Driving into Phong Nha was some of the most beautiful scenery I’d seen on our whole journey from Ho Chi Minh upwards.
Lush green foliage sat densely on all sides of the road, as the sun was setting I caught glimpses of cattle and small wooden houses as we drove over rivers and through bright green fields.
When we approached Phong Nha as the sun was setting, everything glowed, and the mountains loomed still and calm in front of us.
The province in which Phong Nha sits was decimated int he war, and there is not much in way of things to do in the town.
But the area is extremely beautiful and most popular for its plethora of surrounding caves to explore.
Unfortunately, I was feeling pretty ill, very tired, and was a little strapped for cash. With these contributing factors, I conceded it was best to skip a caving expedition, though I heard nothing but good things from my fellow travelers who went.
I simply spent my time recuperating poolside, which wasn’t the worse thing in the world!