Vietnam – Day 2, Part 1/2

After a good evening and good night’s sleep, little did we know that today was going to be the toughest day of the trip.

Morning started out slow with a trip to the caves on Babe Lake. The following are some pictures with captions of an interesting enough trip to the caves and back.

Walking to Babe lake for boat ride
Walking to Babe lake for boat ride
Fishing and...
Fishing and…
growing rice
growing rice

The two main sources of income on Babe Lake are fishing and growing rice.

Running homestays for locals and foreigners is also starting to become popular.

 

on the way to caves
on the way to caves
boats carry everything from village to village
boats carry everything from village to village

Like I mentioned at the start of this post is the fact that Babe Lake is not overrun by tourists and life for the locals appear to continue ‘as per normal’ – Pigs and all.

Bikes_multipurpose_vehs
Bikes_multipurpose_vehs

 

The caves were interesting enough and we were the only people in it so that was cool but to me the 2 hour boat ride was a bit too long.

Mining river sand 1
Mining river sand 1

On the way back however we did come across people who were mining river sand.

Drawing river sand through a pump
Drawing river sand through a pump

It was a community style project where a group of villagers were working together on a project that would help provide an income to their whole village of about 15 families. We all found this very interesting and spent a few minutes with them to understand what they were doing.

River sand mining operation
River sand mining operation

We got back to the homestay at about 12.30p.m, had another good meal and then started out at about 2 p.m. for the “real adventures” of that day…

 

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