An Bang Beach, Vietnam
There's a gorgeous beach a short bike ride away from our homestay in Hoi An. For three days, Pete and I rode bikes over a long bridge, past lush rice paddies & down a casual street to An Bang Beach. The ride there is spectacular, with the local Vietnamese farmers working, smiling as we passed. One farmer shouted, "Buffalo!" at us as we were riding by and he pointed at the buffalo that was in the field working. It was hysterical! We caught the sunset one night on the way back. The sun set right over the rice paddies and it was breathtaking.
When we got to the beach, we locked our bikes in one of the many bike parking lots there. We walked to the beach, where there are many restaurants and bars lining the beach. There are lounge chairs that you can use if you're eating or drinking so we picked a couple and enjoyed some beers and passed time in the Vietnamese sun.
At An Bang, Pete and I spent time relaxing in the sun, swimming, and being tourists! There were some guys trying to catch waves but they were pretty small. I heard there are good waves near Danang but we didn't venture out that way this time. The beach was clean and beautiful and reminded of us beaches in California. One of the days there, I turned to Pete on our beach lounge chairs and said, "This is my favorite day on the whole trip!". And it was, even now when I look back on it. We felt free and simple, and we just enjoyed doing nothing.