Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sapa, My New Favorite Place

Sapa, Vietnam, is close to the border with China and filled with gorgeous rice terraces and stunning mountains. The air was fresh and cool, and the people were friendly and so different from anyone else I've met in SE Asia.  It's a bit touristy in the sense that many villages send out women to sell thing and help us walk along the dirt paths, but it's also the way they live; water buffalo and rice are the primary currencies, and life revolves around ownership of these two resources and land.

We were there for 3 days, and took an overnight bus there and back. Thus we were a bit underslept, but the beauty and weather was so refreshing that it was easy to enjoy everything!

The view from our hotel

Motorbiking with our rat-pack - Dutch, Canadian, English, Danish, and American

Silver falls - Biggest waterfall in N Vietnam
 We did 3 days of trekking around Sapa and went to a homestay in one of the villages as well. It was an amazing experience and we had a very fun group of young people, as well as some fun middle-aged Spanish women who wanted to play cards with us and allowed me to practice my poor Spanish. Overall, this was one of the best experiences I've had in SE Asia!
buffalo buffalo rice paddies

Local women


Our guide, Dink, and her 18 month-old baby


homestay!! Playing spoons for 6 hours straight

Yeh, my little guide who kept me from falling in the mud
After Sapa, we're off to northern Thailand to see the mountains and temples. Can't wait!

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