I awoke on our second day of our Vietnam Easy Riders tour a bit weary from our late-night karaoke but ready for the road ahead. Our second day of the trip would take us from the pine-covered hills of the Central Highlands to the seaside city of Mui Ne.
Noodles for Breakfast
As a westerner it always seems a little strange to slurp down noodles for breakfast. But after a few weeks in Vietnam I came to understand the restorative powers of phở; it really is the perfect hangover cure as well as a filling breakfast.
One thing I loved about having Vietnamese guides was becoming privy to many cultural quirks. At breakfast I found out you shouldn't put fish sauce in phở (oops!).
The guys also gave us a mini chopstick tutorial which I kind of passed. Kind of.
After breakfast it was time for yet another agricultural tour… hooray. This time? A coffee and tea plantation.
Coffee pods. Joy.
Stopping for Coffee in a Mountain Village
The next coffee-related stop was much more interesting- we actually got to drink some!
While in Vietnam I became a veritable Vietnamese coffee addict- the combination of rich drip coffee and condensed milk is pure magic. Plus, sipping it at a tiny mountain village homestay while gazing at misty mountains makes the coffee taste even sweeter.
Coffee-drinking aside, we spent the better part of our visit playing with an adorable baby who our guide kept calling “The Buddha Baby.” Despite the photo below she couldn't stop smiling.
After the plantation it was back to the open road.
Our simple and delicious food cart lunch we got roadside- all this for less than $2!
Nha Trang White Sand Dunes
Our final stop of the day was Nha Trang's white sand dunes. While walking to the dunes we saw an ostrich-riding pen. And although a backpacker had recently shown me his enviable GoPro video of ostrich-riding, I opted not to partake- it just seemed a bit cruel.
But we did opt to ride quad-bikes. The otherworldly golden dunes seemed so out of place in Vietnam- they were a cross between the majestic Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan and the Sahara desert.
Five seconds into the ride two Vietnamese kids inexplicably jumped on our bikes and insisted on driving… I guess tourists can't be trusted with the bikes? Fair enough.
After the white dunes our guides offered to take us to the Red Sand Dunes and the Fairy Springs but I vehemently shook my head- I was exhausted and needing a soft bed.
On my one and only night in Mui Ne, we splurged on a room at the ritzy Thuy Thuy resort. But a splurge in Vietnam is a $45 room, so we only paid $22 each! Not bad for a tastefully decorated, air-conditioned suite with a pool, hot tub and gym, right?
Overall I absolutely loved my tour with EasyRiders though I could've done without quite so many agricultural tours. Our guides, Yo and Linh were the funniest, sweetest guides who not only kept us safe on the road but gave us great insights into Vietnamese food and culture.
Have you ever done an EasyRiders Tour? Would you?
Viet Challenge in no way paid or perked me. The tour costs $65 a day and I can't recommend it enough!
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