Surviving with the Vietnamese Tarzan | Ho Van Lang

We lived in the jungle for 5 days with the Vietnamese Tarzan (DOCUMENTARY)

Jun 25, 2016 · Curiosities,Docastawayers in the Past

In 1972 a veteran of the North Vietnam army fled to the jungle with his baby when his house was bombed. During this bombing he lost his mother and two of his children.

Only three years ago the world was surprised by the news that an old man and his son had been ‘rescued’ from the Vietnam jungle, after having lived there totally and absolutely isolated from the civilian world during 41 long years. The son’s name is Ho Van Lang and he grew up oblivious to the rest of the human race, not having even the most basic data on ‘man’. 

Ho Van Lang Kindle Book (AMAZON)

eBook available on AMAZON

Last November, while I was in Vietnam for work reasons, I was lucky enough to spend a few days with this ‘jungle boy’ who is now living in a village, adapting to civilization.

I thought it would be great to go back together and spend five days surviving on what nature gives, just as he had done during all his life. Lang didn’t doubt one moment and accepted the invitation and together with his brother and my translator we went to the heart of the jungle.

Alvaro Cerezo Docastaway Ho Van Lang At the beginning my intention was to learn new survival techniques from him but without realising, I unveiled one of the most endearing people I have ever met. For this and other reasons the ‘survival’ took a back seat and I decided to relax and enjoy being with him in his environment.

His primitive form of life doesn’t just take us directly to the Neolithic Age but, due to the isolation he suffered from birth, it also leads us to better understand the true essence of ‘man’.

In this Kindle ebook, which is accompanied by this website we have created about him and this documentary, I will try to help you to understand the details of this fascinating story and, more important, to discover who Ho Van Lang is.

eBook of the story available on Amazon

 

Full Documentary:

P.S: This story is a bit similar to that of the Japanese soldier, Hiroo Onoda, who spent 30 years living in the jungle of a Philippine island, believing that the war against the Americans was ongoing. Also in 2015 I ventured onto this island called Lubang, and spent a few days exploring and living in the mountains where Onoda was hidden.

 

 

PHOTO ALBUM OF THE DOCUMENTARY

Ho Van Lang looking at the horizon

Ho Van Lang searching for planes in the sky

Main river in the area

 

 

Exact area where they lived:

Map of Ho Van Lang tree house

Ho Van Lang last tree hut shelter

Ho Van Lang last tree house area

Lang eating any leaves he finds in the jungle

Ho Van Lang hunting a rat

Ho Van Lang eating bat

Ho Van Lang making fire

Ho Van Lang's umbrella 2

Ho Van Lang asexual

Ho Van Lang axe 2

Ho Van Thanh eye

Boy living in the forest in vietnam camboya

Ho Van Lang finger

Ho Van Lang betel arecan paan

Ho Van Lang counting numbers

Ho Van Lang looking at the fire at night time

Jungle man vietnam war

Ho Van Lang discovering women

Vietnam Jungle Boy

Ho Van Lang eating a rat

Ho Van Lang laughing

Ho Van ThanhHo Van Lang and the TV

Ho Van Lang and the animals

Ho Van Lang riding motorbike

Ho Van Lang baby crying 2

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mahesh July 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

Felt happy, A real story still in progress , if filmed may win oscar, being as child is best thing on the earth. Article narrated in way taking us in to Lang’s world. I feel Alvaro Cerezo is very lucky .

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:43 am

Thanks a lot for your words 🙂

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CaveMan July 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

WOW !

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:42 am

🙂

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Joshua Rothwell July 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

What an awesome story. Amazing to see the story of this man and his father but also that you care so much as to document it and spend time with them!

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Alvaro Cerezo July 10, 2016 at 5:10 am

Thanks a lot Joshua 🙂

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Allan July 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm

An incredible experience, and thanks for the good read. Really surprised and astonished at this mind blowing event. Really glad that you are there to learn and lend a helping hand and sharing it with the rest of the world! Cheers!

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

Thanks a lot Allan

The full documentary is already out 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6pcYTGezRw&t=13s

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Kyle Kristopher McIlwraith July 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm

Very interesting read! Bravo.

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Alvaro Cerezo July 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

Thanks Kyle! 🙂

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Vladimir Horbowy July 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Amazing story and great article.

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Alvaro Cerezo July 10, 2016 at 6:02 am

Thanks Vladimir 🙂

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Ashley McDonnell July 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this incredible story! What an experience.

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Alvaro Cerezo July 10, 2016 at 6:02 am

Thanks to you for reading it Ashley 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 10, 2016 at 4:08 am

Thanks a lot Joshua 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 10, 2016 at 4:08 am

Thanks Kyle! 🙂

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Moiz Khan July 10, 2016 at 5:11 am

Breathtaking.

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Alvaro Cerezo July 10, 2016 at 6:28 am

Thanks Moiz 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 10, 2016 at 5:28 am

Thanks Moiz 🙂

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Guilherme Pejon July 10, 2016 at 5:43 am

Can't wait to see the full documentary this summer!

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Alvaro Cerezo July 11, 2016 at 2:13 am

Thanks 🙂

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Thai Dang July 10, 2016 at 7:42 am

Thank you so much for your time to collect information and write this very detailed story. I’ve came across this story so many times on Vietnamese newspapers but never spend a minute to read them. This time I read it without any prejudices. Thank you again!

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 5:08 am

Thanks a lot for reading it 🙂

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Jessica Thomas July 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

i never read blogs, but I just read this from start to finish. Very interesting! In looking forward to the film.

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Alvaro Cerezo July 11, 2016 at 2:09 am

I’m so glad to hear that. Thanks Jessica 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Hansa Başak July 10, 2016 at 11:25 am

Great article. Thanks for your effort.

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Javid July 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

This was such a fascinating piece, I hope that one day I'll get a chance to experience what you did!! Thank you for sharing your truly wonderful experience with us. I cant wait to see the documentary!!

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Alvaro Cerezo July 13, 2016 at 2:08 am

Your are welcome! Thanks for reading it 🙂

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Joanna Gunningham July 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Loved reading this. What a fascinating man

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Alvaro Cerezo July 11, 2016 at 2:08 am

Yes he is. I even miss him now 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 1:05 am

🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 1:05 am

Thanks Jessica 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 1:06 am

Thanks 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 1:06 am

Thanks for taking time to read it. It wasn´t short 😛

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

Thanks a lot Javid 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

Yes he is. I even miss him now 🙂

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Chloe Wilkinson July 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

Alvaro Docastaway You're welcome! Do you stay in contact?

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Alvaro Cerezo July 11, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Unfortunately no because I need always a translator 🙂

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Thẹ Prabster July 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! It's indeed incredible.

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Alvaro Cerezo July 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Thanks a lot 🙂

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Huong Nguyen July 11, 2016 at 9:03 am

Hi, when will you release the full doc?

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Alvaro Cerezo July 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm

We will start launching short videos next week 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Chloe Wilkinson Unfortunately no because I need always a translator 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm

We will start launching short videos next week 🙂

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Trần Thế Trung July 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Thank you! Great story!

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Phuong-Anh Tran July 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Thank you for everything you did! A very thought-provoking story, about different aspects of life and human beings 🙂

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Alvaro Cerezo July 13, 2016 at 2:02 am

Thanks Phuong 🙂

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Dam Thanh Ngoc July 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

It's a amazing story. Thank you so much for having an idea to make this documental. Please let me know if you will publish a book or DVD. I'm willing to have it for me and for my friends. Bravo !!!

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Alvaro Cerezo July 13, 2016 at 2:06 am

Don’t worry. You will enjoy it on youtube 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 13, 2016 at 1:00 am

You are welcome 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 13, 2016 at 1:01 am

Thanks Phuong 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 13, 2016 at 1:02 am

Don't worry. You will enjoy it for free on youtube 🙂

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Alvaro Docastaway July 13, 2016 at 1:05 am

and thanks for sharing on your wall with those nice words 🙂

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Ruth Vichules August 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Alvaro Docastaway You can send him pictures, photos, etc (?)

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Peter McAlley October 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm

An incredible story. It gives an amazing insight into how the human race could be if it was unencumbered with all its prejudices, etc. Very sad about his father. I look forward to watching your doco on Youtube. Thank you.

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:41 am

Thanks a lot Peter

You can find the Doco here 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6pcYTGezRw&t=13s

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Sandra scott October 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

What an amazing and interesting story/ Got lost in it and I want to know much more.

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:40 am

Thanks a lot 🙂

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Vietnamese Refugee October 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

This is one instance of the Vietnamese refugees after the war. They were scared of being captured by the communist regime and put in concentration camp for the rest of their lives. They are lucky enough to survive, but countless others have died in the jungle or while fleeing oversea that no one has known of.

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:40 am

🙂

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Jenny October 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Where do I find the movie?

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Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:40 am

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