Four Wonderful Days in Sapa Vietnam

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A Vietnamese girl riding a water buffalo. A Vietnamese girl riding a water buffalo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black hmong women sapa vietnam 1999 Black hmong women sapa vietnam 1999 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Red Zao woman with shaved forehead; SaPa, Vietnam Red Zao woman with shaved forehead; SaPa, Vietnam (Photo credit: Lon&Queta)

At 7.30PM our driver picked us up at our Hanoi hotel to go to go to the train station. We were taking the night train to Sapa which left at 9.00PM. We didn’t know what to expect and received the unexpected!

The journey from Hanoi to Sapa was approximately eight hours. Unable to get a private compartment, we settled on a shared sleeper compartment with two other people. We were fortunate to be sharing with a charming couple from Geneva, with whom we swapped many travel tales. We all settled into our bunks and tried to get some sleep. Alf found it easy but Marilyn found it impossible. She tried walking up and down the corridor, when she was shocked…

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