Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bike Ride Day 16 - Phong Nha

We started the ride from the farmstay and used their bikes to give the Bonus a bit of a break! We were riding Minsks for the day; it had to be done before we left Vietnam.

So we left in a trail of smoke and set off into the jungle.

The ride took us into the Phong Nha - Khe Bang National Park along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The road we took was technically off limits to the public but they must have some agreement to use it. We then visited the “8 Lady Cave” before heading to “Paradise Cave” which was far more impressive than the cave the day before. It is vast in every dimension; only the first km is open to the public but it goes in another 13km!

Then, what better to do after a hot days driving than cool off in a pristine spring. The water surfaces from underground 100m upstream and so is very clean. The water comes from somewhere but the source is unknown, however, they think it comes from Laos. After a nice ride back to the farmstay, we tucked into some spag bol and enjoyed another sunset.

At the farmstay, we met some guys who were doing the opposite to us and heading north on their bikes, so was good to swap stories.

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