Steph and I had decided to go to Sapa to do a homestay and to explore the town over 4 days. We set off from Hanoi on an overnight train with two Swiss German guys in our cabin. After a 9 hour journey, we arrived in Lao Cai and then set off on a bus to head up to the mountains to see the rice terraces of Sapa in Northern Vietnam.
An hour later, we arrived at the hotel which was called ‘The Grand View Hotel, Sapa’. To get my energies up, I had a chicken pho and then our tour guide had said to us that we would be walking to our homestay for the first night.
Little did we know that we would already be trekking, which we didn’t realise until about 3 hours into the trip that we were actually trekking. The path was more dangerous than we thought. Extremely slippery and the group had to come together. There were endless hills.
Ironically on the side of one of the mountains, I had bumped into my fried from London ‘Tracy Poon’. The world is a lot smaller than we think.
Later in the afternoon, we finally arrived at the homestay accommodation. After taking a nap, the group had come together more over a game of dice and we set about doing more of a cultural exchange.
We observed the way the locals lived, and how simple their life was. It was extraordinary.
The following day we would continue our trek and explore waterfalls, rivers and more of the rice terraces en route to our hotel.
Arriving back at the hotel, we learned how to appreciate a lot of the smaller things that we had access to in a first world country.
We would later explore the town for food and a shopping experience with the locals; and continue learning about each other with the group.
Sapa was an incredible experience.