Jan 3, 2020 — day 31 — 3h22m — 42km — Σ 2,036km — highlands — pagoda — waterfall
The day started with a beautiful cool weather and misty air, which dissipated quickly as the sun went up. After a tasty double-egg banh mi at the busy street market, we were off to an early climb.
The steep road ahead of us was busy with buses and the slow climb eventually took us over 1,200m elevation.
The more we climbed, the more lush the surroundings became, but coffee plantations never really disappeared from view. Just before the top, we stopped to celebrate the 2,000km mark on our journey with a peanut protein bar and a cucumber.
At another rest stop, we noticed a variety of ferns bunched closely together. I think there were at least five or six types, and most of them looked unfamiliar.
After a 9km long descent, we left the main road and took a side road which led us to a small town called Nam Ban, where the Elephant Falls was located. After checking in to the hotel, we went to a viewpoint to admire the falls and got some rest. The town also had a pagoda with a gigantic lady buddha statue near the falls. Apparently the 54m high statue was just finished in February 2019. There were stairs inside which let you climb up to the shoulder and look around through a small window, so that’s what we did.