Stunning scenery in Sapa
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We took a night train from Hanoi to Sapa on the 18th and arrived in Lao Chai station at 5.30 am. The train was suprisingly comfortable with soft beds and snuggly douvets. Although we managed to get a little bit of sleep we were still very tired, from the train we got onto a mini bus which would take us to our hotel in Sapa. Bleary eyed we looked out of the window of the bus and although we were half asleep we could still appreciate the beautiful surroundings we were driving through. After half an hour of driving through a mountain pass we arrived in Sapa. As soon as we stepped off the bus we were surrounded by the noise and colour of the tribal women who were trying to tempt us to buy their wares.
Cat Cat was a relatively small village set in the valley of the mountain range. In the middle of the village flows a substantial waterfall which is quite pretty. The villagers houses are made from bamboo and mud and each family usually has their own farm animals and patch of land on which they grow rice and corn. The way that rice is grown in this region is really interesting as the land is made into steps, each step being planted with rice, it breaks the landscape up and looks pretty cool! On the walk to Cat Cat from Sapa we were accompanied by 3 ladies from the H'mong, who obviously wanted to try their luck and eventually get us to buy some things from them but before they got down to business, we had a lovely conversation and it was really surreal walking down a mud track with 3 traditionally dressed tribal ladies, I felt quite under dressed and dull looking!
The next day we had booked to do a one day trek which took us to 3 villages; 2 H'Mong and 1 Red Zao.
For our final full day in Sapa we decided to hire Motos (motorbike taxis) and go check out a mountain pass which we hadnt yet visited and see a waterfall which was on the way. The waterfall was the first stop and it was absolutely beautiful, it was a very peaceful place to stop and for the first time in a while we heard bird song which was really nice. Alot of the wildlife here is hunted, the birds are caught and then sold as pets. Whilst in the H'Mong village we saw some children practicing their sling shot aim on butterflys so nothing here is really safe!! After our visit to the waterfall we drove on through the beautiful scenery to a kind of view point. Looking out across the lush mountains which stood strong for as far as the eye could see was breath takingly beautiful.
Today we are taking the night train back to Hanoi, I would definately recommend a visit to Sapa for anyone thinking of coming to Vietnam. Sapa is a place where you can mingle with really interesting looking, beautiful traditional people and see some amazing sights. All in all a great place to travel to.