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Song Cau

SONG CAU

Tel 057

The village of Song Cau is an abscure place that you could easily drive past without ever noticing, but it’s worth stopping if you have the time. Near the village is an immense bay, a beautiful rest stop that attracts both foreign and domestic tourists.

Tourist doing the Nha Trang – Hoi An run often make a stopoff for brunch in Song Cau, and some visitors decide to spend the night. Song Cau is along a notorious strech of National Hwy 1 dubbed the “Happy 16 Kilometres” by long distance truck drivers. It was so named for the vast number of “taxi girls”, who ply their trade by the roadside along this stretch.

An amusing thing to do here is to take a boat trip around the bay. The Bai Tien Restaurant Hotel can help arrange a boat for six people that costs about 30,000 per hour. There are some lovely secluded beaches in the area, including Bai Tro (Tro Beach), which can be reached by boat, or a scenic drive south of Song Cau through rice fileds, fish farms and over rickety wooden bridges. Ask for directions at the restaurant.

Places to Stay & Eat

Bai Tien Restaurant Hotel (tel 870207; doubes US$12) has rooms with hot water. This privately run hotel and restaurant complex is built on stilts over a fish farm on the bay, which makes for an atractive setting.

About 100m south of here is another seafood restuarant also woth trying.

Getting There & Away

Song Cau is 170km north of Nha Trang and 43km south of Qui Nhon. Highway buses can drop off and pick up here (with luck), but most travellers will probably arrive by chartered minibus.

If travelling with your own wheels, consider taking the newly completed coastal raod between Song Cau and Qui Nhon; the scenery is stunning, and there are several good beaches en route.

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