11.02.2013 - 21.02.2013 71 °F
Trekking up into the highlands of Sapa is a very magical place. As you arrive in the clouds that surround the town you get small glimpes of Mt. Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam.
The modern Sapa is an invigorating experience with all the mixed ethnic groups mixing together. As I walked through the ever winding backstreets I enjoyed at the same time the magnificent views of the mountains and rice fields. I was greeted by many local smiles and hellos. And of course I was trailed by the hill tribes women who were always keen to strick up a conversation and ask for me to buy some of their very beautiful handcraft.
Sapa is filled with many great small hotels & fabulous restaurants. If you are looking to buy some outfitting gear, this is the place! For every other shop is filled with North Face Gear that is a fraction of the price that you pay anywhere in the Western world. (I purchased a wind stop jacket for $30 US, in New Zealand this would have been $700+) Let's see if it lasts!
We trekked for 2 days with a H'mong trekking guide. We started at the Ta Van village just outside of Sapa and hiked for about 18 km. Lunch was in the Red Dzao village of Giang Ta Chai. From there it was up and down rice fields to our homestay in Ban Ho, a village where the Tay live. On our second day we hiked for 3 km uphill to Ta Trung Ho and back.
Red Dzao(Namtoong) Women
Hanging with the Ban Ho Tay Girls
Chatting with the local Red Dzao women, while trecking into Giang Ta Chai.
Local wood supply
Still getting around with her bag full of goods to sell at 76 years old.
Happy Ban Ho Tay Girls
Keeping the sun out
What a great sleeping mat
Rice feild in the High lands
Rice feilds stretching Into the clouds 10 K from Sapa town
Local ducks having a feed in a rice patty
My one hour massage for $6
Enjoying the 9 hour night train from Honai to Sapa
Local Sapa police man takes a break to play "Temple Run" in his phone
Watch out for momma
Our Really Cool Home Stay
Miles goes Local!!