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LONG PHUOC - Tứ Phương Thất Đảo (eco resort)
Hares: SamSon, Basil
Hash Flash: Fot tret. Additional photos: Mr Smiley, Radio Wave
We loaded a shiny, new Hashmobile at Hon Ru Ri and headed towards Ba Ria for a leisurely day in the fresh countryside at the Tứ Phương Thất Đảo eco-resort near Long Phước, picking up a few additional Hashers along the way.
The sky was overcast, so it was a nice, cool day for hiking and taking photos in the open air as we passed farmers labouring in rice and vegetable fields until finally reaching the resort entrance. A quick tour of the thatched eating areas connected by bamboo bridges and streams, and then we visited the fruit orchard with rambutan, durian, mangosteen and other fruits at various stages of ripeness.
We savoured complimentary fruit plates along with Mother Teresa’s sandwiches and salted pork, washed down with ice-cold San Migs and softies as junior Hashers were rowed around the area before trying their hand at fishing!
“Duty tour guide”, SamSon, then called a Circle outside the resort as the sun sank towards the horizon.
Tommy Hilfiger said the trail was short but beautiful, so awarded 9 out of 10 before adding 3 points for the good weather – making 12 points total for an even 10/10!
No fewer than 8 Hash Virgins were introduced and welcomed: Tim and Ms Quyen, Tuyet, Luyen, Khanh Linh, Nhung, Trang and Cuc; then 5 returnees, with Mr Smiley’s “busy” excuse earning him the tube of shame!
Sinners were charged by Basil for something that sounded very “suspect”, but Down Downs were awarded anyway!
Mother Teresa then made an inspired suggestion with the aid of translator Radio Wave, that instead of taking the short-cut to the bus for our ride home, we go back and do the trail in reverse – which was agreed by all!
Once eventually back on the bus there was another pleasant surprise in store – a roadside stop to buy cakes that were baked by volunteer youth for charity, so the international songfest became a “munchfest” for the rest of the trip!
It had been a relatively easy day by VTH3 standards – not only easy on the legs (no doubt welcomed by Terminator and Shaky, both carrying injuries), but also easy on the eyes in the beautiful, serene countryside far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Vung Tau City!
No word yet on next week’s trail, but the NEXT RUN box will be updated as soon as a trail and hares have been announced. We’ll meet at Hon Ru Ri on Sunday as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start – in any weather!
AND HERE IS HIS TEAM PHOTO, WITH RUN STATS BELOW: