The day started with me awake at 5am wanting to visit Du Hang Pagoda, Hai Phong to see the sunrise.
I don’t believe there is a better way to start your day than catching the sunrise, there is something inside me that is awakened when I see the sunrise. It’s so powerful and gives me so much energy for the day.
Having stopped back in Hai Phong at my apartment for the weekend, some friends asked if I would like to go for a day trip to Chau Ba Vang. This is a beautiful pagoda situated over looking a valley that seems to go forever(see the pics)
The trip was a relatively short one, just 1.5 hours motorbike ride. There was a convoy of around 20 of us. Most I knew from when I volunteered at an English centre in Hai Phong and some new faces from around the world. The centre attracts teachers from the UK, America, Canada and Europe. So it’s a diverse bunch with plenty of stories to tell.
On arrival at Chau Ba Vang Pagoda, the sheer size of the place blows you away. as most pagodas, they are set on the hill top over looking the land. So the standard climb to the top via steps was necessary.
As usual I was Periscoping the the days adventures. Showing the world the views, the pagoda grounds and from within the pagoda itself. My friend Tung (James) told the story of Budda for the world to hear. Very interesting and something I only found out that day.
So I was challenged to jump of a cliff at 100,000 periscope hearts!
Today was the first opportunity since I was challenged to actually do the jump. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this waterfall we were about to visit, it was located a short bike ride from the pagoda, then another short walk to the actual waterfall itself.
What I didn’t expect, sore bums and missing teeth!
For some reason I half expected a short walk to the waterfall. You know a casualish walk and then be presented with the natural beauty of the fall. What we all had was a difficult yet fun (for some) climb up through various water pools, climb up wet rocks, using vines as an aide to get up the rocks. It was a real team effort.
One of the Vietnamese girls slipped and cracked her tooth! ouch! others were constantly on there backsides due to slips. I manage to get to the top without any falls. I was absolutely saturated from head to toe in sweat and water. The heat was so so hot. Proper jungle territory.
When we arrived at the waterfall, it wasn’t that big compared to others I have visited, but all the same it was nice to look at and everyone was having a good time. In fact I was a little worried about jumping as it wasn’t deep, I could stand in the water with it submerging my body upto my chest. I had promised to do this jump, yet felt it was a little disappointing considering I’d likely die if I jumped from anything higher than 6ft.
Periscope was LIVE and my followers were watching
So I set up the broadcast and proceeded to make my way to the rock face to jump. On getting to the climb, I soon realised that I needed to jump out maybe 2 metres just to clear rocks! This was not going to happen, so I came down a level and jumped from there. I jumped making sure I distributed my body weight so I didn’t break any bones. As I hit the water my body sunk fast with my back smashing into the floor of the pool. Fortunately there was no rocks to really do any damage!
After some chill time, we then left that waterfall to go back down, following the same path. This time was a little more challenging. Going up rock faces seems easier than going down thats for sure. I slipped and twisted my ankle, it was one of those “is it or isn’t it broken” it was just really sore.
We found another pool that we missed somehow on the way up. There was no one there, so we had it all to ourselves. There was a nice rock for me to jump off too! No phone signal though to Periscope it. So I had a friend film it so I could upload here.
Let’s eat Vietnamese stylee
After a fairly long day, we headed back to Hai Phong for some dinner. All 20 of us sat around these tiny plastic seats and tables to be served some amazing fresh grilled duck. As with most restaurants in Vietnam, the food is dished up for you to help yourself. So you can eat as much or as little as you want. A couple of cheeky wee Bia Hanoi’s and we called it a night.
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