Monday, January 01, 2007

Xin Chao, Sapa

Sapa is a town in the mountains surrounded by many villages home to different ethnic minority groups. We spent a full day walking around the town and exploring the villages that surrounded Sapa. Because of the mountainous terrain, people have to farm on terraced land. The rice paddies were beautiful giant staircases. The weather was great at the time we were there and the views were quite spectacular.

Although the drives to and from Sapa were long, we drove through beautiful mountain passes. The roads were narrow and winded around steep cliffs. Along the way we saw the tallest mountain in Vietnam (Fansipan) and numerous waterfalls.

Now you dont have to endure the long rides I went through, just sit back and enjoy the pictures!!

In Sapa we all encountered numerous children who spoke English very well. Many were younger than 10 and had learned English just from speaking with tourists. All were dressed in the traditional clothing of their respective villages. They sold bracelets, blankets, clothing, and various other souvenirs.

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