Published: January 19th 2007January 18th 2007
Sapa is bloody freezing! What makes it worse is the high humidity and fog, which means that the air is so moist that your clothes are always damp. It goes right through you and seeps into your bones.
Our trekking group consisted of our guide Cee-Cee (cheeky 17 y.o. Hmong native), a couple of French guys, and a Jap dude. We were followed every step of the way by an entourage of local villagers whose main aim was to peddle their wares. There was no escaping them as our progress was severely hampered by the track being very muddy and slippery.
Visited 4 villages over 3 days and covered 24kms - Lao Chai (Hmong people), Ta Van (where we stayed with a local Hmong family), Giang Ta Chai (Red Dao people), and Cat Cat (Black Hmong people). Had a great night at the homestay playing a Jap drinking game with some home-brewed rice wine.
Spent one afternoon exploring Sapa town, which is a bit blah. But the overall trip was an interesting experience and well worth the journey.
There are more photos below