Just five kilometres west of Ba Ria on Highway 51A to Ho Chi Minh city, we turn right and grind slowly up what is arguably an all-time favourite mountain for generations of VTH3 Hashers. We even held our 500th run here because it holds such a special place in our hearts!
Quite apart from the wonderful people who live on and around this mountain, it offers myriad trail opportunities and superb views of the surrounding countryside all the way back to Vung Tau City.
There are four main focal points where trails start and/or finish: the new school at the bottom of the mountain (less than 1km from the turn-off), the "swimming pool café" halfway up the mountain, Angel Stream and Pub Street (a row of shanty coffee shops which are ideal for Down Downs in the rain!), and the lake at the top of the mountain.
Each of those four points plays host to the beginning of at least four trails each, sometimes more.
Successive generations of Hashers have enjoyed the "infinity" swimming pool fed by two water pipes running downhill from Angel Stream. And even the pipes have a tale to tell, for it was alongside one of the pipes that popular Hasher Vasya found an unexploded mortar bomb and earned himself the Hash monicker "UXO" (unexploded ordnance)!
And it was in the pool that a visiting Hasher from SH3, Philthy Phil, "washed" his shoes - having been ordered to "walk the plank" by duty Ringmaster Hung Low for running around the Angel Stream circuit not once, but twice!
The lake at the top of the mountain also has many tales to tell, and is a familiar sight to many a Hasher thirsting for the esky another kilometre down a very tricky dirt road - far too tricky for most (but not all) our "Hash chariots" to negotiate, hence the additional kilometre as the "final run home" after any of several trails around the top of the mountain.