JUNE 12 2022
NUI THI VAI
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Have-A-Chat, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Chippy, Have-A-Chat
Ringmaster: Rain Stopped Play
Report: Chom Chom
It had been a good couple of years since our last Hash adventure to Nui Thi Vai. Mismanagement started to panic as Saturday approached with 59 Hashers registered to climb Ba Ria Vung Tau’s highest mountain. Unfortunately, with further registration requests, we had to close the list and recommend to Hashers to register early next time.
Sunday afternoon soon came and in the beautiful bright sunshine, Hashers made their ways to Tommy’s Restaurant for registration. With help from Bull Ant, Mr. T took the newly reviewed (sounds so much better than increased) Hash fees. In the background the eskies were being prepared with large quantities of water, soft drinks and of course Saigon Chill Premium beer.
It was then ready for the very punctual 1.30pm departure as Hashers desperately squeezed onto the bus, hoping to be quick enough to get a proper seat. It’s all good as we did remember the trusty blue stools to fill up the aisle.
The journey took a while thanks to the mass departure of Vung Tau tourists, but slowly but surely, and after a few wrong turns, we eventually got to our starting point.
Our 59 excited Hashers alighted the bus in preparation for the trails beginning. Hare Secs gathered the group promptly as we were starting late and it was a long trail ahead. Have-a-Chat was running around taking photos whilst Chom Chom was struggling to get the Go-Pro to power on! After a short briefing of the trail, it was On On as we headed up the path towards the mountain…
At this stage the weather was looking quite promising, it had cooled down a lot from Vung Tau and whilst it wasn’t the clearest sky, it didn’t look too intimidating. Through the lush jungle and forest we ventured slowly but surely up, through various terrains offering some great photo and selfie opportunities. Then, just 15 minutes in, from nowhere, the loudest clap of thunder gave our group their biggest shock of the afternoon – even more shock than the newly reviewed hash run fees! Almost like turning a page in a book, everything changed. It was dark and the rain could not rain any harder. The pleasant trail turned into a waterfall trail within minutes. There was a long way to go. Many attempted to protect themselves in those awful 10,000d rain coats that really are as much use as wrapping yourself in tissue paper, whilst most just battled on without protection. Once we had all got as drenched as was possible, it was all good fun navigating through the waterfall path up to the top of the mountain where some not so impressive views were waiting.
All our Hashers made it to the top and at this stage, after almost a couple hours of uninterrupted thunder, lightning and rain, the weather broke and it dried up. Whilst visibility was still poor, there were a few opportunities to get some nice photos of the day. It was then time for the departure down the mountain and the 1,200 steps through the pagodas and temple back to our starting point and our lovely covered down down area.
It was getting late now, so whilst Hashers enjoyed their fruit, banh mi, unlimited soft drinks and Saigon Chill Premium beer it was decided the circle would be postponed for the week. A group photo was taken by Have-a-Chat with his new Apple 13 something-or-other phone which actually came out quite well in the darkness. We got back on the bus and after several brief relief breaks, we made it back to Vung Tau and Tommy’s to enjoy the Perfect Jive Duo and some more Saigon Chill Premium beers. On On!
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