Life is a highway
Trip Start May 17, 2010
32Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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The first place I visited was called Tam Coc. The scenery in the area is spectacular, a small river winds its way around and through enormous limestone cliffs. Rice and lotus grow up and down the edges of the river. I hired a boat to take me down the lazy waterway, one of the craziest things has to be watching these women drive the boat. It is a flat bottom row boat, but the twist is these women operate the oars with thier feet. The ride itself is quiet other than the flocks of ducks who have made thier home here, it is such a nice change to have the air fragranced with the perfume of lotus' rather than fouled with the smell of rotting food and garbage.After arriving back in town that day I decided to head out for a little walk and ended up stumbling apon the local market
The next day I decided to head out to Coc Phuong national park. It was about 1 1/2 hour drive on my rented moto, and about 10 km of that was downt he infomaous highway 1. Traffic on this road is intense to say the absolute least. Trucks and buses pass eachother with absolute reckless abondon, I survived but I also imployed the old woman style of driving, stick to the shoulder and let everyone pass. The rest of the drive out there was through Vietnamese countryside, rice, onoin, beans and other crops were being tended to by the locals in thier familair round straw hats.
The park itself was again, quiet. I picked out one of the hiking trails and went for a tour. Even though the area is sub-tropical and the jungle isn't the same as what I had experienced in the south it was still increcibly thick. At points I don't think I could see more than 3 or 4 feet into the bush