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Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa August 8th 2005

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa August 2nd 2005

hi everynoe as you know we have new camera and we just start to learn how to photo. we hope it will be improved the photo are from trip that we did in sapa in the vilages around enjoy... read more
my knew glasses
woman in the street of sapa
yuval in the street of sapa

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa August 2nd 2005

our photo from the trip with motorbike around sapa... read more
making cofe

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa July 14th 2005

For 6 days and around a 1000km I had the most memorable time of my trip so far. Since no one I'd been travelling with was keen to go kayaking in Halong Bay I rented a Russian motorcycle in Hanoi alone two and a half days behind a crew of five. The bike was a temperamental beast it ran pretty well until 40km outside of returning the bike when it completely took a crapper. Riding the bike through this type of country was easily the most disconnected I've felt from the travel scene since I've been in Asia. For the first 600 km I didn't see another person who wasn't a local. I might of had a taste of dog the first night though, I stopped at an out of the way town, my accommodation was ... read more
Hills to come
The high country
Hilltribe Traffic

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa July 8th 2005

It feels a bit strange writing this after everything thats going on in London. We have been on the internet alot trying to find out what happened and just hope everyone is ok? We have never felt so far from home. We are in Sapa which is in the mountains near the chinese border. It has to be the first place we have been without digital tv where we could watch bbc world and be kept up to date. Luckily the internet is quite cheap. The trip to Halong Bay was spectacular. The photos wont do it any justice and its undescribable, absolutely beautiful. We spent one night sleeping on the boat and one on one of the inhabited islands. We did some kayaking for a few hours and went to a secluded beach where we ... read more
Halong at night
Sapa Town

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa June 23rd 2005

Now that I am in travel mode, I am feeling more settled - go figure! The course is becoming a distant (at times bad, then good) memory. I had a week of sickness and exhaustion following it, as well as reaching saturation point in Hanoi. It seems like the more I learn and speak Vietnamese, the more miscommunications I have. The good news is I've passed the course and am looking forward to teaching. It's actually loads of fun! I am in a sleepy town called Sapa in the far north of Vietnam - a stone's throw from China - with a friend from my course, Jan, a Londoner. Sapa is the Asian equivalent of a European alpine resort, replete with stunning mountains (snow-capped in Winter but no skiing) peppered with rustic villages, French alpine architecture, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa April 13th 2005

Operation Flying Hmong A short afternoon in Hanoi was all that I had before I was off to experience my first Vietnamese train ride. This ride would be on the overnighter that would dump me just short of the Chinese border in a border town called Lao Cai, which lay 60km downhill from Sapa. The funny thing is, the distance from Hanoi to Lau Cai is almost 300km, which is just a few kilometers more than the distance from San Diego to Los Angeles. However, Amtrak gets me there in 3 hours while the Soviet Express, as I’ve termed this decrepit hunk of steel and iron, got me there in just under 13 hours! Fast is not an adjective one would ever attempt to use when describing this monstrosity. At the train station in Hanoi, a ... read more
Black Hmong
Silver Falls
Lord of the Rings

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa February 11th 2005

Made it to Sa Pa. A little disorganized Went for a small trek. Since I had the whole day to myself in the almost empty (except for tourists) town of Sa Pa I decided to take a little walk south to see what I'd find. It was stinking hot out but I continued walking for about an hour and saw some of the amazing terraced landscapes that Sa Pa is known for. Just a little teaser before my two days of trekking through the villages... I probably would have continued walking for longer than an hour but realized that my walk was mostly downhill so decided to turn around and head back, plus, did I mention it was stinking hot? lol After lunch I rested up a bit in my nice hotel room and ended up ... read more
Woman from the Red Zday tribe.
Breakfast with our host family.
Near the beginning of our trek.

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa June 9th 2004

Hello all, Danielle's mom, Vianne (Vi-ahn) is with us and after some getting used to, it's been okay. Danielle and I have been travelling for a month and a half. To add a new person is always difficult, but like the apes, and after a talk, we've all adapted. I have to admit that seeing her cross the street at first was very frustrating because we're used to no traffic lights and scores of bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, and cars making a bee-line for you. So Danielle and I just go across the street. The key is not to hesitate and when you hit a mark, look up to see how the traffic looks. The Asian people are used to this chaos so they'll move as long as they can anticipate where you are going. If you're ... read more
Sapa kids
More Sapa kids
Look at the fear on their faces...

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