…Sapa, a great escape from the concrete jungle…
Sapa, a beautiful mountainous town in Northern Vietnam alongside with border of China, here are where several ethnic minority groups still continue their daily routine life with their own traditional way.
This is the time for you to turn off your phone or internet, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic city life and just rest and relax and enjoy the beauty of nature…
Agriculture remains their main source of income. People here are still living their old way, maintaining their simple life. Men taking their smoking pipes in the morning before going to work while the women knitting and cooking at the house waiting for their loved ones to return from work.
Well, to our surprise, some of them who are in contact with the foreign tourists can even speak fluent English!
There are few options for the train, the best, of course, is by Victoria Express specially for tourists with 5 star services. We travelled by using their domestic train which is less comfortable, but is still able to provide sufficient rest for us to continue our schedule on the next morning.
Beware! While you are travelling by using their domestic train, some of passengers will only get to buy a standing ticket or a place to sit along the corridor. They will try pushing their luck by taking or sharing your seat. Don’t be too kind hearted sharing your seat with them or else you yourself will suffer.
Another tip for you before you go is to try to avoid your travel during raining seasons. The night we boarded our train in Hanoi, there was a thunderstorm and raining heavily, but we were lucky as it was sunny day when we reached Sapa.
Most of our activities here were just walking and visiting the local village which was inhabited by different tribes. And also not to forgot to enjoy the beauty of mother nature, breathtaking picturesque sceneries along our way.
Our first stop was Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H’mong tribe. It was a total of 8 km walking distance. Tired and exhausted, yet, delighted that we get to see and experienced the locals daily activities, their living, their diet and how they managed their live stocks. After that we continue our walk to visit H’mong hydroelectric built by the French and the waterfall in Cat Cat.
Our first day tour in Sapa ended in the afternoon. Don’t forget to pay your visit to Sapa Market in the evening, where you can encounter lots of goods and souvenirs at very cheap prices. And maybe to get some foot or body massage before you end your tiring day for a really nice slumber.
On day two, continue to explore the other parts of Sapa by visiting Lao Cai Village; to visit the Black H’mong tribes and Dzay people in Ta Van village, and get the opportunity to have lunch with them experiencing their foods. The view along the way was breathtaking, I have to admit that even in my country where we got terrace of paddy field, but nothing compared to the scenic view which I saw in Sapa.
Another place which I would like to recommend to you guys is Hamrong Mountain Sapa, a garden which is located at the center of the town, where all different kinds of floras can be found. At the top of the mountain in the garden you will be able to see the whole view of Sapa.
Well, it is was rather hard to bid goodbye to such a wonderful place. It was the end of the 2nd day as we need to catch another night train back to Hanoi before we head to Halong bay. I’m glad that I’ve been to Sapa, it was truly amazing…