Half an hour after Hai Van Pass, we had another stop over along the highway. It was on a ridge overlooking the verdant paddy fields. The place was high enough that you can see the surrounding countryside. Towards the horizon the South China Sea loomed large. While the brilliant fields of green spread before our feet.
The ridge also overlooks an unknown train stop with the tracks moving away from us. It seems like a really peaceful farming town. To the right of the fields is the town itself, with its own church. Really very idyllic. I would have loved to drop by that town sometime if we weren’t so high up.
It was also at this point that our guides started talking more about themselves. Both of them were married and with kids. They are part of a group called the Easy Riders and they basically take advantage of Vietnam’s poor public transport to carry tourists around the country in their own motorcycles. He then showed us his book of testimonials, attesting to the quality of service they provide. Well, it is doubtful that he would go to the extent of fabricating these testimonies, so I will just take his word for it.
This will be the last stop before we reach Hoi An, there are still a couple more hours of riding to go before we get there. I’m already very tired from riding the motorcycle, but there is no way I can sleep on a moving motorcycle, so rest will have to wait. But for now, Hoi An beckons!