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A short getaway to Base Camp in Tay Ninh Vietnam

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Approximately 100km away from HCMC in the Northwest, Tay Ninh is a province formerly known as Raung Damrey in Khmer language, bordering on Cambodia through 2 international border gates, namely Moc Bai and Xa Mat, and other national gates including Chang Riec, Ka Tum, Phuoc Tan. With Ba Den Mountain, Caodai Sacred Temple, and natural conservations, this province is currently emerging as an awesome destination for a weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike. So how can we get there?

Just take a 2-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) by

  • an intercity coach at Eastern Bus Station (Ben Xe Mien Dong) with VND70k/person, or
  • Bus No. 703 at Ben Thanh Market to Moc Bai Border Gate, or
  • Bus No. 603 at An Suong, Dist. 12 or Cu Chi Dist., or
  • Motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City on the Highway 22.
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To the mountain or to everywhere else, your visit to Tay Ninh is absolutely teemed with fresh experiences and unforgettable memories. Apart from any touristy attractions, however, there's still a lot more to explore there. As far as this article is concerned, a vast scenic camping site (or say, a camp base) is on fleek, which is the best destination for your new adventure. Let's feast your eyes over the scenery first.

Such a breath-taking sunset over the lake

Such a breath-taking sunset over the lake

On the go through the lush green field.

On the go through the lush green field.

A horde of camp-goers already settled their tents when we came.

A horde of camp-goers already settled their tents when we came.

How idyllic!

How idyllic!

This camping site is everywhere around Dau Tieng Reservoir, overlooking towards Ba Den Mountain. Check up the Google Map first to find a camping place and head out. Bear in mind that this is pretty far from Tay Ninh City, so you must take a turn elsewhere from the highway and pierce a bunch of rubber tree plantations to get here. The access roads might be in a bad condition but don't get frustrated. The roads lead to a fun show, which is therefore worthwhile, honey.

Wrap up and go!

What to bringWhen to gowhat to do

Camping gear (tents, comfy chairs, etc.)

You'd better start off in the morning to get there in the afternoon and have more time for fun.

Camping, of course, with a fire and a BBQ party at night.

BBQ foodstuff & camp fire gear

During the sunny season (from November to April)

Go supping and swimming

Sups for water games, floaties for swimming, cameras for photography, and your fresh mind with open eyes for sightseeing

What are you waiting for? Go taking photos!

My gang conquerred the camp base.

My gang conquerred the camp base.

Erecting a tent and starting to have fun

Erecting a tent and starting to have fun

From Trang Radish - not mine.

From Trang Radish - not mine.

Posing here and there

Posing here and there

She's just hanging around to look for her love, I guess.

She's just hanging around to look for her love, I guess.

Aww, she attempted to look cool, but....oops she's gonna kill me.

Aww, she attempted to look cool, but....oops she's gonna kill me.

Aww, she's beautiful, isn't she? especially with a lot of make-up and phone filters. Just kidding (#stopthismisogyny) - She's really gorgeous.

Aww, she's beautiful, isn't she? especially with a lot of make-up and phone filters. Just kidding (#stopthismisogyny) - She's really gorgeous.

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Catch the breeze

Catch the breeze

There she is, posing like the statue of freedom.

There she is, posing like the statue of freedom.

Do yoga, or does she? Well, it looks good, huh?

Do yoga, or does she? Well, it looks good, huh?

At dusk, do not rush!

At dusk, do not rush!

Go to the lake and take a bath.

Go to the lake and take a bath.

As to setting a camp fire, go collect wood sticks scattered around, but luck does not always stand on your side, though. Instead, you may bring some coal or wood there. If not, you can order some vendors in a few craft shelters at the entrance to the field where they sell everything you need for a camp-site party, say, coal for BBQ, beer and ice for partying, and some fresh-water fish (if any). Get their mobile number for call to order, if needed later and lazy to go. They'll ship everything to your site. (Really, how convenient! I thought we fancied adventure and accepted what it takes, huh?) - Never mind, I get lousy sometimes.

This isn't what we had that day, but I lost most photos we took, so I stole it from a good female friend of mine, who is still looking for a boyfriend, by the way.

This isn't what we had that day, but I lost most photos we took, so I stole it from a good female friend of mine, who is still looking for a boyfriend, by the way.

We finished BBQ dinner and started to sing aloud, partially thanks to a couple of beers.

We finished BBQ dinner and started to sing aloud, partially thanks to a couple of beers.

Some members, who are pretty aged, laid down and gossiped while the others were singing a pot-pourri of songs.

Some members, who are pretty aged, laid down and gossiped while the others were singing a pot-pourri of songs.

Here's a sneak peak of the night our gang threw a party there.

At dusk when the sky dimmed and Ba Den Mountain looked darker afar, we started off the night BBQ party with a bunch of food already prepared the night prior to our trip. Some lazy arse members snuck out into the lake for swimming and avoiding any chores (yes, I was one of those guys, all right?) The shallow water near the shore was a bit warm due to its whole day baking in the Sun, while the deeper the cooler. Lots of algae or lake-weeds rooting deep in the lake-bed danced along the aquatic movement as I pretended to swim around (oops, I can't swim - what a shame!) Some sunlights cracked out of some cloud banks, splashing dark-red color over the sky above, which all together mirrored on the tranquil lake surface (except the area where I was paddling around with my hands). Breezes traced one another here and there and everywhere, sweeping the fragrant smoke from the BBQ craft oven to annoy my nose. My stomach boiled, like hell. It was time to grab a bite, right?

The party launched at 6.30pm, under a neo light we brought along, on a grass carpet near the tents. We got the best chef ever, who was a member of the group and fancied cooking, banqueting the whole night with different au courant dishes. Man, we need beer, right? Yes, here's some beer, hmm, a case of Tiger beer (24 cans) - and we became tipsy with beer, food and the atmosphere. No more stress out of work, no more gossips about love or, again, colleagues at work. Everything slipped into vacation mode.

As the night grew older, we were getting sleepier yet pretty energetic still to sing and laugh out loud. When grass got saturated in night dew and exhaustion struck me so bad after a day of motorcycling, I went inside the tent to sleep. Hilariously, it was awfully windy outside, cool but dewy, the inside of the tent was so suffocating, making my back wet when I laid in for a few minutes. I couldn't sleep a wink, lying and hearing people gossip around. They were singing, still. Young and hungry for adventure, they reminded me of the time when I was at their age and felt enthusiastic to rock the world. But then the world shook me damn bad, I retrieved and started to cocoon deep inside, like a turtle withdrawing his head, to avoid any adversities at all.

Oops, what did I just say? No lamenting over the past, bro. This article is to introduce people about the place, not about you, b!tch!

Again, thank you Trang Củ Cải, I took this sans your permission. Well, if you see this, forgive me.

Again, thank you Trang Củ Cải, I took this sans your permission. Well, if you see this, forgive me.

Finally, you can go solo-camping, but it's more fun to hang out with a gang of good friends. And as a couple, you guys must definitely throw a lovely night out here. The scene is amazing, the food is awesome and here comes fervent love - tender at first and zealous deep in the night. I don't want to pursue my imagination, but you guys know what it happens there, right? Silly me!

My love

My love

Author's notes

All the pictures posted here in the article without cited sources belong to the author. For further information, please contact me at nhphuc2310@gmail.com.

For other articles, please check out:

Tay Ninh Province at https://hubpages.com/travel/Tay-Ninh-Province-Why-not
Thu Duc Town at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thu-Duc-Saigon-A-joyful-suburb
Da Lat Half Way to Heaven at http://hubpages.com/travel/Do-we-need-a-long-trip-to-change-horses-in-midstream
Life Trap Escape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Life-Trap-Escape
Ke Ga Cape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Sunset-on-Ke-Ga-Lighthouse
Mui Ne Beach at http://hubpages.com/travel/Mui-Ne-Such-a-Paradise
Da Nang City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thomas-Wanderlust
Hai Phong City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Hai-Phong-Once-Coming-Then-Staying
French Colonial Structures in Saigon at http://hubpages.com/travel/French-Colonial-style-Architecture-in-SG
Top 3 things to do in Saigon Vietnam at http://hubpages.com/travel/Top-ten-things-you-must-do-in-Saigon-Vietnam
Can Gio a nice choice at http://hubpages.com/travel/Can-Gio-A-nice-choice
Cat Ba Island at https://hubpages.com/travel/Cat-Ba-Island-Shining-in-the-Sun
Ta Dung at https://hubpages.com/travel/Ta-Dung-Vietnam-A-Pearl-of-The-Highlands

Peace!

Peace!

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