Travel Blogs from Lao Cai, Vietnam

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Orient Express....well, not exactly...., Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Orient Express....well, not exactly....

A travel blog entry by averyusa

Took the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, arrived at 5am, then short bus trip to ...

A very long drive, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

A very long drive

A travel blog entry by salmorton01

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... winds and climbs around a mountain. There are lots of huge trucks using it. Apparently there is a main highway from Vietnam to China through Lao Cai, but as there are heavy taxes many drivers use this back way and just accept every now and again the ...

Sapa to Lao Chai and Ta Van, Sa Pa, Vietnam travel blog

Sapa to Lao Chai and Ta Van

A travel blog entry by petercubit

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The train from Hanoi arrived just after 5am carrying many travellers to this scenic part of Vietnam. We had both only got about 4 or 5 hours sleep, however I was heavy with cold. We were met by not one, but two guides. A few phone calls were made until a ...

Op de trein naar Sapa en trekking in Sapa, Sa Pa, Vietnam travel blog

Op de trein naar Sapa en trekking in Sapa

A travel blog entry by nathalie_2505

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Op 1 januari vertrekken we vanuit Hanoi met de nachttrein naar Lao Cai, richting Sapa. Deze trein is veel luxueuzer dan onze vorige. Dit is een echte toeristentrein. We delen de kamer met 2 Amerikanen. De nacht verloopt wat onrustig,enkele van de groep ...

Frontière chinoise et marché de Coc Ly, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Frontière chinoise et marché de Coc Ly

A travel blog entry by marie-claude.g

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Nous avons atteint le point le plus éloigné de notre boucle, il faut maintenant rallier Hanoi. Il faut d'abord rejoindre Lao Cai, grande ville à la frontière chinoise et faire un détour d’une soixantaine de km pour aller visiter le marché ...

Sapa, Sa Pá, Vietnam travel blog

Sapa

A travel blog entry by gingercake

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Woke up this morning feeling very tired... Can't remember the last time I slept so deeply. Breakfast was good. Fresh fruits, then a banana pancake with honey.. Forgot to mention that last night dinner was good too. We ate at sapa rooms.. A restaurant ...

Day 15 Sapa, tp. Lào Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Day 15 Sapa

A travel blog entry by strawney61

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Train arrived in Lao Cai at 5am we were met up by our Guide May. May proceeded to tell us what we had installed for the day. It was a hour drive to Sapa and we booked into our hotel ready for breakfast. We were very grateful The Bamboo Hotel allowed us to ...

Des montagnes, encore et toujours, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Des montagnes, encore et toujours

A travel blog entry by erolacviet

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Le programme d'aujourd'hui est quelques peu modifié puisque nous irons visiter un marché communal du village de Huang thu Pho. Les montagnes se succèdent donc de Sapa en descendant, puis en remontant et redescendant encore. Attention aux ...

Sapa-Mountain Bike Ride, Saoa, Vietnam travel blog

Sapa-Mountain Bike Ride

A travel blog entry by corruptcanadian

... around northern Vietnam, and I don't have a clue what village i am in!! After arriving on an overnight train from Hanoi I arrived in Lao Cai at about 6am. Laura, Stacey, and I are going on a 3 day mountain bike tour that will cover a lot of northern ...

ALMOST GOT SCAMMED, Bac Ha, Vietnam travel blog

ALMOST GOT SCAMMED

A travel blog entry by travelswithoupa

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... very sleepy and surprised hotel staff told us No! No! 5 pm, so back to bed for some more welcome sleep. We left mid morning for Lao Cai reaching the restaurant where we were to connect the next bus at 10 am. The bus didn't arrive, wait till 11 am then 12 ...

first experience of Vietnamese sleeper buses, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

first experience of Vietnamese sleeper buses

A travel blog entry by beoms

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We did the 8h journey between HaNoi and Lao Cai on the night bus. Here in Vietnam they have sleeper buses which mean you can lie down. Well for tall people it's not that great as they can’t fit in. The sleepers are Vietnamese size. Still it is ...

Hiking, Sa Pa, Vietnam travel blog

Hiking

A travel blog entry by usarvtrip

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... We got to meet members of the Black Hmong and Dzay (these are more Chinese) ethnic tribes. After lunch we passed through Sam 2 village (Lao Chai) and then finally Ta Van. Walking a trail with someone is the best way to get to know them. We truly felt ...

Waterfalls & Train to Hanoi, Lào Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Waterfalls & Train to Hanoi

A travel blog entry by usarvtrip

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... a local cafe. Great location sitting on the veranda, watching the world go by ... and there was a LOT of world as this was Vietnam Day weekend and it seemed like everyone had descended on Sa Pa. I'm not really sure why, it's not like there's much to do ...

Trekking, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Trekking

A travel blog entry by shelleydarcy

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The group split into two to go trekking. After a short trip down through small villages and rice paddies the walk began. Scott said it was downhill but that wasn't quite the case. Some adventurous people had a swim....remember it's winter up here. The ...

Sapa Trekking, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Sapa Trekking

A travel blog entry by wandering_nomad

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... talked into the wee hours of the morning. This was probably one of the best train rides I've ever been on. The train arrived in Lao Cai, the jump off point for Trekkers heading to the hills. From there we hopped a bus to Sapa. While waiting for the bus ...

Jour 6 : Lao Cai --> Sa Pá, Sa Pá, Vietnam travel blog

Jour 6 : Lao Cai --> Sa Pá

A travel blog entry by val71

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... avec de nombreuses boutiques, ses petits marchés et marchands ambulants. C'est l'une des villes les plus froides du Vietnam. Les femmes Monghs (population représentant une minorité ethnique) arpentent le village et essaient de vendre aux touristes des ...

Mist shmist Im over it already What can I tell you, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Mist shmist Im over it already What can I tell you

A travel blog entry by jasnkaz

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... a few shots with my face as we whisked her out into the street and took off for her village Tha Phin between Sapa and Lao Cai. The New Year celebrations are ramping up and out in the country all the locals grow peach trees that become a valuable commodity ...

Day 04 - A kaleidoscope of sound and colour., Sa Pá, Vietnam travel blog

Day 04 - A kaleidoscope of sound and colour.

A travel blog entry by raska1

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Wandered up into the local market which we rode through on the way into Sapa or Sa Pa. Everything was for sale, from machetes and swords, fabrics, clothes and jewellery to dried condiments and medicines. The produce and conditions was also much cleaner ...

Lao Cai, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Lao Cai

A travel blog entry by mie

Our final stop in Vietnam ... we'll try to make our way to China today. Can only say that we really have seen Vietnam from bottom to top. Kunming is our first goal in China - always exiting with a new country and especially this one where the nature is ...

Mu Chang Chai to Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Vietnam travel blog

Mu Chang Chai to Sa Pa

A travel blog entry by logiburtn

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... to a lovely lunch. Way too much though for just the 2 of us. We had a veg broth soup for starter. Then some spring rolls. Vietnam know how to do them well. We then had the main dishes, a fried pork dish. Some sizzling chicken, a plate of veg and lots of ...

Sapa, tp. Lào Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Sapa

A travel blog entry by paulmaysey

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... to the pier, the ferry to Haiphong, the bus from Haiphong to Hanoi and then waited around for 6 hours or so for the night train to Lao Cai, then an hour bus from Lao Cai to Sapa! 9am until 8am the following day basically. Roy left us is Hanoi as he was ...

Eighth day, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Eighth day

A travel blog entry by andrewm1

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We awoke early and had a delicious breakfast around 9.00am. We've booked a motorbike for $5US. We changed some money and organised some laundry for 50,000d for a big bag. We jumped on the motorbike and after a spin around by myself to get my bearings, ...

Spectacular Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Vietnam travel blog

Spectacular Sa Pa

A travel blog entry by helena.greg

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... I think about people being in the wrong seats but I just hid under my blanket and hoped no one would start shouting at me in Vietnamese. At Lao Cai, up in the mountains about 2 hours from Sa Pa I had a panic, the first of my trip, it was the middle of the ...

Nostalgic train ride, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Nostalgic train ride

A travel blog entry by wilsonheng

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... lower than my feet. Passengers or staff at other cabins seemed to ignore the non-smoking sign (who am I kidding, this is Vietnam), so it was constant annoying smoke everywhere. The rumbling of the train was not that noisy but the screeching of the train ...

vesnička Cat Cat, Sa Pa, Vietnam travel blog

vesnička Cat Cat

A travel blog entry by lukibali

Dnes jsme vyrazili trochu do okolí. Ráno, tedy spíš chvilku před polednem kdy jsme se vzbudili, jsou mraky dost nízko a výhledy moc nejsou. Jdeme tedy nejdříve na polévku, pak chvilku na pokoj a pak vyrážíme na procházku. Za ...

border crossing II, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

border crossing II

A travel blog entry by karissa

motobike to the border, lugged our stuff over a bridge into ...

Two Buses from Sapa, Sa Pá, Vietnam travel blog

Two Buses from Sapa

A travel blog entry by organisedchaos

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... ;landslides?). And did I mention that the journey takes two days by bus, and these places are in two different countries---Vietnam and Laos, respectively. Given the weather I was tempted to give it a miss and take the standard 24 hour bus ...

Lao Cai, au Nord de Hanoi, Lao Cai, Vietnam travel blog

Lao Cai, au Nord de Hanoi

A travel blog entry by merefilles

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... évidemment, s'y trouvait aussi les rizières en terrasse.  Au marché, on peut côtoyer différentes ethnies du Vietnam.  Les femmes portent les vêtements traditionnels et font les courses, alors que les hommes en profitent pour manger et ...

Trekking throygh sapa, Sa Pá, Vietnam travel blog

Trekking throygh sapa

A travel blog entry by gscoombe

To end our trip in Vietnam we headed up to Sapa which is the north part of Vietnam right by the Chinese border.  Sapa was hands down ther most beautiful place we have vistited so far, its really impossible to describe just how amazing it is.  ...

Sapa - Trekking and Homestay, Sa Pa District, Vietnam travel blog

Sapa - Trekking and Homestay

A travel blog entry by adamwaugh

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... as it was rumoured to be freezing cold and there was a lot of walking involved. We got the overnight sleeper train to Loa Cai, a small town 1 hour from Sapa. Thankfully this time our cabin was a lot more comfortable than our last experience. We had power ...

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