Stopping for a rest with our travel companions in Sapa
Bee (far left) was our guide for our second and third day in Sapa. We hiked to her village (Lao Chai) for an overnight "home stay" experience. We were accompanied by two young Danish students. Metta was studying medicine and her boyfriend (we called him "Steve" because we couldnt pronounce his real name) was studying mechanical engineering. They were very smart, interesting people and we had a lot of fun together. When we parted ways, Metta said: It was nice to meet Americans who "dont fit the stereotype." We THINK that was a compliment, but we get a good chuckle every time we talk about it!
Post #11: Side trip to Sapa! July 25th 2009 We thought it was about time to catch you up on a few side trips we took when we first hit Hanoi way back in July. Wow- that seems like a life-time ago! Our first excursion out of the city was a 4-day jaunt, by overnight train, to Sapa in northwestern Vietnam. Not knowing any better, we purchased a finely organized but over-priced tour from our hotel. Our journey started at the train station a ... 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