My brother and I needed a break from Hanoi's motorbikes and some quiet time before our way down to Saigon, so we decided Sapa would be the perfect weekend getaway. Located in Northwest Vietnam by the Chinese border, Sapa's climate was heaven compared to Hanoi's extreme humidity.
We arrived in Lao Cai around 5 a.m. Completely exhausted from our 10 hour train ride, my brother and I were eager to get to Sapa for things like a hot shower and bed.
But before we could get to Sapa, we were confronted with this mess. Pretty much all train stations in Vietnam are major hubs for craziness. Families, taxi drivers, hotel touts, motorbikers, salespeople...you name it, they're there! It's just nuts. But for some reason, there's infrastructure within the craziness and we easily found our shuttle to Sapa.
Literally stuffed into a shuttle.
After checking into our guesthouse, Jeremy and I took a quick hike down to Cat Cat village. Located about 3km south of Sapa, Cat Cat was a nice breather from the hectic train passage to Sapa. Along our hike down to Cat Cat, Jeremy and I were joined by 6 or 7 Cat Cat village girls. All of them were very cute and sweet...well...until they were persistent in selling us bracelets and bags.
"You buy something from me? Promise???"
The girls continued to follow us and we were pretty much done with seeing Cat Cat village. It would have been a nicer hike if we weren't heckled along the way, but then again, we were the foreigners walking through their village.
Hungry in Vietnam
Abandoned Building Pho
Pho Bo Dac Biet
Hanoi Street Market on Pho Gia Ngu