Vietnam

Vietnam, Northern Highlands

The second day of a four day/four night trip between Hanoi and Sapa in the furthest reaches of northern Vietnam, and back. Today began in Nghia Lo and wound through and above the extraordinary Tu Le Valley, up and over the Tram Ton Pass, the highest in Vietnam, and ended in Sapa, the focal point for this now-heavily visited area.  More specifics about the trip another time, but here are a few quick shots.

The first is about an hour north of Nghia Lo (itself about 200km northwest of Hanoi) where the day began. Saw LOTS of rice paddies today.


These are overlooking the Tu Le Valley.


We made a brief visit to say hello at a primary school in a village just north of Mu Cang Chai, just in time for gym class. I made a quick guest appearance at an English class.

A view of the Tram Ton Pass road, absolutely breathtaking. Highest point is 2074m.

And finally, a woman in the market in Sapa who sold me a cheap pair of pants I’ll probably never wear.

Tomorrow is a trek to some fairly isolated villages, and a homestay with a local hill tribe family. I requested a bunk with wifi, but my hosts haven’t gotten back to me on that yet.

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