1. Quang Phu Sand Dunes, April 2018. I still can’t believe I had the balls to drive a moto! Anyone who knows me is only too aware that I’m not a driver, in any shape or form. And if you don’t know me, trust me, I’m NOT a driver… in any shape or form. But sometimes circumstances push you into taking desperate measures. I was eager to get out to Dong Hoi’s captivating sand dunes and becoming increasingly frustrated at my failed attempts to hail a taxi for a reasonable price. “You can borrow our moto if you like”, said the woman behind reception at Nam Long Hotel.
2. Quang Phu Sand Dunes, April 2018. That twenty-minute drive probably sits among the most anxious experiences of my life. I got honked at several times for being too slow and there were a couple of bends I nearly misjudged spectacularly. But in the end I made it and, having dismounted and parked, it all felt worth it as I began my ascent.
3. Quang Phu Sand Dunes, April 2018. Quang Phu was totally deserted that afternoon, not a single soul to be seen. It was hard work trudging up to the top, about a one hundred meter climb which soon reduced my bike to a mere micro machine as I gazed back down at the way I’d come.
4. Quang Phu Sand Dunes, April 2018. I was knackered by the time I reached the top. Much to my relief there was an invigorating breeze, which went nicely with some guzzling from my water bottle. The views were wonderful: flat green farmland, a patchy river, rolling dunes and a recently constructed holiday home village overlooking the sea.
5. Quang Phu Sand Dunes, April 2018. Getting my breath back, I sat there for a bit taking it all in, shooting the above video and writing Lay-tun-tun in the sand. Then it was time to make my way back down… back to civilization… back to that damn bike.
For more on this cool city, check out my other articles on stuff to see and do in Dong Hoi.
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