Last Big Hill: Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Buffalo Run Day 2

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

I woke up drenched. I guess sleeping in the jungle with temperatures ranging from 85-100 with no power will do that to you πŸ™‚

Quickly exchanging my pajamas for hiking clothes, I headed out for coffee and breakfast.

Breakfast was this interesting slightly-sweet fired pancake..

 

Cuc Phuong National Park

 

 

Ignoring the fact that I had digested no protein, I got ready for our 6K (~3.7 miles) hike. For me that meant…

Sunglasses, check

Water, check

Camera, check

Ready to go!

 

Here is the map of the route:

 

Cuc Phuong National Park

 

 

Doesn’t it look so easy??

Here we go…

 

Cuc Phuong National Park

 

 

Ha. Those blue mountains on the map weren’t kidding, you literally walk up and down mountains. Every time we finished a hill I would ask Johnny,

 

“How many more hills?”

 

and he would always say,

 

“Just one more”

 

I think I group finally figured out,

 

Never believe Johnny πŸ™‚

 

About halfway we came across the main event, the 1000 year old tree.

 

Cuc Phuong National Park

 

 

We also found a group of high-schoolers. They were very curious about us. I asked for one of them to take a group photo, but auto-focus isn’t as easy as it looks so the picture came out a little blurry…

 

Cuc Phuong National Park

 

 

When we finished taking our picture they asked if they could take a photo with us!!! I felt like a celebrity! Ha, I bet the caption of their photo was, “Look, we found sweaty foreigners in the jungle”

 

Cuc Phuong National Park

 

 

They even asked for selfies with some of the group, crazy!?!

 

The hike continued, and the we finally approached THE LAST BIG HILL. Man, was it a doozy. Β About 2 hours later (I think) we were back on flat ground and ready for showers!Β Once we were all relatively clean it was time to head to Ninh Binh for lunch and a boat tour.

 

Lunch…nom nom…so much food

 

 

Time for the boat tour! This area is often called “Ha Long on Land”, can you see it?

 

 

After about a two hour tour we drove to a local hotel for showers and dinner (oops no photos, but still an excess of food!).

Around 9 pm we boarded an overnight bus forΒ PHONG NHA!

 

Busy, beautiful, day πŸ™‚

 

What will Day 3 bring??

 


 

Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette

 

 

 

 

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Last Big Hill: Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Buffalo Run Day 2
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The second day of the Vietnam Backpackers Hostels Buffalo Run.
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