It’s been quite a while since I came back to Poland, but there are still so many stories in my head waiting to be posted on the blog. I can’t believe that I still didn’t say anything about our Sa Pa adventures! Well, not really adventures, because a few hours walk was the most exciting thing, but still Sa Pa in Vietnam has a very special place in my heart.
The morning when we arrived in Sa Pa was the very beginning of our friendship with Jessabelle and Macy Gray. We met 2 days before that, but then I was angry, annoyed, and tired, so when Maizey asked ‘Hey guys, do you know any good hotel in here?’ I looked at her with eyes filled with anger and I just said ‘NO’, barely opening my mouth. She forgave me this behavior (thank God!), so in Sa Pa we were already friends.
Sa Pa is a lovely town situated in North Vietnam. It is really incredible in there! There were quite some tourists (many, actually), but it didn’t really matter. The weather was great, we had the best hotel ever, and right outside from the window you could see mountains hidden in the clouds and the most amazing rice fields I’ve ever seen. In the evenings it was always a bit chilly, but I will never forget the view of a cloud passing in the street. I mean, really just passing you, standing there with your eyes wide open, because you feel like in a fantasy movie.
On the streets in Sa Pa there are like THOUSAND ladies trying to sell you bracelets, traditional instruments, or day trips to their village.I must say that they are quite good at it, as we ended our stay there with 6 bracelets, 4 instruments and one trip hehe. We chose the nicest lady (she was the least annoying and turned out to be a really cool tour guide!). Kev discussed the price, we invited Jess and Maizey to come with us, and the next day at 9 am we started our trip.
Ping, our tour guide, was a 30 year old Vietnamese woman from a village nearby. She had five children, and the youngest of them was a 3-month little girl being carried on her mum’s back all the time. ALL THE TIME. With each kilometer that we passed on our trek she was peacefully sleeping and enjoying the sun.
I still remember this day, because it was one of the best from our 7 months holiday. We walked 15 kilometres and it was beautiful all way long. The rice fields, little kids playing on the side, buffalos and ducks chilling in the sun. Ping was a really good guide – she told us so many stories about traditions and customs in her village. We had the chance to meet her culture from the inside.
After the trek she took us to her house to share lunch with us and it was such a magical moment. We could play with the little girl when her mother was preparing the food with her oldest son. We could be somehow a part of their family. We witnessed the every-day life outside of the touristic places (even with some moments that were not really necessary, like a poo-poo time of a little fellow somewhere next to Ping’s house, or a horse slaughter, bleh). The trek itself was a tourist attraction of course, but still we were in a completely different world for almost a whole day. That was such an amazing experience!
Our other days in Sa Pa were rather slow and relaxing – doing shopping and eating good food. After that we left to Hanoi, to start our motorbike trip (you can check it out here!), but I’m sure I will remember those days for a looong, long time!