January 12, 2013 by brasiersarah
This was an amazing place to stay, casting its gaze over fields of rice paddys with hazened mountains in the backdrop. This picture is obviously not that view but this was where the whole place came together after a long day, employees, owners and guests alike. There is something about fires that brings people together for all the right reasons. If your not engrossed in deep conversation with someone or in a fit of laughter your gazing into the depths of the fire, watching it dance around until your pulled out of the trance by some smart arse comment or offer of beer. This is the place stories where swapped and friends were made somewhere I look forward to returning to.
Our first day of rest since we’d been in Vietnam. No trips, rides, hikes, trains, busses or tours booked. Just relaxing on the couch at Phong Nha
This is the view from the ‘Pub With Cold Beer’ something I thought never needed to be said. The idea of cold beer was only introduced when the Aussie who owns the farm stay helped set up the pub and revealed to them the concept of cold beer.
Not that the following pictures do the experience any justice at all… but this was one of the most amazing things either one of us have ever done. the majority of these pictures were taken in the first 1km of the cave and has stairs and lighting (as seen in pictures) the 7km we trekked has no infrastructure and must be led in there by a local who knows the cave, for quite a hefty price (well worth it however). There were all sorts of amazing geological things to see. And at the end of the 7km there is a opening to the sky where there is the start of a river underground. We swam despite the cold.
We were initially drawn to this area because we heard about the Biggest Cave in the world ‘Son Doong Cave’ which was recently discovered in 2009. We were hoping to trek into that however it involves lots of abseiling and other hi tech caving equipment to trek in there is very pricey and not available to anyone accept National Geographic and BBC and the likes for documentary filimg etc.
After a chilly little rendezvous kayaking and swimming into a cave during our tour of the national park we were welcomed back on dry land with hot soup and shots of rum. Mot Thai Ba Yo! (1,2,3, Cheers)