Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hon Heo - "capital city" (Small) Ha Long of the South

Pristine beaches have varie geological structure adjacent to primary forest, colorful beach pebbles "show off" in the blue sea water ...That experience "amused" when I "budget travel" to Hon Heo, Ba Lua Islands (Kien Giang).

When you see the tourist map of Kien Giang Ba Lua archipelago that dense I just want to rent all the island boat tour, but because the funding for the trip "budget travel" running low, I finally just had to most typical island , Hon Heo. The reason I chose Hon Heo by looking on the map, a marker "dots" red as a seal between the image of the island has made ​​me curious and pay attention, this is perhaps the island especially in the more than 40 islands Ba Lua archipelago?

Red dots symbolize the island headquarters Son Hai Commune People's Committee of Kien Luong district, Kien Giang province. Because management Son Hai Commune island 42 island, while Hon Heo is the headquarters for the CPC should I Hon Heo as "metropolis" of the islands. 

Not a tourist destination, with pristine beaches footprints not tourists, so the third time to ask taxi junction area than I go to find out Hon Heo pier.

Once you have settled on the rough wooden benches of the old ship can accommodate over 50 people, I found not only on deck seats were filled guest that have everything as rice, vegetables, fruits and whole bricks and cement.

Peace on the island
11g, the ship sailed on crowded Hon Ba river boats to sea towards the door by Hon Heo 500m wharf. Train arrived estuary has seen dozens of islands on the sea undulating green. Perhaps because of this trait that many people have for Ba Lua archipelago is "Ha Long" of the South.

Ship from Hon Heo was about 2 knots apparent "capital city" Ba Lua Islands, a fishing village with approximately 400 rooftops, camped where low and flat island as "Ha Long" of the South as floating on the sea surface.

The ship slowly aging body leaning on the end of the wharf 5.3 nautical journey but it took more than 50 minutes. After sipping iced coffee in a restaurant is VND 5,000, I began the journey may tour the island most populated island among more than 40 island of Ba Lua archipelago. Going fishing village on the road between the alley just enough to avoid another two pedestrians and two side walls of the small closely together as I feel this is not a fishing village located on an island that is certain poor neighborhoods of Saigon .
Groups of elderly cavalier chess sitting in the cafe simplicity, the images in space without a sound engine to invoke a sense of peace.

Discover Hon Heo

Hon Heo has an area of about 150ha with a perimeter of about 7km. From the center of the fishing village, in the opposite direction clockwise, just out fishing village met at the beach. But not beautiful sandy beach between the sea and the flap through primeval forest so wild.

All the sand particles to roughen the table rocks like crocodile skin
 Go all around 500m long sandy beach is rocky and pebble beaches, laterite with diverse geological structure, is diverse, emotions so that truth is multi-dimensional and poetic.

Sometimes, we encounter a tomb "orphaned" loneliness among trees located close to the sea edge, suggesting indescribable sadness, because while wandering in "capital city" I have heard an old man say that the origin of the island population size and lack privation hundred surface.

...then scorched lava rocks. This paragraph about 350m the most rugged and jagged the Hon Heo
Wander on the island and collect pebbles  ... I forgot my train (at 15pm) to return to the mainland. Startled keep in mind that it no longer, inquired in a rented room, one woman said: "Do not have a dorm room where. What needs to rent a room, stay overnight at Households ".

That night I slept in a cafe close to the wharf, the bartender happily accepted the invitation immediately.

If you go around Hon Heo, remember to mind by the foot you can be the "big picture" interlaced stone beautiful patterned by "artists" have honed waves thousands of years
22g, turn off the lights suddenly went limp on the island. The only generator power supply on the island became inactive. An hour later, that my family was asleep, but the door remains open bar, I was startled bartender immediately called up. He said: "There is no need to sleep anywhere close to cool".

First time seeing things sleep ... closure should not be an exciting, and that night, although sleeping on hammocks hung on two wooden poles of empty cafe, I sleep very peacefully ...


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  2. How much did you spend for your trip to Ba Lua Islands? I believe you traveled with your family that's why you had to spend more? The perks of traveling alone includes cost :) If you haven't traveled alone, it's really worth trying. Ba Lua has one of the most beautiful beach sunsets any tourist is looking for. You might want to consider going back as a solo backpacker and you'll know what I mean.

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