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Dec 22, 2011 - Sapa and Halong Bay

Monday 19th We looked at the weather forecast and it said partly cloudy with a sun over the top. To you and I that means some fluffy clouds with blue in between. Not here. It's more of a misty murk that hangs very low and paints everything with a grey hue. As we left Hanoi we passed fields of rice that were being prepared by water buffalo, lots of industry and of course the life that goes on at the edge of the dusty, dirty highway. Here that means selling everything you can think of including bread, raw meat and rails of smart business...

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Mar 24, 2011 - Sapa

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Sapa, established as a hill station by the French in the 1920s, is a popular tourist destination for Vietnamese and foreigners alike. The town is often enveloped in mist making it difficult to see the spectacular setting overlooking plunging slopes that give way to terraced fields. It’s an important market town for the surrounding hill tribe peoples and they are one of the main reasons that people venture so far from the capital. The old colonial hotels that once housed the French, escaping the humid summer heat of the...

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Mar 23, 2011 - Than Uyen

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND We had made good friends with a young woman who was the head receptionist at the Hotel Elegance in Hanoi. She was very helpful during the time that Raj and Vy were with us, and again when we were making arrangements for my brother David to join us. She was very excited when she learned that we planned to travel to Sapa, telling us that it was very near the village where she her family lives. We reviewed the route that Mr. Manh had sketched our for us, and when she noticed that we would be staying the night in Than Uyen,...

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Jan 14, 2011 - Sapa

Et oui, a Sapa, c'est l'hiver. Il fait froid, pas plus de 8 degré et même si l'endroit doit être très joli, nous ne voyons rien a cause d'un brouillard dense. C'est un endroit très touristique qui était une ancienne station de montagne construite par les français au début du XXiem sielcle. Bref, a cause du temps, nous ne trouvons pas grand chose a faire durant ces trois jours a Sapa. Par contre, nous faisons un tour vers le nord, près de la frontière chinoise pour assister au marché de Bac Ha. C'est aussi devenu une attraction touristique...

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Jun 25, 2008 - Vietnam - Sapa

Catching the sleeper train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, we arrived at the station at 5am on Tuesday morning (24th June). We shared a four berth cabin with a Dutch couple, who were just coming to the end of their seven month trip and who shared some great hints and tips with us for future countries and continents. The train was good and clean – but the beds are very much designed for Asian-size rather than Phil-size people! After steering our way through the touts, we caught a minibus for the hour and a half ride to Sapa – our home for the next...

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Feb 21, 2008 - Sapa

Oh my God, Sapa is such an amazingly beautiful place high in the mountains of Northern Vietnam. From the train station up to the town of Sapa the fog covers every inch of the valley below and it's not until later during our first day of trekking that we are able to see the floor below. The overnight, sleeper train to Lao Cai (just outside of Sapa) wasn't too bad although sleeping comes sporadically through the night. When we arrive we huddle together on a 45 minute bus ride up the mountains to the actual town of Sapa. It's freezing!!! Most...

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Feb 5, 2008 - Halong Bay, Sa Pa, Hanoi

I left Ninh Binh very early in the morning by walking out on a dark highway with my head lamp to flag down a local bus that would take me to Hanoi. The scheduled sleeper bus that was supposed to get me was running late and I had to be in Hanoi by 8am to catch the bus to Halong City where I would then board a boat to see Halong Bay. Thankful for the invention of cell phones, I told the tour company I was running late and got to the anxiously waiting bus at 8:30. I then took off for another three hour bus ride to Halong City. The weather had...

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