Trip Start Dec 04, 2006
30Trip End Feb 17, 2007
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I will try to summarize the last 3 days:
Night train to Lao-cai: we met 3 Israeli guys, one lies in11 Maalot st. Holon - we met his mother in Yolanda's son wedding, few years ago, Carmala Nahaisi.
I slept well. 9 o'clock in the morning we started walking from Sapa down to the village. The weather was worm, fresh air, blue skies. Young women from the tribes, mainly th Black Hamong, walked with us. The wear their embroidered clothes, they speak some English. Part of the way was on river stones, on the edge of rice terrace - the girls helped us and we paid them or bought things. We pasted thought several traditional villages: Y-linh, lao-chai, saw also fishing guys by the river. At 4-5 we arrived at Ta-van(Zay tribe). We had dinner and slept in a "home stay house": the couple cooked delicious dinner on a fire in the other room. We were lucky to have few lamps, toilet - but not hot water. We slept all together on masstress - very comfortable and OK , murst going to bed at 20:00 as it was very dark around.
Next morning the other 4 Israeli women in the group wanted to go by Van, so we drove to Giang-ta-chai(Tay tribe, red zaw tribe walking on the road), went down to the river by feet.It is so Nice to see all these small people from the tribes, dressed in their traditional beautiful clothes. They keep talking to us, always with joy and big smiles.
On the afternoon there was a big cloud - fog with small drops of water. We went to CAT-CAT falls, on the way visiting another village, Then 14 k.m with a jeep ($20) to silver-falls: 300 stairs, "only" to the middle of the falls.
On the evening - Sapa had a severe mist (fog) - we hardly saw the love-market.
This morning we drove to Bac-Ha. It took 4 hours , as there was fog on part of the way. The landscape is beautiful, and the market was something special - lot of other tribes too. We also saw the palace. In the market I met Yohanan+Noa: he immediately asked me what about joining the trip to Eilat on January - he remembers I have not signed in it! He was together with Lilah's parents (Michal - Lilah studies with her. I traveled with her parents to East Turkey).
Then we had to catch the night train back to Hanoi, but we had only voucheres, and nobody could explain us how to get the tickets: they told us to go to the market direction! Finally a Japanese young woman took us, telling she knows what to do: she took us nearby to a guy in the street - and he had the tickets! He was a member of the company who organized all our trip to Sapa - but how could we know it?! On our walking today we met... this nice Japanese woman. Small world.
We went today to 2 museums, supposed to be open according to Lonley-plant, but were closed. We went to an old preserved Vietnamese house - it was open and nice, so was the Cathedral. All the day we walked in the street, ate and drank, spoke to people watching galleries etc.
Tomorrow we go for 3 days - so we have to pack again and get early in the morning.
Comment about the Vietnam's attitude toward France and USA, who invaded to Vietnam and captured the people: The Vietnams has no bad feelings at all toward these nations. We saw Manifests from all these years - not one paper/painting with cruel Americans soldiers. They say bad-thoughts act against the person who have them. Rita-what do you think?
They want good life, no dealing with high politic. They love Ho-chi-min: his policy(Communism) was good for them. You see happy faces - despite their hard life (their departments here contains 1 room, they eat sitting on the floor, few clothes, very crowded...).
AST tours 90$ - not recommended: food not good enought, did not give the train ticket.