Just a brief update from Vietnam.
We had a great day today. Paths were rather treacherous again due to the rain the previous night, but it was drier, so more humid as well. We passed a few picturesque villages again and had lunch in a private home. As the rain had made the path up to tonight’s home stay too difficult to negotiate for the scooters carrying our overnight gear we had to repack our bags and take anything we need tonight and tomorrow morning in our rucksacks. Our accommodation is not too far from a waterfall with a lagoon, perfect for a bath. Some of us made the most of this and washed our hair and clothes in the lovely clean water – obviously with Lush soap so not polluting the river. We’re sitting here now enjoying our last night in a home stay with beers, gin and rum waiting for our dinner.
Above is a picture of the first members of our group venturing into the river and below are Roger and Jay van Bear with their rum. They are great company 🙂
We had a great day trekking today which started with pancakes for breakfast. Before we set off we discussed our options as the rain had made everything rather slippery. We decided to go for the “easier” option as the other would just have been too dangerous. The scenery was absolutely stunning and we passed a few beautiful villages in the jungle. It rained on and off all day which cooled it down a bit but also made the paths very slippery and at least half the group went down on their bums at some point. We had a long and hard but also our best day so far thanks to the beautiful scenery. There will be a full account of the trek eventually so I’ll keep this short.
The picture above is our first stop in the morning and below are Suzie’s bears Roger and Jay van Bear, who travel everywhere with her, sitting on their bed at our third homestay.
We’ve survived day 2 of the trek. A harder day today with 2 river crossings and rather slippery paths due to the rain the previous night. It did cool it down a bit so we were quite grateful really – even for the rain during the day.
We passed a few small villages and mostly trekked through lush green forests. Suzie and Sandra were adopted by a little girl who I think was quite fascinated by their blond hair.
More tomorrow – no time to write any more