Tour or Boot Camp?: Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Buffalo Run Day 1

Monday, May 25, 2015


The Buffalo Run is a tour organized by Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, running from Hanoi, Vietnam down the coast to Hoi An, Vietnam. I wanted to do this tour because:

  1. I needed to get from Hanoi to Hoi An
  2. I figured I would want a break from making every decision
  3. I wanted an adventure tour that would push me to do things I wouldn’t normally do on my own


” To do things I wouldn’t normally do on my own”


My famous last words….

Day 1:


The day started tame with a long bus ride to Cuc Phuong National Park. During the bus ride I met my fellow tour-mates (pictures to come later!):

  • Our tour guide, Johnny
  • Aurie and Morgan from Richmond, VA
  • Alex and Juliane from Quebec City, Canada
  • and Adi from city name, India

Once we got to the park we visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and the Turtle Conservation Center. In Asia, primates and turtlesΒ have been hunted, and continue to be hunted in order to become someone’s next meal or medicine πŸ™ Many of the species are endangered and on the brink of extinction.

Think about that? An entire species, just gone…




We then had a epic lunch. So much food. The dishes just kept coming…I love this country.




After a little rest,Β the adventure began. We were going to mountain bike to our home for the night, a house in the jungle. As you know from my previous post, “Little Bit Wobbly: Bicycle ride in Luang Prabang”, I am not very skilled on a bicycle. So aΒ 20KΒ (about 12.4 miles) bike ride seemed daunting, but I was assured, by Johnny, that it would be relatively easy and mostly downhill.

The thing about downhill….there is always a hill you have to go up first.

OMG I WAS DYING. The heat and humidity were already doing their best break down my spirit, but add in massive hills up a mountain and I was done, I will not lie to you, I walked up most hills, and the last mile or so was one big hill so I “rollled” into our jungle home at an ambulatory speed πŸ™‚ ha.


I may have been last, but I did it!


There are no pictures of this adventure because,

  1. I was a disgusting mess
  2. My camera/bag were WAY TO much to carry on a bike, my body weight alone seem excessive.
  3. I was hardcore focused on not falling.


OH. I the middle of this biking fiasco we visited a cave where people live over 7,000 years ago!Β The cave was awesome because it had its own natural air-conditioning, ahhhhhhhh.




Back to our jungle home….





Similar to lunch we had an epic dinner.




My fellow tour-mates went for a nighttime hike, but being slightly afraid of the creepy crawlersΒ that would be out and about at the time, and being extremely exhausted I stayed at the jungle home to SHOWER and SLEEP.


View from my room:





What will Day 2 bring? Will I get my a** kicked all over again πŸ˜‰



Love always,

Arianna the Wandering Pipette





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Tour or Boot Camp?: Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Buffalo Run Day 1
The first day of the Vietnam Backpackers Hostels Buffalo Run.

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