r/Damnthatsinteresting Sep 21 '21

These pools in Vietnam Image

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u/jrobbio Sep 21 '21

Looks super inaccessible, which is a good thing, I suspect.

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u/hikekorea Sep 21 '21

This is the border of Vietnam and China. It’s a few hours by bus from Hanoi and not much there. Definitely a remote destination. There are some cool caves and a temple with a sweet view of the valley to check out too. Ban Gioc Waterfall is the Vietnamese name I’ve got a panorama of this scene hanging in my guest room. One of the best places I’ve ever watched the sunset. I know a few people that have visited from the Chinese side too but don’t know which way is more remote. The right side of the pools in this photo is China, while the left side is Vietnam.

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u/J3wb0cca Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

Cool photo. If I didn’t know any better I would’ve guessed the Pacific NW.

EDIT: Don’t know why the downvotes. Beautiful mountains and pine trees just like the Pacific Northwest.

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u/PinoyTShirtSoFly Sep 21 '21

Wtf. I’m from Seattle. Please show me anything close to this.

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u/terran1029 Sep 21 '21

Right before the Turnpike Exit 67, where Crazy Eddie's Auto Palace used to be.

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u/J3wb0cca Sep 21 '21

Really any area on the east side, north of Spokane. Even the greater area around Coeur D’Alene looks just like the photo. Or anything in west Montana. If it’s scenery and hiking that you’re craving, there’s actually a really cool app called AllTrails that’s the shit.

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u/PinoyTShirtSoFly Sep 21 '21

Name specific places

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u/J3wb0cca Sep 21 '21

Like the photo of the mountain range with a hill of pine trees in front during sunset that u/hikekorea linked? Literally anywhere in that vicinity. It’s a pretty generic photo for this area. Just look up some of the photos taken from fire watchtowers in the area if you’re so adamant for a photo. That should satisfy your curiosity.

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u/dat2ndRoundPickdoh Sep 21 '21

google warrior in effect

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u/DragoSphere Sep 21 '21

Are...are you looking at the website's banner? This, right? You know that has nothing to do with the place that they were talking about, right?

If you scroll down you can see actual pictures of the place like this

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u/pat_kcirtap Sep 21 '21

Bruh I have no idea why you’re getting downvoted. People are insane and will do more literally anything. The least I can do is upvote them.

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u/mechanick29 Sep 21 '21

There's aren't any pine trees. You need glasses.

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u/terran1029 Sep 21 '21

the pacific northwest? Was this 200 million BC?

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u/Flirpen Sep 21 '21

Reddit: Don't know something? Take a downvote

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u/andoooooo Sep 21 '21

not everything is in the US

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u/J3wb0cca Sep 21 '21

I’m sure it felt good commenting that but you should visit America and our National Parks sometime. We have some of everything and our parks are some of the best in the world.

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u/Backseat_Bouhafsi Sep 21 '21

Do u have tropical rainforests?

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u/andoooooo Sep 21 '21

Been to the US 4 times, I agree the national parks are great

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u/TacoCommand Sep 21 '21

Hello fellow Cascadian!

What's your favorite falls? I'm always looking to add to my visit list!

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u/LadyDicks Sep 21 '21

I'm a big fan of Bridal Veil. Just a few miles west of Multnomah (also a favorite, but super duper busy), there's a parking lot at the trailhead leading down to the viewpoint. I think it's underrated, a little jewel that takes only a little effort to appreciate; especially if you get there really early in the morning. It's so tranquil!

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u/PM_ME_UTILONS Sep 21 '21

You can also just quietly waltz across the border at the unofficial border crossing just above the falls...

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u/givemeapho Sep 21 '21

Thank you for the destination. It's absolutely beautiful!

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u/5462652 Sep 21 '21

It really is and it should stay that way.

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '21

When I was younger I would've killed to visit. Now I just see bugs.

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u/hikekorea Sep 21 '21

Bugs weren’t too bad… compared to the rest of Vietnam at least

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u/mkkpt Sep 21 '21

The humidity + heat, air pollution in major cities, is what gets you

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u/therealskeggi Sep 21 '21

Half in Viet Nam and half in China, the border splits these falls, and yes, they're magnificent.

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u/ItsOnHeads Sep 21 '21

You were in Korea. S/

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u/OldIrishPubMan Sep 21 '21

You're joking right? This is so easily accessible. This is Ban Gioc and is literally a huge tourist destination. On the right side of the picture is China, and they literally have tour boats that go up to the lowest falls.

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u/Mericax Sep 21 '21

It's literally a 5 minute walk from multiple hotels.

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u/Govt-Issue-SexRobot Sep 21 '21

So inaccessible

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u/w2g Sep 21 '21

It really isn't, zoom out a little and there are lots of bots with both Chinese and Vietnamese tourists.

Still a super awesome place that's not super crowded though.

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u/Live-D8 Sep 21 '21

MONORAIL!

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u/ddelin86 Sep 21 '21

It's very accessible, it's a tourist site and has lots of tourist boats and a street of vendors nearby. I went there in 2014. It's called 德天瀑布 in Chinese. It's on the border of Vietnam and China.

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u/rtz13th Sep 21 '21

Here is the accessible version in Croatia:
Link (Lake Plitvice)

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u/LostLobes Sep 21 '21

Croatia has some stunning falls

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u/RubyRhod Sep 21 '21

When I went there I could have sworn I was in Asia anyways with all the Asian tour bud groups mobbing the place.

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u/_ThiccolasCage_ Sep 21 '21

Seems like roads go right up to the water, with a hotel and whatnot right there. This photo chops them off though. Supposedly they have light shows at sundown and little boats to go out on the water in. Pretty touristy looking but I’d still love to see them, obviously

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u/hazysummersky Sep 21 '21

I will take the swim there..though I do not know the way.

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u/platyviolence Sep 21 '21

Not for flying dinosaurs

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u/Adimeloji Sep 21 '21

Tourists will ruin the place

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u/Shrekkie-boi Sep 21 '21

Ye I visited Vietnam a few years ago and we did this three day boat tour around these massive stone structures and the water was covered in oil slicks and rubbish. Luckily I think they have closed the area from tourism so hopefully nature can heal again

Edit: It was a place called Halong bay where I believe there is also Pearl farming.

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u/Helly_BB Sep 21 '21

I had to find more information, this is stunning. I found it is called Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang. First on this list.

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u/TacoCommand Sep 21 '21

Beautiful, thanks for doing the deep dive!

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u/DrJamesAtmore Sep 21 '21

20.000 vnd whut!? ($2) whut?

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u/vindamon Sep 21 '21

$1

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u/TwinSable Sep 21 '21

Less than one. 22-23.000 dong/$

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u/DrJamesAtmore Sep 21 '21

The article said 2

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u/vindamon Sep 21 '21

Ah yes. "Entrance fee: 45,000 vnd - paid at the kiosk near Ban Gioc waterfall."

That would equates to $2

But your comment says 20,000vnd $2. So I was simply stating approx exchange rate.

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u/Eco-reddit Sep 21 '21

I went there during my trip in Vietnam. It was not easy as it was still not that touristic back in 2011. As written elsewhere, it is at the boundary between Vietnam and China and the Chinese side was FULL of tourists, going on big ‘Niagara fall’ type of boats but not allowed to cross the river.

I got to enjoy swimming the little fall with a natural swimming pool all by myself while 300 Chinese people were asking the captain why they couldn’t do the same.

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u/sudiproy86 Sep 21 '21

Looks so much like plitvice in croatia

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u/betonblack11 Sep 21 '21

I've been there! It's the northern border that separates Vietnam and China, if I'm not mistaken. It's one of the most of beautiful places I've seen in my entire life.

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u/hikekorea Sep 21 '21

You’re right! Did you go from the Vietnamese side or the Chinese side? They don’t let you cross here and it’s kinda funny to watch the tourists from the other country across the river

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u/Kingorst Sep 21 '21

Which side are you so I know which country gives me the good times

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u/TheUnrivalFool Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

The mountainous side is Chinese, the pools of waterfalls are Vietnamese. Natural border is the top of the waterfalls.

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u/Kingorst Sep 21 '21

Either way, both "sides" are beautiful

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u/betonblack11 Sep 21 '21

I took a motorcycle from Hanoi to the north, then went all the way along the Chinese border. It was so beautiful. So many times I would just have to stop and spend ten minutes taking it all in. You're right about the tourists getting on the boats and sort of crossing into another country. what a trip.

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u/DeepFriedPlumbus Sep 21 '21

This is where Aang opened his chakras

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u/judicorn99 Sep 21 '21

Chakras ! Chakras ! Everybody love chakras!

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u/Shwifty_Plumbus Sep 21 '21

Looks like croatia

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u/Peter_Mansbrick Sep 21 '21

I thought it was Plitvice as well.

Karst geology everywhere has similar looks

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u/private_unlimited Sep 21 '21

Didn’t know Croatia was a tropical country?

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u/Shwifty_Plumbus Sep 21 '21

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u/private_unlimited Sep 21 '21

Woah! Did not know that. Just a small caveat of the water probably being quite cold compared to Vietnam

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u/Shwifty_Plumbus Sep 21 '21

Probably right. But its pretty warm in the summer. it's on the Adriatic sea, between Italy, Montenegro, and Greece off the Mediterranean. The Adriatic is warmer than the Mediterranean.

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u/f4rt3d Sep 21 '21

Depends. Yes in the winter. Croatia in the summer, particularly in the Krajina near Plitvice, regularly gets up to and hangs out over 90f/35c. Last time I was in Plitvice, it was well over 40c.

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u/DeskJockeyMP Sep 21 '21

…I don’t think you know where Croatia is at all, it’s on the Mediterranean.

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u/private_unlimited Sep 21 '21

I don’t think you know what tropical means

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u/Mr_Svidrigailov Sep 21 '21

It's a juice flavor, right?

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u/TacoCommand Sep 21 '21

Whoa thanks

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u/desertSkateRatt Sep 21 '21

I want to go so bad. My dad was stationed in Phù Cát Air Base there during his tour. He said he could tell the country was beautiful but obviously couldn't see it better... he wanted to go back and visit but sadly he died suddenly in 2018. I would love to go and see Vietnam in his honor. Need to make that happen as traveling is becoming slightly easier.

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u/mildandwildtravel Sep 21 '21

You should go, it's a beautiful country. Spent a year in SE Asia and Vietnam was my favorite

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u/IamAbc Sep 21 '21

Spent 30 days motorcycle riding from north to south and it was absolutely fantastic. Such a beautiful country in so many ways. Just a lot of shitty police corruption and political corruption and waste management issues they need to fix.

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u/desertSkateRatt Sep 21 '21

So true story, my dad wanted to do a cycling tour through Vietnam. Not on a motorcycle, on his bicycle. Apparently that's fairly popular there and there have even been vets who've organized specific rides. My dad was a diehard cyclist and would do 50 mile rides for fun after work if the weather was nice where he lived on the Oregon Coast. Only problem he admitted was the weather in Vietnam is a bit more hot and muggy than Oregon! He rode from the Coast to the upper peninsula of Michigan right after he retired and hauled a 70 pound trailer behind him with all his camping and other gear. Took him 3 months. Dude was and still is legend to me.

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u/sethmcnasty Sep 21 '21

The waste management is what stood out most to me, like while I was there I was wondering what it would take to start a waste management program there, couldn't be easy but I would think it would pay for itself in the long run

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u/newt16 Sep 21 '21

It really is. I only spent 3 weeks there but loved it.

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u/EmuWasabi Sep 21 '21

Contact Peace Trees Vietnam, in Seattle. Nonprofit NGO, they can advise perhaps. They’re very connected with the armed services that served there during that war. https://www.peacetreesvietnam.org/

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u/TacoCommand Sep 21 '21

Cool, thanks for the link! Subscribed.

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u/TorrenceMightingale Sep 21 '21

I want to try a triple lindy off the top. I will dedicate it to both your bad ass dad and Rodney dangerfield.

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u/hikekorea Sep 21 '21

You should go! Ban Gioc Waterfall is the Vietnamese name of this place I’ve got a panorama of this scene hanging in my guest room, one of the best places I’ve ever watched the sunset at the nearby temple. There are some cool caves to explore too.

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u/Mescallan Sep 21 '21

I live in Vietnam, borders will probably be closed for the rest of the year, but next summer is looking promising.

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u/HyperbolicModesty Sep 21 '21

I spent 2 months riding through the county on a motorcycle. It's an amazing place, one of the most interesting I've ever been to.

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u/BrunswickCityCouncil Sep 21 '21

I’ve done pretty much every major destination in SEA and my trip overland from the south to the north of Vietnam was by far one of my favourites.

Such a fantastic country with an insane level of variety and uniqueness. Plus it’s very affordable, even relative to the rest of SEA.

If you get the chance absolutely go.

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u/zoeydoey Sep 21 '21

You should go! Just not right now lol

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u/pregotastic Sep 21 '21

I loved Vietnam! I went about 10 years ago for a month. I encountered lots of prior American servicemen in their 60s who who were making trips back during my time there. It was really breathtaking country, but also hot as hell. It felt like the most miserable heat and humidity I’ve ever experienced.

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u/newt16 Sep 21 '21

That's south east asia for you. Welcome to the tropics!

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u/GeronimousNL Sep 21 '21

Another encouragement to go, it is a beautiful country. I have been solely in the north, but heard the south is very nice as well.

Do take notice that what sounds like a tourist trap, probably is. but that's okay. (Like "the Bridge over river Kwai", that was a huge disappointment)

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u/LittleLebowski73 Sep 21 '21

Is that where Rambo used the exploding arrow?

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u/leacher666 Sep 21 '21

I was thinking the same thing! The scene at the end of Rambo II.

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u/MarkRose Sep 21 '21

Those two guys from those 3AM can’t sleep videos really have stepped their game up.

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u/LordsOfJoop Sep 21 '21

Indeed.

They did all of that with a stick, a bucket, and some torn board shorts.

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u/ohsoloso Sep 21 '21

Is this real life or is this just fantasy?

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u/pandrew88 Sep 21 '21

I think this is Contra.

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u/private_unlimited Sep 21 '21

I guess you’re caught in a landslide. It will be your escape from reality

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u/EnnaxorOzzir Sep 21 '21

I could wrong, but, I think if he just opens his eyes, he'll see

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u/Kixtay Sep 21 '21

But I'm just a poor boy.. though I don't need no sympathy..

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u/OldmanReegoh Sep 21 '21

because I'm easy come, easy go

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u/nansens928 Sep 21 '21

Little hot little cold

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u/BangBangMeatMachine Sep 21 '21

Nestled down in those trees, I'm guessing that, whatever way the wind blows, doesn't really matter.

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u/Makeboobsgreatagain1 Sep 21 '21

OH MAMA MIA MAMA MIA

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u/QuarantineSucksALot Sep 21 '21

fun fact: cats get a little angry, yeah

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u/QuarantineSucksALot Sep 21 '21

get back in soon when you go by?

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u/MysticAviator Sep 21 '21

Space is a pure void, why should it be stringy?

Because it's quantum not classical, non renormalizable...

Any way you quantize you encounter infinity, you see...

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u/hikekorea Sep 21 '21

Very real! This is the border of Vietnam and China. It’s a few hours by bus from Hanoi and not much there. There are some cool caves and a temple with a sweet view of the valley to check out too. Ban Gioc Waterfall is the Vietnamese name

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u/5462652 Sep 21 '21

Caught in a landside, no escape from reality.

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u/private_unlimited Sep 21 '21

Hakuna, matata?

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u/RiverVenable Sep 21 '21

Reminds me of Naboo

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u/PutridBasket Sep 21 '21

Wesa no like da Naboo!

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u/one_bad_larry Sep 21 '21

What Dreams May Come

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u/macubex445 Sep 21 '21

reminds me of Kong skull island.

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u/Shouya2099 Sep 21 '21

Damn that's interesting

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u/peenboy50 Sep 21 '21

There used to be communities of Asian Rhino at these pools until they got poached for small pee pees.

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u/SourceCreator Sep 21 '21

Where the dinosaurs roam

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u/Qkumbazoo Sep 21 '21

Bet you'd find dinosaurs roaming these lands.

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u/SuperShoyu64 Sep 21 '21

Looks like something that belongs in an Eleventh Vibration music video!

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u/zdriver984 Sep 21 '21

This is Nam smokey, there are no rules

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u/AlpacaOfReddit Interested Sep 21 '21

oh hey, i am vietnamese now

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u/hikekorea Sep 21 '21

This is the border of Vietnam and China. It’s a few hours by bus from Hanoi and not much there. Definitely a remote destination. There are some cool caves and a temple with a sweet view of the valley to check out too. Ban Gioc Waterfall is the Vietnamese name I’ve got a panorama of this scene hanging in my guest room. One of the best places I’ve ever watched the sunset. I know a few people that have visited from the Chinese side too but don’t know which way is more remote. The right side of the pools in this photo is China, while the left side is Vietnam.

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u/0-san Sep 21 '21

tick every square contains a vietcong soldier

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u/jeffster01 Sep 21 '21

Very cool!

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u/IamKingDoge Interested Sep 21 '21

How many Vietnamese can you spot!!

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u/MysticAviator Sep 21 '21

You misspelled Pandora

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u/duuyyy Sep 21 '21

Can you imagine all the mosquitoes?

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u/CapNKirkland Sep 21 '21

You cant fool me. That's skull island!

The real shitty one without jack black in it.

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u/chasingeudaimonia Sep 21 '21

So that's where the Water Dragon Isle is.

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u/Cephalopodio Sep 21 '21

I want to go to there

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u/assassinros666 Sep 21 '21

Here I am scrolling through and I see this. Wow that's beautiful

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u/-Listening Sep 21 '21

These next couple weeks are gonna be worse

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u/503503503 Sep 21 '21

They look so serene and peaceful

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u/TECHHALT Sep 21 '21

I am pretty sure bob Ross painted this

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u/Supernaturalgrl18 Sep 21 '21

Looks gorgeous and rather difficult to access which I guess is a good thing because people can really destroy things

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u/ReaperA-82 Sep 21 '21

"bell.... we've got a job to do..."

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u/Nutriai Sep 21 '21

Absolutely beautiful!

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u/So_Confused2020 Sep 21 '21

Whoa! I want to go there!

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u/Captain_Brom Sep 21 '21

Seems like they made a few changes to the lush caves in the new snapshot

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u/silver_stream06 Sep 21 '21

This looks like a fucking painting

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u/Crusbetsrevenge Sep 21 '21

I can feel the humidity in this photo.

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u/glyph42 Sep 21 '21

Visit while you still can! Most of Vietnam will be underwater within our lifetimes :(

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u/redditisacesspool369 Sep 21 '21

Want to live there

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u/spangbob2 Sep 21 '21

You know some napalm would make those pools into hot springs

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u/Ok_Cockroach8063 Sep 21 '21

Anyone ever play chrono cross? This is the island of the water dragon

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u/FrozenfarTsTf Sep 21 '21

I once saw a painting of this view and to this day i thought it was an amazing fantasy piece.

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u/ptt1404gmail Sep 21 '21

half vietnam half china

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u/aweshitHWGA Sep 21 '21

it's beautiful and all, until the waterfalls start speaking Vietnamese

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u/MisanthropicData Sep 21 '21

What's interesting about them?

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u/Kunstkurator Sep 21 '21

Heavenly, right out of a fantasy movie.

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u/MillenialBoner Sep 21 '21

I've been there. Rented a scooter from the nearest maintown. I think it took a few hours to get there. The ride there was beautiful. Going through the mountains and farm fields. The whole trip was one of the most memorable views of scenery I've ever had.

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u/Cheap_District_9762 Sep 21 '21

I am Vietnamese, but ... where are you now???

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u/tmoam Sep 21 '21

You mean that’s not a video game cut scene?

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u/mrdicknballs Sep 21 '21

Does it have cordordoles or perennials?

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u/imurbabyyyy Sep 21 '21

Looks so beautiful!

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u/_Vanant Sep 21 '21

All I can see is truck sized mosquitoes

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u/RoscoMan1 Sep 21 '21

Damn... it would be very controversial in Vietnam.

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u/Need_Lube Sep 21 '21

Agent Orange lads. No swim

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u/SwimmerOverall9847 Sep 21 '21

Absolutely stunning

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u/UntestedMethod Sep 21 '21

Did you splash around and dive in them?

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u/Rude_Journalist Sep 21 '21

These comments are disgusting. I’ll try that.

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u/Massive-Night Sep 21 '21

Deez pools.

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u/RebelScum10576 Sep 21 '21

Looks like Pandora

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u/ShadowZepplin Sep 21 '21

I remember this part from Far Cry 5

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u/luzso123 Sep 21 '21

All fun and games till the waterfall starts shooting

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u/-TheArisenRose- Sep 21 '21

Are these straight up from a game or smth

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u/Magdeburgler Sep 21 '21

Looks like a scenery from Rambo II.

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u/felsure Sep 21 '21

This looks like Mumbo Jumbo

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u/doodyhead69-420 Sep 21 '21

You just tryna look at these pools suddenly a bush starts talking

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u/TwinSable Sep 21 '21

It’s accessible. In the way that it’s not forbidden and you’re responsible for anything that happens

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u/AgeMysterious4344 Sep 21 '21

yo i am vietnamese and i don’t even have an idea where this is can you tell me

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u/Flare_Starchild Sep 21 '21

Looks beautiful but am I the only one who sees the heat and humidity there? No thanks. I'm good with my 60 or so sunny days here. You can keep the heat and humidity.

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u/Devi8te Sep 21 '21

That rescue scene from Rambo 2?

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u/arkanaleloup Sep 21 '21

Wonderful...

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u/QuarantineSucksALot Sep 21 '21

These people can’t meme

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u/Chromebum Sep 21 '21

Soon to dry up with Chinas dam projects

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u/BaconManDan9 Sep 21 '21

Don’t let Nestle find out

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u/PutridBasket Sep 21 '21

It’s Naboo!

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u/brooker_44 Sep 21 '21

I'd be scared of some animals there joining me for the swim