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Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa May 21st 2015

Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese have a history of burying their dead twice - at least for those in rural areas where they have the land to do so. On the drive back from Halong Bay to Hanoi we stopped to see some first graves, often very simple ones with a rough plaque. After three years or so, the bones are dug up before sunrise, usually by the children of the deceased and with some ceremony, washed, and placed into a more permanent and ornate grave. Although it was now early afternoon and almost 40 degrees, we were also able to watch a man and his wife harvesting a rice patch for another family. Apparently they paid him $10 U.S. for the work that took about 1 1/2 hours. The rice fields in the delta are ... read more
Walking in Sapa

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa April 8th 2015

Should we trust the weather forecast in Vietnam...maybe not! After Halong, we waited few hours with a good meal in Hanoi before boarding our night train to Lao Cai. The weather forecast was pretty clear for the coming days in was going to rain...a lot! To reach Sapa, you take a tourist night train to Lao Cai, than jump on a mini-bus for 40km...up...up to the 1600 meters of altitude of Sapa. For info, Fansipan, the tallest mountain is continental South-East Asia has his summit at around 3100 meters...and is just past the corner from Sapa. And that weather forecast...well, it was bad. Mountain, spring and rain plus not make me, or the kids...happy people. I was ready for the worst...but this was it, we had planned to come. It is afirst visit for ... read more
Tiffany & Leslie
Wet moment....downtown Sapa...

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa January 8th 2015

I don’t like the cold. I really don’t like the cold. Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I really don’t! But I do really, really, really like Sapa. This place is beautiful and mystical. This morning the alarm woke us as 7.15am to start our last day in Sapa. We had chosen today to do our trek and it really was not the best day to choose. We should have gone yesterday but today is our last day and we have our trek booked in already. We chose to do our trek with Sapa Sisters after much researching before we left home. They are a business that is run by women for women. We had our breakfast and said goodbye to the lovely staff of Sapa Elite Hotel. Frankie’s friend didn’t want him to ... read more
Sapa Lil a's track and feild...
farmer working in the feild
local H'mong ladies made the kids horses out of reeds...

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa January 6th 2015

We started the day by being woken up at 5am with a knock on our cabin door saying we would be in Lao Cai station in about 30mins so we got our things ready and waited for the train to stop. We soon arrived but we hadn’t sorted a ride to Sapa. We got taken by some locals that said $5 dollars pp which we said ok to but they loaded our bags in the bus and just took off. They left us in the van for about 40mins...While they were gone I was talking to another couple in the van next to us and they had been waiting for over 1 ½ hrs. The driver came back with more backpackers to fill the van and we were on our way... We made our way up ... read more
View from our hotel in Sapa
Few different options of  foods to try on the charcoal grill
Chilling out in Sapa with theses dudes!!...

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa January 6th 2015

We got up this morning and had brekkie that was included with our accommodation. Great brekkie of banana pancakes, – not as good as Cactus pancakes on Langkawi though! Toast, croque monsieur, fruit – local mandarins and bananas and fruit juices. After brekkie we headed out and were immediately joined by 3 local women, once again wanting to sell us their wares. They followed us for about 20mins. We walked upon some local fresh produce markets where we saw locals purchasing their fresh fruit, vegetables and meat – including dog. The produce all looks so fresh. We continued on through more streets of Sapa just wandering and taking looks at all the shops, eateries and hotels. There are loads of hotels/hostels to choose from in Sapa. A lot of choice, that is for sure. We headed ... read more
walking around sapa..
Street Food Markets, fruit,veg, and meat

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa December 23rd 2014

Weihnachten in SaPa In Sapa, im Norden Vietnams, ist es recht kühl um diese Jahreszeit. Aber das hat ganz gut gepasst, denn es war ja Weihnachten und da hat es bekanntermaßen kalt zu sein. Winter eben. Zu anderen Jahreszeiten kann man in der Gegend um Sapa die Reisterrassen in prächtigen Farben bewundern, jetzt im Winter ists jedoch nur braun und gatschig. Meine Zeit verbrachte ich dort mit kleinen Wanderungen - inklusive Übernachtung bei einer lokalen Famile - und einen Moped-Ausflug in die Berge. Und weil gerade Weihnachten ist/war, auch noch mit einer kleinen Weihnachtsparty.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa March 15th 2014

I've been in Sapa in the far north west of Vietnam for nearly a week now ... it's so nice to leave my stuff unpacked in my very comfy hotel room ... it's begun to feel like home after moving every few days before this. As I've posted on Facebook, the place has been in cloud the majority of the time, but I did fortunately get some nicer weather for a two day homestay trek I did. We could actually see the surrounding mountains and rice fields! My companions on the trek were three friendly Germans - Serena, Bjorn and Jan. And 3 others who did the first day as a day walk. The seven of us had about 8 local ladies following us nearly the whole first day. As anyone has been to this part ... read more
Cafe in the Clouds...
Sapa Town
Our Motley Crew

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa February 9th 2014

Geo: 22.3945, 104.056Sa Pa is in the mountain, west of Lao Cai. It's the opposite side compared to Bac Ha and it's much greener. We managed to find an hotel with a terrace offering a great view on the Fansipan (highest summit in Vietnam). So the first evening we just grabbed some food at the market and ate while watching the sun setting behind the mountain. On our first day we just walked around and above town. We also did some shopping. There is so many shops selling cheap outdoor equipment. In the end, Elfi bought a small day pack and that's it.Home stay experience. There is many Black H'Mong women on the market trying to sell you bags or take you to their village. We decided to try a home stay. Our guide was Mu. ... read more
view over Sa Pa
our guide, Mu
rice fields

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa November 18th 2013

After a few hectic days in Hanoi we decided to go for something a bit different and go to a bit more of a quitter place and do some hiking which we hadn't done for a little while. We had been recommended a place called Sapa in the north west of the country in the mountains not far from the border with China, here there are a number of tribes which have kept their traditional ways and still live in small villages and wear their traditional clothing, so we thought this would be pretty cool thing to do as we hadn't yet seen any of the tribes in Asia. With trying to save a bit of money where ever we go we decided to get the night time sleeper train from Hanoi to Lao Cai which ... read more
On the long trek to the Red Dzao Village

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa October 14th 2013

ENGLISH TEXT BELOW --- Auf dem Weg nach SAPA machten wir einen kurzen Stopp beim Lao Cai. Hier kann man zu Fuss über einen Brück ins China gehen und spezial war noch, dass auf der vietnamesische Seite so einen Grenzstein zwischen Vietnam und China gibt. Die Vietnamesen waren alle ganz Stolz und machten 100e von Posen neben und auf dem Grenzstein. Verrückt ;-). Danach ging es weiter bis in die Berge von Sapa. Weil sie nicht mit uns gerechnet hatten, reservierten die Vietnamesen schon im voraus ein 6er Zimmer. Aber das war kein Problem für sie und so checkten wir zu 8 wieder mal in einem 6er Zimmer ein. Da wir am Mittag keine Pause gemacht haben, gingen fast alle Vietnamesen inklusive Jan um 15:00 ihren Mittagsschlaf nachholen. Viet und Vy machten sich auf dem Weg ... read more
an der chinesischen Grenze
eine Brücke nach China
überall sieht man Menschen von versch. Bergvölkern

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