Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is a trekking area in the far North of Vietnam, full of green paddy fields and mountain market villages. You can stay in traditional homestays with hill tribe communities. Arriving in the mist at 5am, it was a bit like the Lost island – minus the polar bears.

Sunday = 8k trek
Mon = 12k trek.
All before midday. No me, really. Productive no?

Met lots of nice trekking friends from various countries, and enjoyed beautiful mountains, waterfalls, villages, puppies (that I wanted to adopt,) and a school full of gorgeous Vietnamese children, (that I also wanted to adopt.)

The best bit was meeting the lovely Cee Cee, our guide from the CatCat hillside village. She explained how she was too old for marriage now in her community, she is 20 years old. (Apparently 14-16 is traditional.) How she taught herself English, would love to travel, and has a secret boyfriend in Hanoi. It amused me how a girl from UK and a girl from a hill tribe in remove Vietmam happily chatted for hours on that universal subject; men!

Finished the day with a glass of traditional moonshine plum rice wine in Sapa town, and a yummy Opera cake (Sapa’s answer to Sarah Lee gateaux), to continue mine, Charlie and Sophie’s efforts on our Vietnam bakery tour.

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