I have always been a country girl, regardless of continent. If I have not seen the countryside I do not feel that I have seenthe true country.This definitely applies toSapa and Vietnam. Although other tourists have found this gem, it is one of the few places where you have to use little imagination to understand what Vietnam used to be.
Red ZiLocal lady of the Red Zi tribe
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After lunch we were transferred to the famous Topas Eco Lodge, the reason why so many people make this extra trip to Sapa and it does not disappoint. It has individual huts looking out onto the panoramic landscape of the mountainous padi fields. For me it is the best view I have had on all of my travels from a room. It was simply breathtaking! You can choose to enjoy this view with a cold Hanoi beer or take another walk around the grounds on the buffalo trail. Words do not do this place justice and I fear nor does a photo. You just can’t beat seeing it with your own eyes.
Chinese border & educational gifts
After walking back to the Eco lodge we had all worked up a sweat and a healthy appetite. Out local guide suggested we go back to Lao Cai and have lunch there as there was a great value restaurant he recommended. As a group we made the decision to rent one room out at the bamboo lodge so we could use the shower before boarding the train in the evening. This cost us $5 USD each, and it was worth every last penny!
As a little extra our local guide suggested that on our way down to the train station we have a quick stop at the Chinese border. This was a great little extra that none of us were expecting.
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