The northern countryside of Vietnam
21.09.2011 - 24.09.2011 -30 °C
I write this next section whilst on a supposedly 'sleeper bus'with raving music, strobe lights, and raunchy videos. All i can say is please just get me to my destination safe and sound.
Sapa: We left for Sapa in the north of vietnam on a sleeper train. The train station in Hanoi was very difficult to distinguish as a train station. The sleeper train rocked from side to side but we managed to get some sleep until we arrived in Lao Cai at 5am. We then took the bus into the mountains of Sapa. Absolutely beautiful, vasts amounts of green rich paddies and colourful hills. We started the trek into the Sapa tribal village. We were followed by the tribal women who wore baskets on their backs ready to sell their goods. However, they turned out to be extremely helpful, little woman who have hidden strengths. I would have slid all the way down the hill side if it wasnt for these women. This however did not prevent me from falling onto my knees and my legs getting absolutely covered in mud. All i could do was laugh it off and carry on. I couldn't believe that these woman do this trek on a daily basis, even some very small children too. Arrived in the hill tribe village where we spent a night with one of the hill tribe families. we ate beautiful food and drank shots of rice wine. So far the weather has been great, no thundering rains storms yet, however it did get quite chilly at night. A typical day consists of four seasons; cool spring in the morning, sunny summer in the noon time, cloudy autumn in the afternoon, and cold winter in the night time. On our second day of trekking we were given glorious sunshine. A young tribal girl named May guided us up and down the muddy hills. The scenerio was incredible. We arrived at the waterfall where we ate lunch. Lunch consisted of chilly noodle soup with a fried egg slapped on top and small children begged us to give them money. Our journey back to the train station consited of dark blind corners down a spiral winding road down the mountain. The overtaking made your heart skip a beat. When we arrived back into the capital at 5am back to the hostel for shower after our muddy trekking. We later went to watch a 'water puppet show' with dancing dragons and story telling. This now takes me back to my 'sleeper' train. wish me luck!