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SaPa, North VietNam

Written on: Friday March 25th, 2011

A journal entry from: S/E ASIA March, 2011

As were our hopes of seeing the wonders of Phongsali dashed in the rain, so were our anticipations of reliving again the spectacular beauties of Sapa, now lost in the March mists and fogs. Yes, after another 5hr. ride on a rickety little local bus over the Tram Ton Pass, the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam and seeing nothing in the thick mist & fog, we were dropped off on some unknown SaPa back street in a fog so thick you could hardly see across the street. It was very disorienting, and it took quite a while for us to get directions and find our way down to the main centre of town and find a guesthouse. In due course it all worked out and we got a decent room 1/2 a block off the main square, but what a disappointment to be in SaPa in the cold rain and fog. This is such a beautiful city when its clear -see our Journal & pictures from our 2007 Blog, -and we had so hoped to experience again the cascading, terraced rice paddies on the mountain-sides, the ethnic hill-tribe peoples, and to go trekking to some of the ethnic villages. However, in this weather, it was not to be. We did cruise the markets and the incredible shops of hill-tribe crafts, and saw many of the Hmong & Dzao hill-people around the town and market, many of whom chased us wanting to sell us their wares. We had some excellent meals in the authentic restaurants, and made the best of it, bundled up and kept warm as best we could.

 

From Renee on Mar 27th, 2011

So sorry the weather hasn't been cooperating for you!! I guess you'll just have to snuggle up with your honey to keep warm! xxoo