Sapa 1600 meters
Trip Start Feb 10, 2014
16Trip End Mar 08, 2014
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Plans are only plans and "see what goes ", (Jerome) was a good way to adapt. I have been back and forth from Hanoi to Sapa then back to Hanoi and again back to Sapa. I have decided not to go to Laos this time and to stay with my friend Eddy in the small village of Tavan; 13 km from Sapa.
Tavan is a village located a bit lower than Sapa's altitude of 1600 meters. The Plan of going to Laos I let go in favour to be with and assist my friend Eddy, who is running a bar, build a house, run a family, work with people who build his house and who think and reason on a very different level, all simultaneously
I will try to tell you about this area but need to illustrate it with the attached pictures, where you will find some more comments.
The village of Tavan is just a series Vietnamese style wooden houses of simple design and construction strung out along a mountain track which used to be dirt but has been upgraded to a rough concrete “road” of about 2.5 or 3 meters wide. This “road winds along the side of the mountain and has various small side tracks leading to other parts of the village or to houses built on higher or lower levels. The house Eddy and Hi-en are living in at present (rented) is one of those typical houses. The way in which they build house is by building a wooden frame and filling the walls (where there are no windows) with vertical planks which are placed into grooves in the upper and lower beams
The valley is the home of two groups of minority people; the Red Zhou and the Black Hmong. These groups both have a different traditional dress and different language. There are about 50 different groups in Vietnam, all with their own style of clothing and their own language or dialect.
Eddy is building his own house- and that is an entirely different story and deserves a separate page (really!)