After a weekend trip to check out the place in Sept, while spending a month in Hanoi
, I decided I would return to offer random English classes and stay for 2 or 3 weeks. Discovered a Children's village, Orphanage..."Lang Tre Em" that only opened in Sept and have been visiting every day. Although many of the little faces seemed sad at the beginning, still getting accustomed to their new home and mother, one week, a few cuddly dolls, a variety of balls (basket/soccer/volley/tennis/soft colourful play ones) some small toy cars, and a couple of badminton racquets,smiles are all the go. The reward of a loud excited welcome and a chorus of waves and long goodbyes is priceless. Although I have to say, as it has been everywhere I have travelled in Asia, the camera has provided the greatest joy for children in particular, everyone in general.
on the edge of town the rice harvest goes on in late September
In Indian slums, among the poorer minority class in Malaysia, in rural villages in Cambodia, and here in Vietnam, giving children and adults a photograph of themselves, individually and in groups, is (in my experience) unquestionably the most precious gift I have given......in 100% of the case it has created sheer delight.
If you want a quick trip, it is a 50 minute flight from Hanoi and costs around $50 e/w with Vietnam Airlines. The people are truly friendly, no tourist rip off. It is a beautiful valley, steeped in the bloody history of the country's fight to end colonialism. A huge new monument to their victory over the French in 1954 is set to be unveiled and will add value to what is already a very special place to visit.
Dien Bien Phu Hotels & Accommodations review
clean, comfortable, convenient
wifi'd, a/c, Tv, daily linen change, clean comfortable beds. Only downer is it takes a few days for the room to air out after a smoker. Helpful and … read entire review