Off-road racers gather for regional competition in northern Vietnam

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The 3rd Annual Rainforest Challenge drew experienced off-roaders from Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, to the northern province of Quang Ninh from August 25 – 30.

The Tuan Chau Tourist Zone's natural stone cliffs, streams and muddy lagoons proved an ideal staging ground for the 30 teams of off-road drivers.
This year's competition drew a number of female drivers.

To make the competition more challenging, obstacles and traps were laid, including deep ponds blocking the road. Several racers lost cars in rocky stream beds and sharp mountain gorges.

Mosquitoes and jungle leeches added more thrills to the adventure.

This car had to “swim” over this pond, dug by the contest organizers, as a task in the first round of the RFC Vietnam. Photos: Thuy Hang

A pink car with two female drivers from Thailand

Truong Thu Ha, 24, tries to pull her vehicle out of the mud. Ha assisted of a one-handed driver who proved a tough competitor in the contest.

A car crawls across a slippery and rocky stream in the Tuan Chau Tourist Zone.

Audiences watch a car climbing out of a stream.

Flat tire: A car gets stuck in the middle of a shallow stream.

A car crossing a mountain gorge on a self-made bridge.

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