Sapa Golden Sea
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... breakfast while we waited for our guide to arrive. Tu was great. A real happy go lucky character with a great sense of humour, I liked him instantly. He took a liking to Mikey (who doesn’t?!) and by the end of the 3 days, they were best buds!
Tu gave us a run down of what we would be doing, and because of the weather gave us the option of switching around the order of things and staying at the hotel the first night, then doing the proper trekking and homestay the next ...
... one of the local bars.
Our last day in Sapa we rented a bike in the morning and drove to a few local waterfalls and viewpoints, basically taking in the views of Sapa one final time. I realised while writing this that i may have glamorised or romanticised Sapa somewhat and painted an unrealistic picture of life here. Indeed we were extremely lucky to have such picturesque photogenic weather but regardless of the quality ...
... some noodle soup with ingredients he has carried with him. Another couple come in with their guide and sit down just for a drink and a rest. We had passed them earlier on the walk. They are from Jakarta, Indonesia but speak excellent English. Each is carrying two cameras with enormous zoom lenses that any paparazzi would have been proud of. When we get back to Sapa Nghie leaves us and we have a walk around the town. In the evening we have dinner again at Red Zao ...
... bad, restricting our vision to just a few metres ahead of us...no rice-terraces for us today! However, seeing the local villagers in action (and unfortunately also in their element pushing you for a hard sale), was an enjoyable (I think!) cultural experience. Avoiding the child beggars became a little irritating, but the trek itself and the waterfall were still so worth it. The fog did lift slightly at times for us to catch glimpses of the rice-terraces hidden below ...
... and I walked 'fast' (I guess), or maybe it's just that usually things go slower because the ground is very slippery but we got into the homestay a little early, around 2:30 pm. Our host was Mai, a thirty two year old widower with three kids. She was so sweet and kind and nice. She has a fairly large house on the outskirts of town, with hot showers and flushing toilet (requirements for being a homestay). I guess her husband died when she ...