss Vietnam with the amazing coffee, lovely people and crazy chaotic cities.

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The next day we embarked on a slightly ill-judged mammoth journey back to China. First, was a 27 hour train up to Hanoi followed by a few hours to eat, grab a sneaky bia hoi (daily brewed beer) and another train across the border to Nanning. This one was a mere 11 hours, but you have to lug your bags on and off the train at both the Vietnamese and Chinese borders - no visa issues for us this time! So, we were running fairly low on sleep when we arrived into Nanning, before collecting our tickets for our ~4 hour train to the city of Guilin, where we collected our tickets for our 1.5 hour train to Yangshuo, after which we got on the 20 minute shuttle bus to the town of Xingping. By this point, we were running very low on both sleep and energy and had to walk across town to the river to catch a 5 minute ferry over the river. Finally, all that was left was the 20 minute walk through the farmland to our next WorkAway destination!

Posted by Chloemillen92 01:55 Archived in Vietnam Tagged beach train vietnam scooter ninh_chu nui_chau

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