Trekking, Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village – Sapa

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Riding a motorbike in the village.

Trekking, Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village – Sapa

Our guide La from the valley dressed up in black typical H’mong outfit picked us up at 8:00 am from the hotel and after a short drive we were at our destination from where we started our 9 kms long trekking through different tribal villages like Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van.

It was a beautiful bright morning perfect for trekking. we were 5 trekker in our group but accompanied by at least 5 – 6 H’mong young girls, did not understand why until later.

Trekking through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai was spectacular. We passed beautiful landscape of Hoang lien Son mountain then trek to Ta Van village – home of Dzay ethnic people.

We started early in the morning for a 7 km trekking!

On our way we took a break at a local roadside restaurant. Enjoyed a cold beer and the spectacular view of the villages through the window. La pointed her house in the village near distance a Vietnamese flag flying high above the rooftop. On our way met Nay (our guide for Cat Cat village) in front of her home, she was so nice to lend me her motor bike for a joy ride.

La was amazing, friendly, very much helpful and answered any question I had. She assessed my interest in photography so choose a different picturesque route. One of the highlights was her taking us to the homes of a hill tribes to attend a friends wedding. We were delighted and thrilled to be able to attend a local weeding and experience their customs and culture. We were treated like real guest. and served with special local authentic food. That was the first time I tried the ‘Happy Water’ H’mong home made wine from rice.

Rice terrace all around us!
After having couple of shots we really became happy and able to overcome the differences and became friends as if we know them for years. Everyone was so nice and friendly we really had good time there.

We walk through the village markets and finally crossed the Ta Van Bridge, climbed uphill to the parking area to be picked up by the tour Bus to Sapa. It was a great day and unforgettable experience, but still I had the typical feelings like someday I would like to return to do more.

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Riding a motorbike in the village.
Riding a motorbike in the village.
We started early in the morning fo…
We started early in the morning f…
Rice terrace all around us!
Rice terrace all around us!
Lao Chai village!
Lao Chai village!
One of our guide in Sapa.
One of our guide in Sapa.
Road side restaurant in the villag…
Road side restaurant in the villa…
Beautiful view of village.
Beautiful view of village.
Our trekking guide ‘La
Our trekking guide ‘La'
It was Sunny and hot.
It was Sunny and hot.
Local Market next to the road.
Local Market next to the road.
The road through the village.
The road through the village.
This guy was blocking our road
This guy was blocking our road
The Cat Cat village.
The Cat Cat village.
We had to cross few bridges like t…
We had to cross few bridges like …
River running through the village.
River running through the village.
After few hours of hike needed thi…
After few hours of hike needed th…
Road side shop.
Road side shop.
Local Market.
Local Market.
In the mountains Sugar cane helps …
In the mountains Sugar cane helps…
She could speak very good English,…
She could speak very good English…
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