Took the night bus from Hanoi to Sapa
and arrived in this delightful mountain town.
One of its main attractions is this old church
where Hmong vendors sell little knick-knacks
although they have an allotted market
and they aren’t allowed to sell stuff on the streets
because of some code of conduct for visitors.
There is a lake and a park
another of their public spaces,
that is well kept and tourist friendly
(reminded me of Boulder, Colorado).
Sapa is home to the Hmong community
and we found this grandma making clothes
I had to buy one for myself so I chose one
and gladly obliged from this local tribal designer.
Sapa had its leftover French architecture
and looked like there were new hotels coming up.
There was a square in the middle of the town
a picturesque setting
nice to just sit and watch people
playing football, volleyball and chilling
there were young kids
dressed in traditional attires
who would try sell little trinkets and bracelets
Towards the end of the day
we also managed to visit the church
blessed bountifully to be in this beautiful town.
even if you have never kayaked in your life
do not say no to kayaking in halong bay.
firstly, it is part of the tour package
(you already paid for it)
secondly, the waters aren’t too wild
(no rapids or rocks to capsize your kayak)
thirdly, the caves are impressive
(you feel like you are in a movie)
fourthly and most importantly,
you just kayaked in halong bay.
My Son (pronounced mi-son) is probably
the most unheard temple ruins in Southeast Asia.
It is not Angkor Wat
but these are Hindu temple ruins
after the fall of Champa kingdom.
To make matters worse,
we have the Vietnam war bombing
that wrecked the place.Today, it stands as a popular destination
for offbeat travellers curious to explore
since it has joined the elite club of
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Fairy stream is all about a nice long walk in sole deep water.
The soil is red but the water is clean and
perhaps it could be seen as some kind of therapy
for people who never go barefoot.
In the first few minutes of your walk,
there is a sign for “ostrich riding”
and there are also a few stalls selling fruits
eatables and souvenir items.
But otherwise you don’t spend a single penny
to explore fairy stream.
It is an off road adventure
that requires one to explore
beautiful rock formations
and truly enjoy nature.
These rock formations are sandy
and could apparently fall off too
But it was an easy walk on the stream
that was so charming and clean
While the end of the stream
was but a tiny waterfall
it rang true that it is the journey
not the destination that matters after all.
Since we had parked our bikes
in front of the Burger House
we went there after our walk
and watched people pass by…
But the favourite sighting of the day
has to be this t-shirt of Trump
as we walked out of that place.