|Gardens at the base of Mount Takou|
|The endless cable car!|
We bought our round-trip tickets for 90,000 VND each (less than $5) and walked to the massive entrance gate where two uniformed officials checked them for us!! A small tram was waiting to take us the short distance through the landscaped gardens to the cable car station, but we still had to climb quite a few steps before we actually reached it. Despite the early hour, the temperature was already well into the thirties and the effort required to make the climb meant that we were sweating by the time we got into the cable car! Once in the cable car, we began to ascend. We couldn't see our destination - it was obviously going to be a long ride!! As we went higher, the views of the surrounding countryside got more and more spectacular. The mountain was covered in dense forest, but as we got above the treeline, we could see smaller hills and peaks laid out below us.
|The restored pagoda|
|Worth all the effort!|
|50m long and 11m high!!|