Exploring North Vietnam: Sensational Sapa

About five hours drive (or 8 hours overnight train trip) north of Hanoi is the mountain hideaway town of Sapa, in the shadow of Fan Si Pan—one of Vietnam’s tallest mountains. This is a land of steep hillside rice terraces and colorfully dressed hill tribes like the Black Hmong and Dao. There’s a beautiful lake, of course, French colonial buildings, and a town that’s constantly under construction (like the rest of Vietnam). We roamed the town, took in a buffet dinner and dance show at our hotel, and visited an eclectic mostly-outdoor market. I had come down with a bad case of bronchitis, so couldn’t hike to the hill-tribe villages as we had planned. A local doc gave me some antibiotics, which perked me up for awhile.

So, let me take you on a photo tour of Sapa. As always, click on any photo to enlarge and then arrow back and forth. Please enjoy.

Sapa lake and French colonial buildings

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2 thoughts on “Exploring North Vietnam: Sensational Sapa

  1. Anita McMahan

    Beautiful pictures. So colorful. Children are so adorable.

    Sorry you were sick. Looks like s great trip!

    You guys have a nice life!

    Love, Anita

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Hi Anita. Thanks so much for looking through our post. Those hill-tribe children are absolutely adorable, and their woven clothing—wow! It really was a great trip even with me being sick. My lungs haven’t completely recovered from that, but it’s a lot better. Yeah, we try to make the most of our trips, but will we be able to take any more? This worldwide pandemic is not making it easy. We had to cancel our planned Europe trip (we would be in Prague right now, and finishing up in Paris). But in the meantime, I’m working on my blog, and then we have several books to write. Jerry is writing his science journal papers and doing a little house fixing. We’re keeping busy if only indoors. Thanks so much for writing. Love, Jennifer and Jerry

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