This is actually just a snapshot of Nam Cat Tien National Park. We did the unthinkable and followed a crazy itinerary, which ended up in 6 pairs of limping legs dragging through the jungle at twightlight. We managed to walk all the way to the Crocodile Lake, we saw a couple of big fat crocodiles waiting nearby for some big fat preys, so we decided to walk all the way back instead of risking our lives swimming in the lake. We also managed to wander for a few hours in the forest without getting any bloody attack by numerous leeches occupied the forest floor. We did not have time to go cycling or explore other parts of the National Park. But we had a great time chatting and bonding as a team! That’s what really matters.
Nam Cat Tien National Park is ~150km from Ho Chi Minh City, but it took us almost 5 hours to get there. The roads and traffic were terrible.
The forest is swamped with leeches during rainy season. Luckily, we arrived on a sunny day, and were well-equipped with tons of anti-leech cream which we smeared all over our shoes, socks, trousers, shirts, and even our hats. But we still took great caution, and only dared to stop once during our 5km trek to visit this giant 400-year old tree.
The tree is HUGE. See how small we were standing next to its enormous roots?
The end of the trek – near the Crocodile Lake
The Crocodile Lake. We actually saw some crocs swimming around 🙂
My boss taking a beer while the girls were taking lots and lots of photos
This is actually just a tiny part of the lake. It can take days to row around it.
Fish marinated with chilli flakes and other spices, and dried under the sun.
Getting my feet up after a long trek
The boss taking a rest
The Crocodile Lake late in the afternoon
Time to walk back