Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 7, 2012

Phong Nha National Park

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Phong Nha, North Central Vietnam

Well I made it to Phong Nha National Park late this afternoon after another dramatic day. Half an hour out of Vinh and the chain comes off the bike. So I wheel it to the bike mechanic (Rua Xe) and he fixes it and sends me on my way. Then about an hour or two later coming down a hill near Pheo on the Ho Chi Minh Highway the chain breaks.

River Karst
River side karst

So I roll down the mountain and wheel my bike through this village but there is no bike mechanic. So I wheel my bike another kilometer to another village and some guys call me over and offer to fix my bike. They proceeded to fix the chain with a couple of spanners, a file and a hammer. They were fair dinkum bush mechanics.

View from Wharf
View from the wharf

Then I am off again and I stop about an hour later for some lunch and these guys are at this truck stop and have been drinking. One of them tries to ride off on his bike and his mates try and stop him. He gets angry and his mate punches him and wrestles him off the bike. At this stage I escaped before any more fisticuffs took place.

Dropping off nets
Dropping fishing nets

I eventually made it to the town outside of Phong Nha National Park and found myself a hotel with TV and Air-conditioning for nine bucks a night. I think they have wifi downstairs which I will try later after I finish typing.

Looking down river
Looking down the river

Tomorrow I may go for a boat ride through the cave. I forgot to mention that I spent four days in Vinh because it was pouring bucket loads of rain every day and I could not get away. There was flooding and torrential rain. It was like a monsoon I reckon.

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