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Phường Chày

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  • Day18

    Phong Nha Lalala

    August 30 in Vietnam

    Heute den Botanischen Garten in Phong Nha besucht. Eher ein Dchungel gewesen...Wasserfälle, Tiere und Schmetterlinge - ein Traum! Leider hat sich einer aus der Truppe den Zeh gebrochen...das hat die Stimmung etwas gedämpft. Die haben wir dann mit Bier und Livemusik wieder hergestellt!

    Mit dabei: Robin, Jonas, Marlon

  • Day92

    Phong Nha Ke Bang Nationalpark

    January 11 in Vietnam

    Über 4 Stunden waren wir im Bus unterwegs bis wir endlich im Phong Nha Ke Bang Nationalpark angekommen sind. Nach dem Mittagessen ging es dann auf ein kleines Holzboot und nach 30 Minuten haben wir die "Phong Nha Cave" erreicht. Hier sind wir dann zunächst mit dem Boot reingefahren und haben uns die Felsformationen angesehen. Später ging es dann auch ein paar Meter zu Fuß. Es war wirklich sehr beeindruckend und alle waren total still und fasziniert von der Atmosphäre in der Höhle. 😊
    Die ganze Region mit den großen Karstbergen gehört u.a. zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Daher wollten wir es uns nicht entgehen lassen, obwohl es ziemlich kalt und auch anstrengend war, da es am Ende auch wieder 4 Stunden zurück nach Hue ging, um am nächsten Tag den Nachtbus nach Hanoi zu nehmen. 😄
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  • Day36

    In the morning we had no idea whether to stay another day, do one of the crazily expensive tours through more caves or just move on to our next destination. So we decided to check out anyway and get on with our day. First stop the infamous Duck Stop. Now, I would like yo remind you... Phong nhã is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having some of the biggest and most beautiful caves in the world, the scenery is beautiful, but guess what is Number 1 on Trip Advisor... A Duck Stop. This is where visitors can feed and hold ducks, get a duck massage (they put feed on your feet and the ducks nibble the feed) and take many pictures of the cute waddling creatures. Well we just had to go and Elaine was particularly excited. So we scootered all the way down winding and bumpy country roads. When we arrived all 200 and odd ducks were waddling around looking very happy being fed by some tourists. We found out that the cost was 50,000 đồng, so we decided to just watch Elaine have the time of her life. It was pretty fun to watch to be honest 😀

    Next stop, vegans look away now, the must experience Cold Beer Pub. Fromthe innocent title on a hot day you'd thing "Oo this is just what I want on a hot day", well actually it's not so famous for it's cold beer than it is for its "Catch, Kill, Pluck and Cook a Chicken". Well we were hungry... Don't worry, we didn't do it!! If completely honest I was very much intrigued and up for doing it. I feel if you eat meat you should know and be able to do the full process. When we got there however we watched a video of the previous group doing it and it was horrific. They didn't give them a sharp knife and let's just say it was even crueler than killing it in one clean cut. So we just had good old noodles for lunch instead 😀

    Afterwards we want on a little scooter ride around around a village, along the river, stopped for a quick beer at the bomb crater bar and then headed back to town. We then went to Brian and Elaine's Hotel, which had a lovely rooftop to book our night bus to Tam Cốc and enjoy a couple more beverages. The hotel were so kind and then invited us to their family dinner! It was an absolute treat!!

    We then jumped on the sleeper bus, which for once wasn't horrific and I was actually able to sleep a bit! We arrived at 4am to To Tam Coc but luckily we had already told the hotel our arrival time and they let us check in so we were able to have a good couple hours more sleep!
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  • Day35

    Phong Na Höhle

    August 11 in Vietnam

    Hallo ihr Lieben,

    Minde und ich versuchen gerade unseren heutigen Tag in Worte zu fassen. Es fällt unheimlich schwer!

    Also erstmal vorweg ein paar Worte zu den letzten zwei Tagen... Am Donnerstag ist die hoffentlich größte und einzige "Katastrophe" des Urlaubs passiert... Wir haben online ein Busticket gekauft für eine 15 Stündige Fahrt von Ninh Binh nach Hue. Der Bus kam nur leider nicht und wir standen 90 min am Highway und wussten erstmal nicht weiter. Mit dem Taxi ging es dann schnell zum nächsten Bahnhof, wo der nächste Zug 22:25 (also in 10 min) kommen sollte. Zu allem Pech war er schon voll ausgebucht. Naja, das war die Kurzfassung, die damit endet, dass wir eine weitere Nacht im Hostel verbrachten und bis zum Freitag warten mussten.. Am Freitag dann haben wir nachempfunden, wie sich wohl ein Tiertransport anfühlt auf eine harten Liege auf engstem Raum 😅😅

    13 Stunden dauerte die Fahrt nach Hue. Hue ist die ehemalige kaiserliche Hauptstadt Vietnams und bietet daher viel Kultur und Sehenswertes. Leider werden wir nun nicht die Zeit haben, die Zitadelle hier zu besichtigen nach unserem Bus-Unglück, durch das wir ja einen ganzen Tag verloren haben.

    Hue hat mich sehr beeindruckt! Wie immer liefen wir Freitag abend den Weg vom Bahnhof bis zum Hostel zu Fuß, um Geld zu sparen. Und auf diesen 3,7 km konnten wir eine kleine romantische Stadt am Fluss bestaunen. Die bunten Lichter der Stadt spiegeln sich im Wasser. Es gibt hier viele tolle Brücken und Grasflächen am Flussufer. Sogar Fischer mit Stirnlampen sind nachts auf dem Wasser unterwegs. Der Spaziergang war das Beste, was wir machen konnten.

    Nun zurück zum heutigen Tag:

    Die Höhle Phong Na ist eine 7km lange Sandsteinhöhle in einem riesigen Nationalpark mit 1000 weiteren Höhlen. Man kommt nur mit einem Boot hinein. Sie ist 5-6 Millionen Jahre alt und für mich war es wie eine Reise auf den Mond gemischt mit Knochen und Fäden, die von der Decke hängen. Unbeschreiblich schön! In der Höhle sind unsere Videos besser als die Fotos, also werde ich euch die später noch zeigen können. Vielleicht posten wir auch heute Abend noch mal einige Fotos von Mindes Handy.
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  • Day67

    Phong Nha

    June 17 in Vietnam

    Phong Nha was so much fun! It’s a town surrounded by mountains and caves in the countryside which not much around but the town itself is buzzing The main thing we did there was go to the duck farm where we go duck massages, got to feed the ducks, throw the ducks and ride the water buffalo. After trying to ride a motorbike I crashed into the rice paddy (see picture of my foot). We did a lot of partying too, definitely one of our favourite places.Read more

  • Day53

    Scrapes & japes in Phong Nha

    April 17, 2017 in Vietnam

    I have become an unrecorded statistic, it's happened - I fell off the damn bike and scraped myself up. Annoyingly it wasn't even my fault; a car came round the corner too fast and I had to swerve to avoid it hitting me, so ended up in a heap on the tarmac and a smashed phone. It was a country lane too so it was unfortunate that the car was even on it - I saw about three in a couple of days- typical. You'd think it would be on a main road but no, the quietest road there. The bastard didn't even stop! Anyway I was lucky, I'm absolutely fine, just a few cuts in the arms and legs and will probably sport a small scar or two which makes a story. That's that, it happened, it was painful and annoying, but I'm still alive so onwards!

    On to more interesting things - Phong Nha is stunning, I'd go as far as to say it's one the most picturesque places I've been in Vietnam. Apparently it's where they are filming some of the new King Kong movie - I can see why, it's all lush green jungle and high cliffs encompassing caves and taverns. It's really enjoyable just riding around the area (when you're upright 😶). The weather was overcast but it didn't really matter and gave it an eerie atmosphere.

    There's a number of caves in Phong Nha, some that have only been discovered fairly recently. On the first day I went to the boringly named but beautiful Phong Nha cave. We had to join the locals on a little boat. It was me and one other Westerner - the locals loved it and insisted on taking photos of us with them. The little boat goes along the river then makes its way into the cave for about 20 mins. The cave was huge with loads of interesting rock formations and caverns. We got out for another 20 mins and wandered around it a bit before heading back for lunch.

    In the afternoon, we went to the more creatively named Paradise Cave, previously the largest cave in Asia. It was massive and you could walk 1.5 km within it. Apparently the cave is actually over 30 km long and you can do special tours to see more if you wish. The scale is ridiculous, I'd have been there all week! Paradise Cave was breathtaking though with massive stalagmites and rock formations that looked like frozen waterfalls, it was like walking on an alien planet. People used to think Paradise Cave was the biggest but they have recently found an even bigger one. The catch is you have to pay over $3000 to visit it and trek for miles - I passed on that particular tourist activity.

    The following day apart from my little incident, I also visited the Dark Cave - aptly named becuase it's pitch black inside. This was more of an activity-based visit and included ziplining and venturing down into the cave where there was loads of liquid mud. We were given hard-hats that resembled a childs toy and a headtorch which gave off about as much illumination as a lighter - the group was large though, so the combination of light showed the way. As we descended into the mud, everyone covered themselves and we looked like a bunch of swamp monsters in the dimly lit cavern. It was quite weird and you could float in it strangely - it looked like melted chocolate but I wouldn't reccomend tasting it - it definitely wasn't Wonka's chocolate factory! The way it just naturally occurred in the cave was cool though. After getting outside, we messed around on some climbing frames in the water to clean off a bit before driving back through the breathtaking Phong Nha scenery.

    The amusingly named Tam Coc was next - a tiny picturesque town near Ninh Bin. Arriving at 4 AM from the sleeper bus - we waited for an hour before being transferred to the hostel. The waiting room was half finished and looked more like a crack den than a bus office - somebody get the builders in! Once in Tam Coc we went on a boat ride which was pleasant despite the nagging for tips. Loads of Asian tourists on the passing boats kept taking sly photos of us. They love it - I must be in so many random photos. If I did it the other way round I'm not sure it would go down too well. 🤔

    We had to drive to Ninh Bin town to find an ATM. It was like a pilgrimage for the elusive cash machine, we finally found one tucked away on the side of a small road. I thought Ninh Bin town was a bit rubbish so was glad to get back to the beauty of Tam Coc. In the afternoon we rode to a massive Pagoda, it was awesome, relatively new and very ornate. There were hundreds of Buddha statues there and a couple of huge golden ones that rivalled Bangkok. It was also much less touristy and the views at the top were brilliant - worth the ride.

    Back on another bus to Hanoi next.
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  • Day156

    In der Höhle

    February 4, 2017 in Vietnam

    Durch eine Spalte im Fels, das Drachenmaul, gehts in das Innere des Berges. Durch einen hohen Felsdom folgt der Weg dem Lauf des Flusses, vorbei an herrlichen Tropfsteingruppen. In der Höhle wird das Dach des Bootes geöffnet und der Motor ausgestellt. Wir werden bis tief in den Berg gerudert und dann auch wieder zurück. https://1drv.ms/v/s!AiUv8teodO-roFwgqgUB9CJsrbB4
    Ein Stück der Höhle können wir zu Fuß erkunden und bis zum Ausgang laufen. Mit dem Boot gehts dann wieder zurück zum Ort.Read more

  • Day88

    Phong Nha

    November 27, 2016 in Vietnam

    Met een lange slaapbusrit (best comfortabel) kwamen we aan in Phong Nha. Dit dorpje is bekend door alle grotten in de omgeving. Sommige grotten zijn pas net gevonden en sinds kort toegankelijk voor toeristen. We zijn naar de Paradise Cave geweest, een kilometers lange grot die op sommige plekken 80m hoog is. Daarnaast zijn we ook bij de Dark Cave geweest, deze grot staat onder water en aan het eind is een natuurlijk modderbad. De omgeving van Phong Nha is ook erg mooi. We zaten in een super leuk hostel, met live muziek, sport, etc. Phong Nha was een vette bestemming!Read more

  • Day141

    Phong Nha, VNM

    January 18, 2017 in Vietnam

    Mit dem (überfüllten) lokalen Bus sind wir ca. 4,5 Stunden weiter in das kleine Dörfchen Phong Nha gereist. Der Nationalpark Phong Nha Ke Bang ist v.a. für seine großen und vielen Höhlen (hier befindet sich u.a. die größte Höhle der Welt! Da werden aber nur 500 Leute im Jahr rein gelassen und es kostet ein Vermögen) bekannt. Wir haben uns zwei andere angeschaut, die auch sehr schön waren. Die Paradise Cave befindet sich mitten im Nationalpark, daher war die Mopedfahrt alleine schon ein Erlebnis. Aber auch die Höhle selber war sehr groß und es gab schöne Tropfsteine zu sehen. Heute haben wir dann die Phong Nha Cave besichtigt. Zu dieser Höhle gelangt man nur mit einem Boot. Vor der Höhle wurde der Bootsmotor abgeschalten und es ging nur noch mit Menschenkraft weiter. Die zwei Vietnamesen haben dafür gesorgt, dass wir die Höhle ohne Motorenlärm genießen konnten und sind dafür fast zwei Kilometer gerudert.

    Nachdem wir hier einen Pausetag und zwei Höhlentage hatten, geht die Reise heute Nacht weiter.

    Ach ja: Gestern wollten wir beim einzigen Bankautomaten im Ort Geld abheben, um für das Hotel und die Weiterreise zu bezahlen. Bedauerlicherweise hat dieser nicht funktioniert. Nach langem Überlegen haben wir uns dann entschieden die 45 Minuten Fahrt (1 Strecke!) zum nächsten Automaten auf uns zu nehmen, da wir ohnehin noch ein Moped mit reichlich Treibstoff hatten.

    Wir haben es nicht bereut und haben noch einige schöne Eindrücke vom Landleben in Vietnam sammeln können. Für die Fahrt haben wir (endlich mal) unsere warme Kleidung aus dem Rucksack geholt und sind gut eingepackt (von Schiunterwäsche bis Regenmantel) durch den Regen ins nächste Dorf gedüst.
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  • Day85

    Phong Nha Cave

    April 5, 2017 in Vietnam

    Today was technically a free day but as a group most of decided to go explore the nearby Phong Nha Cave around 1pm after a sleep in and morning by the pool despite the rain. Can't let the weather stop us!

    We walked about 10 minutes to the river and hopped on a boat which took us on a 45 min ride to the cave entrance. The boat was rickety and powered by a gas engine, owned by a local couple. When we reached the cave entrance they shut the motor off and rowed through the cave instead. I couldn't tell how deep the water was for sure but it couldn't have been more than maybe 2 or 3 feet, these boats are very shallow riders.

    The cave is famous for it's part in the war. Locals would hide their pontoons in the cave during the day and take them out at night to transport supplies down the river. At one point the Americans discovered this and sent a number of pilots out to bomb and try to destroy the cave. Originally, the cave had long "teeth" that made it look like a dragons mouth but that has since been destroyed because of the American bombs and because of the weapons used by the Vietnamese to try and shoot the planes out of the sky. When we entered into the cave you could see the damage in the ceiling, the craters that are definitely not natural. It was a pretty interesting experience! We went into the cave about a km and then were dropped off at an area to walk a bit. The cave was also used as a hospital during the war and living quarters and we explored a bit of those areas. I especially liked the elevated "pools" that were carved into the stairs. I'm not entirely sure what they were used for but they were definitely intentionally created and I should google it later!

    After our walk through the cave we hopped back onto our boat and went back to town, and back to the hostel. I spent the rest of the evening catching up on writing while the others continued their drinking and socializing. I needed a bit of down time! At 9pm we caught a night bus and began our journey to Hanoi. Of course I had to have a dream about a bus crash along the way haha. It wasn't a nightmare though thanks to my lucid dreaming abilities but I chose not to share the dream with my travel mates in case they were easily frightened :p
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Phường Chày, Phuong Chay

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