Trecking to Villages in the Mountains of Sapa November 17th 2007 The 8 hour night train from Hanoi to Lau Cai was perfect. I was completely gubbed when the train pulled out of Vietnam's capital after the time in Ha Long Bay and I was asleep before I new it, indifferent to my new couchette mates and unaware of the train's bumps and jolts along the way up to the mountain town of Sapa.
On arrival at Lau Cai train station at 6am, I jumped in a minivan for the 30k ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more