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30/07/2011 | Sapa, Vietnam | 0 Comment |


Minority ethnie group during sunday market

From Hue we went all the way north to Sapa, some 1’000 kilometers trip in 2 days! After 15 hours spent in a sleeping bus (fit to sized small Vietnamese people!), we arrived in Hanoi. We had to spend the whole day in the city with our heavy bags in order to take the night train to Sapa. The only problem was that it rained all day, we were literally soaped!!!So we finally spent the day drinking delicious Vietnamese coffee (and some beers too), eating and playing cards. The night train to Sapa resulted to be a great choice. Quite secure, quite comfortable. Arriving at 5.00am, we were only able to check in into our hotel at 2pm! So, after 2 days travelling with very poor sleep and only hoping for a nice and warm shower, we spent the afternoon in the room.

Sapa is a climatic station founded by the French surrounded by terrace rice paddies and offers amazing views!  Around 20 mountain minority groups live up there, we can differentiate them especially by the color of their clothes and hats.

We were lucky to see the “Sunday market” where the people come down the mountain dressed in their typical costumes, so colorful, so beautiful! They were selling all kind of stuff, food and even dog meat which seems to be the preferred meat up there.

Of course, we did a trek to see some traditional villages, not very “traditional” anymore, since massive tourism makes the same circuit every day. But still, it was amazing to discover the differences between minorities, the way they live. We hadn’t enough time up there, should come back, we would plan a 5 days trek deeper into the mountain.



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