Dalat-Nha Trang: a classic ride for this Christmas

Dalat-Nha TrangAmong cyclists who tour around Vietnam, there are a few classics: the long ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City along road number 1, the tour around the Mekong Delta, the adventure in the Northern Highlands, the Ho Chi Minh trail and, for sure, the ride from Dalat to Nha Trang (or vice-versa, for the brave ones). It is quite rare to find a road where after a few hours cycling you go from an altitude of 1,500 meters to the sea level (literally to the sea) and that’s what you get when you go from the cool breeze of the quiet Dalat to the sun and the beach in Nha Trang, a little more than 100 kilometers (137 km according to Google Maps). And you can experience it with us on the upcoming Sunday Bike Ride trip from December 26th to December 28th.

If you come from a country where it is cold in Christmas and you miss it, you will find some satisfaction in Dalat. Not that you will see the snow (although it happens sometimes in Vietnam), but it’s not advisable to go out in the morning without at least a sweater or a jacket, and you will need some warm clothes for your first few kilometers of cycling. Not much, though, you will quickly warm up. Contrary to what could be believed, the road from Dalat to Nha Trang is not a mere and exciting way down where you will look with amazement at the speed counter of your bicycle. There is some of it, for sure, but there are also a lot of climbs (I don’t dare to use the word minor with some of them), a lot of ups and downs and some flat sections.

All of this through roads with not much traffic and some of the most breathtaking sceneries in Vietnam. It’s only after about 60 km riding from Dalat, once you have gone through few short but difficult climbs, that the big fun begins for the descent lovers. The road is not easy and riders without experience should use the vehicle support, specially under wet weather conditions. If the weather is  to good, and you like going down, you will have fun. You might encounter some braver cyclists who are doing the way up, which is another option to consider in the future if you are (very!) fit.

Author: Jame Healy
Author: Jame Healy

On the way to Nha Trang, after the way down, we will also have the chance to enjoy the sight of the Yang Bay waterfall, which is a bit off the main road but worth the detour. By now you will have felt the sudden change of temperature. Whatever warm clothes you were wearing when you started in Dalat or when you ventured into the long descent will feel heavy and useless and somehow you will feel in Vietnam again and far from the memories of cold and snowy Christmas.

Once in Nha Trang, we will have more than one day to rest by the sea, eat seafood and riding the Cable Car accross the sea to Vinpearl, in front of the beach. If you still have some energy left, you can explore some of the charming islands and bays around Nha Trang in Khan Hoa Province.

On the 28th, before going back to Saigon, you will have the chance to discover the countryside around Nha Trang by bicycle, a typical and relaxing Sunday Bike Ride that you will for sure deserve after all these adventures. Here you can find the full schedule:

Sunday Bike Ride 57th from HCM to Da Lat & Nha Trang 2days/3nights:

26/12/2014: 9:30 pm, departure (by car) at #xedapvietnam; 126 Dinh Bo Linh, Ward 15, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

27/12/2014: 6am arrive in Dalat, have breakfast / coffee while watching the mist of the town; Clay Tunnel tour before cycling into the coastal beach Nha Trang. 

12/28/2014: Join Sunday Bike Ride NhaTrang cycling tour to the Nha Trang countryside, lunch and vehicle to Saigon, expected arrival time is 12pm at night of the same day.

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