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... to hitch myself to a group (3 Koreans) and see what happens. Luckily for me, they went to the same hotel as everyone else and the misunderstanding was sorted out.
It was at this point that we met the locals for the first time. The biggest draw of Sapa and the surrounding area is that it is home to a vast group of different minorities, each with their own different language and culture. I had the pleasure of staying in a home belonging to a member of the ...
... their customs - We are so, so lucky to have the comfort and ease of access to food that we have (but really, we shouldn't take it for granted) - H'mong call buffalo poo "buffalo hot chocolate!" - Vietnamese look down on the minority groups - They use buffalo for ploughing - Buffalo are only eaten when they die in an accident, like falling down a mountain! Or, when an elder dies, then one is sacrificed as eaten by all attending the funeral - H'mong don't know how to ...
... immediately. Two things I noticed in this section of the market the tribes people loved - sugar cane and mandarins!
Moving onwards I came across the stalls selling many different items, socks, underwear, washing powder, locks, scissors etc. From there there was a large section designated for selling the different tribes people traditional dresses. Depending on the tribe depends on the dress and colours as well so this section was one of my favourites as it was so ...
... to do independently, and it was much easier and not much more overall cost wise to do it as a tour. I am so glad we ended up doing it this way, and Vega tours was a great pick.
Travel from Hanoi to Sapa was on the overnight train. It’s actually quicker to travel by bus, but we’d been told that the train was an "experience" and a much safer option. I had no expectations. You hear some horror train stories from travellers around the world! It turned out to be ...
... 2 days (which meant walking down a steep hill - I was hoping we don't have to walk up again - but we had to!!!). As we were a bit late the choices of sizes were limited. I changed my mind, but they had none in my size left. Julia was luckier, and got her wellies.
So with some delay we headed off. We were joined but three more women from the same village. After a short stop at the market, we finally left Sapa, and started to walk up the first hill. Thanks to the rain it was ...