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The Sapa Trek Continued Through Ta Van Commune, Northwest Vietnam

We learned quickly not to respond to a single question put to us by the Hmong. Sounds brutal but that was the only way they finally left us alone. When I played deaf and dumb, my Hmong shouted a final insult, “I don’t like you…you don’t have money.” How true! Seven kilometers later, it was […]

A Day Trek in Sapa Valley, Northwest Vietnam

A major shocker when ex-Marine and I ventured into the lobby of the Royal View Hotel this morning. The lobby was filled with tour groups who had just arrived on the early morning train from Hanoi and other tourists already in Sapa with hordes of Black Hmong eagerly standing outside the front doors…View image, just […]

A Typical Day in Sapa, Northwest Vietnam

Jenny and Myriam visited the Sapa Market the day we arrived and noticed some dog meat for eating, tails still on. Walk down the steps into the main, outside Sapa market area with sellers displaying fruits, vegetables…View image, cooking Pho and other local dishes. The inside section of the market has stall after stall selling […]

What To Do Around Sapa, Northwest Vietnam

Sapa is home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and close to Vietnam’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan (3,143m/10,311′. This town was founded as a hilltop retreat for the French when the heat of the plains became unbearable. An idyllic spot with warm days, cool evenings and an abundance of rain in the rainy season […]

A Lu People Market Along The Way to Sapa, Northwest Vietnam

Past the hundreds of trucks and on the extremely muddy road to Sapa, we stopped at the interesting local Market…View image… filled with Lu people. The Lu live in a number of communes throughout the Phong Tho and Sin Ho districts of Lai Chau province and are part of the Tay-Thai language group. A very […]

A Major Landslide Outside Lai Chau, Northwest Vietnam

At least it was sunny this morning and all were eager to get to Sapa…View image. If it had changed a quarter of the amount Luang Prabang, Laos had in a short seven years, Sapa should be a lively, happening little town. ( I wasn’t going to miss the “infamous moving bathtub” in Lai Chau […]

Lai Chau Was Once Known As Tam Duong, Northwest Vietnam

It was a long, tortuous 10-hour drive through (albeit) scenic, winding roads (the kind that make me nauseous) to Lai Chau formerly known as Tam Duong. Tourists journey to Lai Chau because of the plethora of Hill tribe villages and markets. The dossier touted Lai Chau as “….an area that sees few visitors…we have the […]

Visiting The Pink Flower Hmong in Northwest Vietnam

This area consists of sloping mountains, hills, valleys, and plateaus that makes driving very difficult. The Vietnamese Government is building new roads and repairing old as quickly as possible but abundant amounts of rain had fallen resulting in landslides throughout Northwest Vietnam. A day didn’t go by without road hold-ups. On the plus side, the […]

Dien Bien Phu’s French History, Northwest Vietnam

Forever grateful for the ubiquitous Pho is the morning. A person can’t go wrong with a hearty bowl of noodle soup at one of these consistently very early breakfast times with long rides between destinations every day. The first time I saw someone slip my eggs into a sizzling wok with at least one inch […]

The Thuan Chau Market and Dien Bien Phu, Northwest Vietnam

The small Thuan Chau Market…View image… about 35km/21 miles northwest of Son La is held daily. An authentic, not for tourists market where the locals come to buy and sell and we were ready. Time for some minority interaction, the focus of this N.W. Vietnam trip before continuing on to Dien Bien Phu a very […]