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Swimming in Chocolate…well kinda…Phong Nha Caves

We were setting off from Hue to go north and inland to Phong Nha caves, famous for being part of the largest cave system in the world and for a geologist like Ryan an all round amazing stop on our trip. Our hotel wanted to charge us $8 for the very great privilege of taking us there directly, including picking us up from right outside. We were having none of it, convinced we could do it cheaper under our own steam. So we set off in a taxi to the local bus station, caught a bus to another town called Dong Hoi, got lost, fought off a travel agent who really really wanted to sell us an organised tour, walked across town in the rain to wait for another local bus to take us to Phong Nha caves. Guess how much it costs all together? You guessed it $8! But hey that’s what travelling is about…right?!

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Its a pretty big cave….

 

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A bamboo cabin on the sand…Bai Xep Village

Bumping along on the local mini bus, the guy in the seat in front of us was practicing bad magic tricks on his neighbours, while the guys behind were smoking out the windows, we where on a hunt for a small village that even the locals hadn’t heard of. A week earlier in Saigon, whilst sipping coffee and waiting for a 6:30am bus, we crossed paths briefly with two overly awake and perky brits, who handed us a business card and told us to find the place on it.. now if that wasn’t a reliable recommendation, I don’t know what is.

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