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Supa Sapa; in the mountains near the Chinese border.

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He's saying 'welcome to Sapa!'in dog-speak.. either that or 'One step closer missy & I'm giving you rabies..'?

Sapa is a smallish town in the northern mountains of Vietnam. Much of the population is from the Hmong tribe. Tribes-people still wear traditional dress (see picture) and live by working the land.  Because of this, and because of the stunning views, there’s quite a big influx of travellers passing through Sapa as they ‘Do’ Vietnam.

 

I met a chap, Elvin, (Easy name to remember: I just visualise Alvin the Chipmunk in an Elvis outfit) in Phu Qhoc who said he’d hated Sapa as he felt it was “Disneyland of Vietnam.” I can see his point, but have to disagree, because I quite liked it there.

 

There were a few stand-out memories for me:

 

1)      The cool crisp alpine-esque air and misty green mountains.

 

2)      View from my lofty hotel balcony where I could see the local community spread below; haphazard houses all branching off one steep winding road, where kids attempted to play football in the evenings, despite the unforgiving gradient.

 

3)      English café/pub place run by a friendly Vietnamese couple who served my favourite things like muesli and ploughman’s salad.

 

4)      Full day motorbike tour around the hilltop communities within a 50K radius of Sapa.

My guide was a lovely man who had only got married the previous week: he beamed when he spoke about his wife, a schoolteacher, and fiddled with his wedding ring constantly.

 

5)       In one of these hilltop villages I met a young mother who happily allowed her four-year-old daughter to run around with a sharp machete chopping up bits of sugar cane to chew on. In another place I drank tea with elderly ladies whose teeth were jet black from a lifetime of sucking some plant.

 

6)      The stunning ‘Park in the clouds’, rising above Sapa… accessed via pretty, steep cobbled streets. Once there you’ll find a garden full of natural monoliths, another garden with roses, another with bamboo & pot plants, and all around the edges there are beautiful views over valleys patterned with green paddy fields and yellow conical hats.

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photo by: Paulovic