- On 15/04/2018
- In Chưa được phân loại
What the duck? What to do in Phong Nha.
What to do in Phong Nha? So you’ve seen the caves, visited Ruc Mon, been out to Easy Tiger and Andy’s Disco Bar… so what’s next? How to spend the rest of your free time? There are a few sights, sounds and tastes you can explore by bicycle or moped and are a good way to pass a few hours.I am travelling with my o ye faithful (aka ever unreliable) Honda Win, if you don’t know what I mean by that – lucky you! So after a short time spent kick starting my struggling steed, we were off.
You leave Phong Nha headed North East, away from Phong Nha Cave and turn right out of town on the main road (QL16) and follow this stretch of highway about 7kms. QL16 itself is a pretty cool road over rice paddies and with curves right up around the rock. You then take a right hand turn off the road onto a dirt track… or a left hand turn if you miss it and have to double back… Anyway, once you manage to turn off prepare your butt cheeks for a short but bumpy ride here on in.
You can’t miss The Duck Stop, you’ll see either the sign or huge amount of ducks on your left hand side. You can pick and choose the combination of experiences; we chose the coffee, the ducks and the food opting to miss out riding the buffalo as we weren’t sure of our moral comfort regarding the matter. The ducks on the other hand seemed overjoyed at the prospect of tourism, aka feeding time. And they were only a little perturbed when they are handed for you to throw them, but fear not! They will fly! The duck foot massage is a genius idea, hats off to the guy for thinking of it.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention the Vietnamese farming hats you get to wear? (see geeky tourist photo below), They are perfect to make you feel just a bit more like a silly westerner. All great fun though, and the banh xeo; fried stuffed rice pancake served with salad is truly one of the most delicious I’ve had in Vietnam, -including the vegetarian option. So good news for the long suffering vegetarians travelling and living in Asia! The satay sauce is heavenly and you are advised to, not judged for, heaping a glorious amount onto each bite. They grow nearly everything they serve too; peppercorns, peanuts, chillis, garlic and rice. We spent 100VND each for a snack, coffee, duck time and food. Sure it’s a little expensive for Vietnam, but we’ve all spent $3.50 on far more ludicrous things in the past right?
How to find your way?
- Drive or cycle around with optimism, and hopefully a good sense of direction.
- Use google maps, just search the Duck Stop and/or Pub With Cold Beer to find the right path.
- Ask someone when you arrive!
Additional info: The road here is pretty bumpy, as of yet unpaved (May 2018).