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It is a bit confusing to find a price that sounds logical in Vietnam. This time though we were lucky. We got the normal price for the bus to Sapa from Hanoi and after ten hours we were there after changing buses in Lao Cai. We were to stay here for a bit more than a week. Previously we had met a Dutch couple that they explicitly told us; “Go to Sapa, check-in in the Cat Cat View Hotel and ask for the room number 24”. The trick here was that it being the only room with a superb view of the mountains at the price of 8 USD it was not offered that easily by the reception. So we did.

Somewhere in the Sapa highlands...

Somewhere in the Sapa highlands...

Now, in Sapa everybody’s attention draws to the minority peoples. Of course you can easily skip that and just look out for those stunning views and mountains but the human/social factor has always been of great importance to the traveler. Thus some people deal with the minorities directly when it comes to tours and/or homestays etc. but most of them give their dollars to hotels. From the hotels just a few pennies reach the minorities. It is a shame but I reckon it is the same issue again with the “backpacking” community wanting packet holidays because they do not have enough time for their vacation. In any case, we were lucky to have a contact there. Her name is Su and if anybody goes up there, they can contact me for her email and mobile phone number. For some more information on the Sapa minority groups you can visit: Sa Pa, Hill Tribes of Northwest Vietnam (better seen with Microsoft Explorer).

Su - our friend and guide in Sapa

Su - our friend and guide in Sapa

Around Sapa there are a LOT of things to see. The first day what many people do is go for the nearby Cat Cat village. It is a good introduction to the H’mong people but it is a very touristy kind of place. We did too and after this we went to Bac Ha market and other walks around Sapa town including Ta Phin. The highlight though was our time spent with Su. Su is one of this extraordinary women that being a single mother she knows how to show you around. We arranged a three day trek with her and saw beautiful landscape and even more beautiful people staying in homestays throughout the highlands.  I would like to thank her again for everything! I would normally spend months and months but we had to move on. It was back to Hanoi and to visit the symbolic Halong Bay area…


Written by csm2mk

September 1, 2009 at 10:53 AM

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  1. Φωτογραφιάρα!!


    September 10, 2009 at 7:15 PM

  2. Filia re Tasouli! Sintoma konta sas 😉


    September 12, 2009 at 12:05 PM

  3. Ωραία κάρτα!!
    Δε γεννήσαμε ακόμα, περιμένουμε.


    September 16, 2009 at 6:27 AM

  4. Man, your new pictures are superb!


    September 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

  5. Hope you’re well. Where will you be between 01/10/09 and 10/10/09? I need to get away! Your mizz-terious friend.

    Mizz B

    September 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

  6. Ocomments – Octombriano tha vgei e? Ante kai kala ola!
    Diego – Trying tooooooo. Muac!
    Mizz B – I will be in the south of Laos… who, what? ;)) My visa for laos expires on the 8th though… Send me an email (if you mysteriously have it) and let me know ok?


    September 28, 2009 at 8:26 AM

  7. Como estamos? Aitor y yo recordamos el super trekking con vosotros y Su amenudo. Y estamos de acuerdo en q fueron los mejores dias de nuestro viaje por Vietnam. El mundo es muy pequeño, a ver si nos volvemos a encontrar…


    October 7, 2009 at 12:57 PM

  8. Hey! Q bien q esteis en contacto! Todo super bien. La Noemi se volvio, intendando encontrar curro y yo sigo (mi ultimo mes) en Cambodia! Un beso a los dos! Creo que nos veremos tambien – el mundo es peke peke!


    October 8, 2009 at 3:14 AM

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