12th Jun 2012
Vinh to Phong Nga National Park and Caves
Today we started the Ho Chi Minh trail. Actually there were many trails, probably a thousand or so that the Viet Cong used to dodge the Americans in order to supply the south.
More scenes of paddy fields and a variation was seen today of mechanised ploughs. Some farmers are using Chinese made single cylinder rotary hoes adapted for use in the watery paddy fields. We also saw some grossly overloaded barges carrying sand and metal chips. So overloaded that only a few centermeters of frreboard remained. That explains a few other barges we had seen earlier in the trip being recovered from the river by pumping out. A visit was made to a war memorial museum complete with graphics photos of the war plus a few captured war machines. Note that it is called the American war here not the Vietnam war.
Tonight saw us at Phong Nga and we took an afternoon trip up the river to the worl heritage Phong Nga caves.
|12th Jun 2012 Top of pass, Ho Chi Min trail|
|12th Jun 2012 The crew|
|Quyen (van driver), Hai (lead guide), Nam (trainee guide), Tap (mechanic)|
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