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Posted by on Feb 2, 2010 in Asia, Vietnam

Vietnam – Day 7 and 8 – Sapa

Vietnam – Day 7 and 8 – Sapa

Sapa, Vietnam is a tiny village way up in the mountains and the mountians are covered in Rice Paddys. It is very beautiful. I spent two days hiking through the rice paddys into all the local villages.

We did a home stay over night with a local family, but it was more of a touristy trap -it was a local family, but there were about 15 other travellers there and we all sleep in a giant room with beds on the floor! More of a Dorm. But it was still great because we spent the evening with these people; chatting, laughing, and hearing all about where they have been and what they were up to.

Now Sapa. What a place. The entire mountain is slippery and mucky (Rainy Season) so we had two days of slipping and sliding everywhere. Everybody fell on their bottoms about every 5 minutes or so. I thought it was hilarious. We traveled with some locals known as Muong People. They held our hands and dragged us around because we looked like idiots and children just learning to walk, due to the extreme amount of falling on our bottoms. One of my friends was the first to go down immediately upon saying “It is all mucky like this in Ecuador but different types of mud…” *BOOM!

My first fall is not as humorous. I was just standing there waiting and instantly I was on my butt. I do not even remember moving it is so slippery. But I bought new hiking shoes for the trip because I did not want to ruin mine! Smart thinking. Luckily I did because everybody elses shoes were SO SO SO disgusting at the end you could not even tell they were shoes: Just mud blobs with holes where your feet go! Even INSIDE the shoes is all slippy sloppy.

The local Muong people sold us all sorts of things that they made: purses, tapestries, and jewelery. They were beautiful. I bought silver bracelets for $3 and hand sewn wall hangings.

I loved it in Sapa. It was very beautiful to walk through and meet all the locals. I love the see strangers smile.

2 Comments

  1. Ohhh, I loved Sapa too – although was only there for a day….and it was so cold for me, after my months in SE Asia. The people are so gorgeous and friendly!

    • Agreed! It was wet and foggy when we first woke but within the hour it cleared and the hike was incredible. All the woman half my size practically carrying me down the hill – so funny but SO helpful