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Mar 12, 2017 - Jungle trip

I'm sorry I left you for so long but here is why. We travelled to the Phnong Nha National Park yesterday. The way we got here deserves an article itself but I'll put the last 2 days into one. We left yesterday morning from Da Nang where we spent 1.5 days not doing much. I mean, literally just walked around and ate. We had planned to come to Son Trach which is a small town within the NP but we didn't know how to get here. We read lots online but none of them made sense. So we decided to go to the central bus station and see..well,we...

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Mar 9, 2015 - The Great Cave Trek

Thrills! Spills! Jungle!, Mud!, Leeches! and a giant Cave! Well after several grueling days (23K and 24K steps, 1400 and 17oo stairs), we are again back in the land of soft beds and internet connection. We started out trek by traveling up into the mountains on the now paved Ho Chi Minh trail, receiving our very own pair of Jungle Army boots (very attractive). Then we journeyed into the jungle; beautiful, humid, filled with wild orchids, and amazing butterflies. The jungle is trying hard to retake the trail that we were on, with vines and...

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Mar 7, 2015 - Phong Nha Homestay Day

Today we generally regrouped around the fabulous Phong Nga Homestay. It is a great establishment out in the rural area, surrounded by rice fields which are a wonderfully lush bright emerald color now. The lodge was built in 2010, but looks as if it has been here many years, with high ceilings, beautiful tall glass and native wood doors, big porches, hammocks, comfortable beds and friendly Australian and Vietnamese staff. We walked out into the countryside; getting up close and personal with some of the local flora and fauna. Barb and I came...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Phong a Nha

Set off this morning firstly to Phong Nha cave. Boarded a boat and went up the river to the cave, boats able to go into the cave and dropped us off. An impressive cave with stalagmites and tites. Back on the boat and a 45 minute drive into what they call jungle but more like bush into the hills. Passing farms growing rice, tapioca, maize, peanuts, rubber trees, and plenty of water buffaloes. The next cave was called Paradise Cave. Carts like golf carts except larger carrying about 10 people driven by young girls who drove very fast take you...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Phong Nha

Left hue today to head north. First stop was the bridge separating north from south. a huge memorial on the south side of a mother and child waiting for her husband to return from the war with palm leaves behind her. we walked over the old bridge as they have built a new one. Our guide for the past 6 days is from the South, but caused complications in his words as his wife is north Vietnamese. His parents found it hard meeting her parents as her father had been a general. Generally there is still a division between north and south...

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