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May 20, 2010 - Homestay at a Hmong Minority House

Together with Leon, Marie – a Norwegian girl, and a Dutch couple, yesterday, we hit the road to go on a two days hike through the surroundings of Sapa. As the icing on the cake on the first day we would have a “homestay” – so we would sleep in one of the villages, cook, eat and drink with a real Hmong family and experience life in an authentic Hmong village. We started walking right in front of our hotel led by two minority girls that next to their own supplies were supposed to carry all the food and water for the rest of us in one of the...

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Peter's World Tour

May 18, 2010 - Hardselling Natives

After this horrible bus ride yesterday, I am finally in Vietnam. I did not see much of the town yesterday except for the “Gerbera”, an excellent Vietnamese restaurant a bit off the touristy main road. But today I wanted to change this and embarked to explore Sapa - of course not on foot, but on a motorbike (actually it’s a scooter, but they call it motorbike). Funnily, I met a German guy, Leon, in the hotel lobby that was about to do the same thing, so we agreed to go together. There were two options for the rental of a motorbike – you...

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May 17, 2010 - Mit Hinterwäldlern im Hinterwäldlerbus nach Hinterwalden

According to the Lonely Planet the bus to Hekou – the Chinese border city on the border to Vietnam – takes four hours. Since I had heard that although the border is supposed to be open until 9 pm, partly travelers had been denied access into Vietnam by border officials after 6:30 pm, I had decided to take the early bus that left Yuan Yang at 7:30, although I felt like sleeping in, to compensate the lack of sleep that I had piled up in the past days. In hindsight I am glad that I had decided against more sleep and more temporal flexibility...

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Oct 28, 2009 - Sa Pa

We have just returned from a trip to Sa Pa. It is a village high up in the North of the country. We had to take an overnight sleeper to the town of Lao Cai, which is just 2 km from the Chinese border. We were then taken a further hour in a mini bus high up into the mountains to Sa Pa itself. Even before we reached Sa Pa we passed barefoot children in traditional, tribal dress walking miles to the local school as early as 7 am and local people walking around in the costume of their particular tribe (of which there are several just in this...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Sapa

Took the night train from Hanoi to Sapa - very fun. We always enjoy the train. Today we visited Cat Cat village and saw many minority peoples who live in the mountains. Lots of handicrafts and interesting costumes. It's been pretty pleasant weather here as compared to Bangkok and Hanoi - not so hot.

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Jun 24, 2009 - Sapa

Sorry I,ve been out of touch, Vietnam is crazy. Right now I'm in Kunming the capital of the Yunnan province in China. It took me a few days to get a vietnamese visa but things finally panned out. With a visa in hand I hit the beach in the south china town of Behai for one more night and showed the locals how to body surf on beaches similar to NC. I crossed the border right along the coast and took a three hour boat ride into Ha Long City. The ride was filled with awesome views as the dramatic scenery lead up to the bay that has made it...

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Apr 27, 2009 - Sa Pa, Vietnam

Sa Pa is a mountainous area north west of Hanoi near the Chinmese border. It is home to several ethnic minorities. People come here to hike for several days(there is also a scenic national park here) and stay a night or two in the home of one of the ethnic minorities. The land is very steep, and hiking can be a challenge at times. Almost all of the land outside the national park has been cleared and terraced for rice farming. (See pictures) Most of the people who live here immigrated from China around 400AD. They learn Vietnamese at...

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David's 2009 Travels

Mar 22, 2009 - Sa Pa, Vietnam

A delayed flight and the need to make the night train to Sa Pa made arriving back in Hanoi Friday night quite a chaotic experience. Rains delayed our flight from Vientiane, so our 2 ½ hour window to make it into the city (almost an hour in traffic) was drastically reduced. Our taxi sped us into Hanoi to the tour office to pick up the train tickets. Then, off again to the train station, where we fought through mobs of people, motor bikes, and cars in order to reach the station. While we thought that we had reserved tickets to the 10:00pm...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Sa Pa

Today we had a free day to wander the hilly streets of Sapa. I took many pictures, but with all this eerie fog, who knows how many will actually be what I hoped to capture. Had a chance to explore their markets a little more and wander through the town site to to edge of town so I could look back on the town perched on the hill. Sat at a cafe for lunch and watched the colorful ethnic people go by, hawking their wares. They are persistant in asking, but don't bother you once you've turned them down with a polite "no, thanks". Once again the...

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Heather's Asia Trip

Mar 18, 2009 - Sapa hill station

We took yet another minivan up some tortuous winding roads to the hill station of Sa Pa. The french used this area as a retreat from the heat of Hanoi for years so there is a lot of french architecture left. Once again the whole area is misty and mysterious looking. We are in a large mountain area very close to the Chinese border. The area is known for the many minority ethnic groups found here. They have migrated here over the years from China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia etc. They farm their rice in terraces that run like giants steps all up...

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Mar 8, 2009 - Sa Pa - in den kalten Bergen Nord-Vietnams

Bevor wir uns in die Berge begeben noch ein kurzer Nachtrag zum Wasserpuppentheater in Hanoi und zu Gustav. Beides haben wir sehr genossen. Gustav, ein Freund aus Wien, war wegen einer Tagung in Hanoi und hat sich aus seinem gedrängten Programm eine knappe Stunde für ein Bier frei gestrudelt. Das Wasserpuppentheater, bei dem die Puppenspieler bis zum Bauch im Wasser stehen und ihre Figuren mit langen Stangen unter der Wasseroberfläche bewegen, brachte Szenen und Erzählungen aus dem Alltag und der Geschichte des Landes; besonders beeindruckt...

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Feb 25, 2009 - Sapa

The overnight train to Sapa was fairly decent. For $24 you had a tiny room with 4 beds, in which Jamie and I shared with another pair of travelers. To ensure I slept on this ride, I purchased some Valium that is very easy to get over the counter at any pharmacy. We arrived in Lao Cai(close to the Chinese border) around 0530 A.M. and caught a mini bus to Sapa for 30,000 dong. There were guys trying to rip the tired tourists off for trying to sell them a spot in their minivan to Sapa for $100-200,000 dong, but I told them to take a hike and...

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