From Cat Ba Island I headed back to Hanoi for a few days and to fix my camera, broken from taking too many pictures of Halong Bay! After a few days in Hanoi I decided my final destination in Vietnam would be Sapa. So I took the 9 hour overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to Lo Cai on the Chinese Border and then minibus up into the mountains of Sapa. Went trekking as soon as I arrived in Sapa and the weather was fine, clear but cold. Scenery is wonderful and met lots of Local Hmong people trying to sell me trinkets all the time, but in a very nice way!. Then in the afternoon I tried to walk around the town but the mountain mist descended and couldnt even see the end of my nose!
The next day I went on a full day trek down the valley to some local villages and I was followed all the way by a group of Hmong ladies who were hopeful of selling a few trinkets and they chatted with me all the way! These ladies are so full of fun and constantly happy, despite living such a simple life in such a
harsh environment and I had an amazing day! Sapa, cold, wet, muddy but the highlight of Vietnam for me! If only for those happy, smiling, Hmong women!
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