Lava Hot Sand: Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Buffalo Run Day 5

Friday, May 29, 2015


We got to sleep in! How exciting!

Instead of breaking-bread at 8 am, I had a delicious fruit bowl around 10:30 am. Oh, the little things in life πŸ™‚ After breakfast, we piled into a van to check out theΒ Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest Pagoda in Vietnam.

You know that feeling you get right before everything falls apart? Well, driving the the Pagoda, I had the STRONGEST sensation that it was going to be a bad day.

And man was I right…

We got out of the van.

Took some photos.




and then I heard a rattling noise…


OMG. The filter on my camera had disengaged from the ring and was hitting my lens. I first thought, “Oh, I’ll just take off the filter, no big deal!”


The filter was 100% stuck to my lens. Now I was grumpy. Johnny was talking about the Pagoda and its significance but I literally heard nothing, all I could think about was my camera.

Still thinking about my camera, we piled back in the van to head to the beach. Every few minutes I would again try to remove the filter, but by the time we pulled up to the beach I had decided to give up. I didn’t want the filter to “scratch” my lens so I put my camera away and enjoyed the beach.


Walking towards the beach

Walking towards the beach


The beach was BEE-E-A-U-TI-FUL! And since it was a “private” beach, meaning you had to pay to access it, it was pretty much empty when we got there. The only downside….

The sand was burning lava HOT.

Anytime you wanted to go in the water you would sprint between the shade spots from the umbrellas and then make the final sprint to the water.




Leaving the beach I was excited to get my camera fixed! When we got to the citadel, Johnny and I headed to a camera store that we had passed the night before when checking out the sunset, and everyone else went to explore the citadel. At the camera store the young lady explained that she only sold camera parts, but that she knew someone who did repairs. She gave Johnny the address and we were off!

On the way to the shop we passed the citadel and an AMAZING sunset!








OK. So, the camera shop was slightly terrifying. Check out his work space…



The man eventually asked if he could break the filter to get it off, and I said of course! The filter was cheap, but the lens was precious. THEN HE STARTED SAWING THE FILTER. I had to look away. I was so scared.

But after 5 minutes of painful sawing and some twisting, HE DID IT. He got that stupid broken filter off my camera! Feeling a MILLION TIMES BETTER, I headed to dinner with the group.

At that point the day went from totally awful to totally amazing because;

  1. My camera was working!
  2. The sun had set, therefore for the first time since waking up I wasn’t sweating profusely.
  3. The restaurant we went to had a 2-for-1 deal on Tom Collins, probably one of my favorite drinks πŸ™‚

They restaurant even let me take my 4th Tom Collins “To Go” πŸ™‚





When traveling, there will be good days and there will be bad days, but…


Luckily my terrible-awful day turned into a totally-awesome day πŸ™‚


Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette





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Lava Hot Sand: Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Buffalo Run Day 5
The fifth day of the Vietnam Backpackers Hostels Buffalo Run, where we explore Thien Mu and a Hue Private Beach.

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