Sand in my Hair - Dong Hoi Vietnam
So this blog is about a small city called Dong Hoi, that we mostly spent our days by the beach, swimming in salty water and building amazing realms of sand. But the next day only MINE would be standing. (Because i trampled on the other's) HAHA i'm kidding, the tide actually rose and wiped the sand somewhat back to the normal position. Also there were three local dogs who really liked to growl at me when i got too close. And the reason why i got too close was that they were literally sitting within my buildings in the sand and making themselves comfortable.
Oh and while barking at me to move away.
But honestly, where's the logic?! You're going to get sand in your fur and my fortress is going to break and neither of us is going to be very pleased...so like please move? I'm so childish yes it was a fort but i was so proud of it. There were some very very famous caves nearby which was partially why Dong Hoi was so popular to tourists. We visited two of them. Paradise Cave and Dark Cave. UNFORTUNATELY we did not bring the Nikon camera with us and only relied on dad's iphone. We have been to Carlsbad Caverns which we hiked down around 2km below the surface. Then hiked around a breathtaking cavern called the 'Big Room' which is a natural limestone chamber almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 255 feet high. Yes i did search this up. But to me the paradise cave had even more beauty than the gigantic Carlsbad Cavern.
I wouldn't be able to compare two natural caves because each are so breathtaking you really can't decide. I can't show you this however through an iPhone. The second cave is called the DARK CAVE. And this one i have no photos of, not only because it was dark but because it was muddy. In fact we took a 400m really short zip line down to the cave entrance where we swam a while in freezing cold water and trekked barefoot across really sharp rocks into the murky dark water. Everyone in our group had strong headlamps to see where you went but other than our lights, the cave was pitch black.
And after following a muddy path we arrived to our destination. MUD! No literally, it was mud. After a while you're kinda like, 'hey...where did the ground go?!' And you're basically trying your hardest to walk without going anywhere in the cool substance. We would lay on our backs and be floating on basically a cushion of mud. The mud wouldn't allow you to sink, it wouldn't allow you to walk either. The feeling was like trying to move through cool not sticky honey but it radiates a sort of bouncy feel. Sometimes you keel over and have to paddle like a dog to find your centre of gravity again. IT WAS HILARIOUS. The great thing was that it was all natural resources.
Educational Region Warning
If you're reading this at school and the word 'educational' is giving you bad vibes, just give yourself a break and resume when you feel like educational isn't a threat. i'll give you a heads up. Don't worry.
I totally understand :)
On our way coming from Dong Hoi we had a taxi drive us (the same guy who drove us to paradise and dark cave) so we stopped by tunnels. These tunnels were the shelter for the Vietnamese as they hid from bomb raids and attacks from the American armies. It was, should i say, amusing? The Americans being more larger than the Vietnamese had trouble following them into the forest. And suddenly, there were less Americans in the area. The Vietnamese were so clever that they managed to avoid most attacks with wit rather than the expensive arms that the Americans had. Slipping away to attack then drawing some opponent, eliminating one by one but really efficiently. Wow. I never knew i had some war tactics in my brain. Well apparently the Americans grew immensely frustrated that they created a new "weapon" called Agent Orange.
The Americans dropped around 7 million tons of bombs on Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, basically more than twice the amount of bombs dropped on Europe and Asia in World War II.
Agent Orange was basically a herbicide spray that killed all the leaves on the trees in attempt to find the Vietnamese. But they didn't know that they also had hideouts under the ground! It had three levels with multiple exits. Really impressive and kinda scary. Even though it was lit, the corridors were small and dark, couldn't really imagine the bustling with people. There was only one bathroom which was located near the sea where people would dash over to discard the waste. There was a maternity room and escape chutes built in the ground. In the end of the war no lives were lost through the tunnels. SUCCESS!
THE SMALL BIT OF EDUCATION IS NOW OVER AND YOU CAN ENJOY THE REASON WHY YOU CLICKED THIS BLOG, OK, IS THIS ENOUGH OF A WARNING?
So i was originally going to combine this Dong Hoi blog with another city named Hoi An because the cities were both less significant to the city between the two. Apparently, the Dong Hoi region had more impact than i had anticipated and therefore i will have to call this a pt.1 and Hoi An will be a pt.2. Hahaha, sorry to those who skipped over the education but this is the end of this blog. Now you guys (y'all) have 2 options, either read the area you wanted to avoid, or just wait until i post the part 2. (And you know how i like to upload my blogs.) Choice is up to you :)
Original version of the start of my blog which eventually changed while writing this blog down below.
Since i'm going on a different blogging order now, i'm going to clear things up for the confused. Our Vietnamese journey started in Hanoi. After, we went up to Northern Vietnam then returned to Hanoi for the Halong Bay Cruise. After the cruise we went to Dong Hoi (title) and after Dong Hoi we went to one of my favorite places in Vietnam which i will save for another blog. Therefore i'm merging the place before and after my favorite city together because they were less significant to me.
Wow so informative! I guess this should be included in my blog just in case the confused are still confused. K, time for me to work on the Hoi An part. Bye for sure.