Sapa Travel Blog
Travel blog
There are no high buildings, modern hotels, Ta Van has mostly small wooden houses, nestled behind the bamboo, beside the small streams. The main material is wood and ethnic traditions make the visitors feel more interesting and closer to nature. In here most homestays have long benches and a small table, a few pots of plants, or a green fence surrounding the house.
All visitors to the tourist site of Sapa for Tet and spring are all amazed to see the wonderful beauty of white clouds floating on "city in the mist," full of peach blossom, plum, orchid, cymbidium flowers, extremely romantic. Although the weather is cold, these flowers still bloom together to make their souls more poetic.
There are about 800 households in Cat Cat village, the houses are located alongside the small stone path leading into village. The centre of the village is the meeting point of three small streams flowing all day and night and the Cat Cat waterfall, also known as Tien Sa waterfall.
Throughout our entire meal, a middle aged Hmong woman is sitting outside the window of the restaurant, staring at us . When we glance out, she holds up her wares, pointing, indicating we buy. We try to avoid encouraging her by making eye contact, but she remains for the duration of dinner.
The roads had improved although some sections were still in very poor condition. The first turnoff down the valley brought me to Lai Chai. I knew that Lanh lived there and found the house from memory. Lanh was not home but working the fields planting rice I was told- just further up the road. Lanh's grandmother looked bewildered and probable asked who I was and what I was doing there.
The following morning we were up at seven for a nice hot shower before another enormous buffet breakfast. We packed up our rooms and checked out by 9am in order to meet our Hmong guide from the day before for starting our next trek. Today she accompanied by six other women (some carrying babies) and a few young girls, this time not trying to sell anything.
Everyone we had spoken to had said that we must visit Sapa, and we were not disappointed. On emerging from our hotel on the second day, we were glad of the fact that we had brought our raincoats and I think our guide was rather surprised when we said that we were happy to walk to some of the villages.