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View from a Bicycle Seat
This is the third part of our adventure and it did not disappoint either. With a view from a bicycle seat, my camera was running hot as it was a bonus to be able to stop at anytime when I saw a photo opportunity and because of this I’m giving the Tam Coc Bicycle Tour a thumbs up. It was an excellent finale for the day!
The monolithic mountains looked so dramatic against the water.
I managed to take some fantastic photos one handed as I peddled and bounced along a rocky and dusty road on a rickety old bicycle which was so much fun. It also came with the very important accessory; a handy basket that hung on to the handle bars. (a necessity for every bicycle) 😊
The Vietnam countryside sights of waterways and rice paddys reaching across to the monolithic mountains looked spectacular and because it was mid afternoon the mountains were screened by a hazy vision which added to the view.
The circuit covered approximately 5km of relatively flat land which began at the riverside near the Sampans boarding point.
It headed out of town on a relatively quiet bitumen road so this is where I honed my newfound skills of taking photos single handed while on the move. Even managing to take some selfies. 😊
What a brilliant little camera! A Nikon Coolpix P310. It fitted perfectly into my small hand for easy shooting.
It was great to view the local sights travelling at such a slow pace. One was an oxen drawn cart that was carrying tourists, I’m assuming due to their Caucasian appearance. Other typical sights were locals tending to the every day chores and I was lucky enough to see a flock of white ducks being corralled down the road by a local with a rather large stick.
This is exactly why I came to Vietnam. Brilliant!
In regards to the ducks: One could only assume that Peking Duck was on the menu or perhaps something a little more savoir fare, Duck a l’Orange?
Off the Beaten Track
Following our guide we made a quick right turn and ‘Indian Filed’ down a dirt lane and out onto a man made rock and dirt wall.
There was water on both sides which continued as far as the eye could see.
Now this was going to be a challenge. Maneuvering a rickety bicycle along a rock ridden road with one hand while taking great shots with the other!
Not to mention being careful as to not to bump into any of my fellow travelers or worse; Career down the embankment into the water. Bike, boots, backpack, camera and all.
Just one little set of the wobblies. Easy peasy, even if I say so myself. Although I did lag behind a little but that was due to too many photo opportunities (I just had to stop). 😊
By the end of the 5 kilometres (2.5 miles) my tooshie was just a bit tender. Ouch. Oh but what a day!
This third part of the day trip did not disappoint so I’m definitely recommending it and because of the three varying sections of this trip I’d larv to do it again!
Hanoi serves as a great hub to explore the Northern area of Vietnam so I will go back.
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