I’m excited that today my clothes are getting washed in something other than a hotel basin or under the shower. I’m dreaming about picking up the bunch of fresh smelling clothes, holding them to my nose and cuddling them. I’m taking advantage of this opportunity and putting out everything that I’m not wearing. I never value clean clothes as much as I do when I’m travelling.
Moon and I are going shopping today which really consists of sorting out a local SIM card, stopping by the florist shop where she works and chatting over a drink at a local cafe. By the time we return to my room, my clothes have returned, all neatly folded or hangared.
Ho May Park is our destination for the afternoon. You can drive up there but it’s more fun to take the cable car. It costs 300,000 dong which includes a return cable car ride and entry to the park. You could be forgiven for thinking the park was abandoned.
But, despite it being a quiet weekday, there was a load of attractions – carriage rides, temples, fishing, dog and monkey circus, ziplining, wild animals, fair rides, 5D movies, waterslides and seemingly the most popular of all – a waterpark. There is, in fact, so much to do here that you could easily spend the whole day here. Or stay overnight! Because there’s also a resort and a hotel.
Not to mention the views from top which stretch out over the bay of Vung Tau’s front beach.
Uncle G points me towards a restaurant which is currently closed (permanently or just for now, I’m not sure) and prompts me to photograph its menu. Strange request, but OK. Here it is…
So this is Ho May Cultural & Ecotourism Park right?
What you probably might not learn on a visit to Ho May, is that this was the site of an Australian radar station during the Vietnam War and one of the structures, a viba radar station, remains on the site as a historical monument, as Ho May Park now sits on what was known by the soldiers as Radar Hill or VC Hill.
Uncle G served in the Vietnam War in the 1st Ordnance Field Park stationed at the 1st ATF Base Nui Dat (Clay Hill), which is now part of the Ba-Ria Vung Tau Province in which Vung Tau lies. In fact, here’s a photo…he’s the one under the umbrella behind the chair – you can see that a dislike of having photos taken runs in the family!
It is recommended that when visiting Ho May Park, you do so in the late afternoon so that when you leave, you can watch the sun set over the ocean.