25 JUNE 2023
SNAKE MOUNTAIN - LONG HAI
Hares: Mr. T, Bull Ant, Chom Chom, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom, Secs
Ring Master: Chom Chom
Another Sunday Hash starts with the usual hive of activity at Nắng Vũng Tàu; Mr. T takes the fees from the 38 registered Hashers and a string of volunteers load eskies of iced Saigon Chill, Revive, soft drinks onto the Hashmobile. This week we are pleased to see the return of Mr. An our favourite bus driver at the helm. With registration complete and the bus boarded we are soon leaving Vung Tau on our way towards Long Hai. After a couple of pickups at Seaview and Long Hai we soon disembark in the shadow of the Snake Mountain.
Under an ominous grey sky we gather round co-hare Secs who explains that this week’s trail will be approximately 5km. We are to start by following a sealed concrete road that will take us up to the top of the mountain. Once we reach the end of the road we are to turn right in to the jungle and then follow red ribbons which will lead us to a temple atop the mountain with some spectacular views. From there the ribbons will lead us down the mountain and through a village until we will meet the bus parked outside a small shop where the down-down will be.
And so On-On! The initial walk is pretty easy but it soon becomes clear that this is going to be a steep arduous climb - the road’s gradient increases and soon we feel our calves tightening as we tiptoe up the hill. Just as we are approaching halfway up the inevitable first drops of rain descend from the sky and many of our Hashers reach for their raincoats. It’s a welcome, refreshing shower that cools us as we continue up the road. As we reach the end of the road the shower stops and we are treated to a break in the clouds and the sun emerges.
The red ribbons lead us in to the lush jungle after a short rocky climb we emerge at a somewhat dilapidated temple. The highlight is a massive rock jutting out from the mountain which at some angles looks like a snake’s head - hence the name Snake Mountain. It's the perfect spot for our Hashers to get their phones out for the many, many photos that will soon be posted across social media. Some of our more adventurous and brave Hashers perform some death defying rock climbing stunts to take the best possible shots of the jaw dropping views.
With the photo shoot over its time to follow the ribbons back down the otherside of the temple and down another rocky path takes us down to the bottom of the mountain. The next leg of the trail meanders through long grass at the edge of Long Hai village, copious mango trees line our path and soon we emerge on the narrow hems that take us back to our trusty Hashmobile parked next to the down-down spot.
Ice cold Saigon, Revive and soft drinks await and once we’ve quenched our thirst we are treated to delicious Bún Thịt Nướng (rice noodle with BBQ pork and fish sauce). Plenty of time for socialising before Ringmaster Chom Chom calls to order the circle.
As always, first up are the Hares who are given full marks out of ten for a fantastic trail with great views. We have four Virgins this week - three from Vietnam and an Australian. We welcome back Returnee Pineapple Bill who has been mending fences and tending his sheep back in Australia. Just enough time to take the team photo and then load the bus with eskies etc and before we know it we are back at Nắng Vũng Tàu for a final couple of Saigon Chill before the diehards hop next door to Mr. C’s for more Chill, Pizza and Chicken Wings.
Another great afternoon with Vung Tau Hash House Harriers.
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