I finally found the spot and courage to camp on my own in the jungle. The latter was not easy after I had met a cobra on my first hike. I went to the Bach Ma National Park.
I was disappointed by the main path which turned out to be a paved road.
The only advantage: I could enjoy unobscured view for the entire hike.
And when the paved road ended 19 kilometers later and 1400 meters higher, I found a hidden treasure along the trail leading to the peak: war tunnels, unaltered and to this day not marketed. It was really cool/creepy to explore them as they were left by the soldiers, while dozens of freaked out bats were flying right next to my face in panic.
Definitely a highlight of the trip. And not far there was a cool pagoda almost at the peak.
Next came the five lakes trail, along which I started to look for a camp spot since I wanted plenty of time to experiment with the setup.
The spot on that shelf would have been perfect if it wasn’t for the widow-maker leaning from the left bank. The search would have been much faster if I wasn’t avoiding blocking the trail. This was probably unnecessary since some parts of it were covered in thick spider webs and I hadn’t seen any other tourists earlier that day.
Eventually I found a spot to hang my hammock.
The view from my spot looking upstream…
and looking downstream:
I’m happy to say that my new experimental method for keeping distance between mosquito net and the hammock worked great: not a single mosquito bite.
I hadn’t brought with me any insulation for the hammock, so I got uncomfortably cold as expected, but still managed to get a few hours of sleep. Actually, I’m quite surprised how easy it was too fall asleep despite this new environment and all the jungle noises.
On my way back I continued along the five lakes trail and took a little detour to visit the 300 m high Rhododendron Waterfall.
And BTW here’s a picture of my ride from Hue to Dong Hoi, titled How to squeeze 22 people into (what would in other countries be) a 10-person minibus:
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