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  • Day2


    October 5, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On our arrival at Sapa we were met by May (Li Son May) who walked us to the Sunny Mountain Hotel. May is from the Red Dau tribe. They wear red and white scarves over their heads and have distinctive embroidered clothes. As we got off the Sapa Express bus we were inundated by women with goods to sell. "You buy?", "Maybe later?" and they would follow you until they were sure you were not going to buy.

    Sapa was a bit of a shock. Highrise hotels going up everywhere and traffic hectic, narrow streets and horns tooting constantly.

    After a short rest we met with May again who walked us through Sapa to Catcat.

    We combined over dinner at the Indigo Restaurant (soups and spring rolls) to write the following notes about our walk...
    - We saw the Funicular Train station which runs out to a cable car which goes to the highest mountain. Then its a thousand steps to the top. We won’t have time to do it though.
    - May demonstrated grinding the grain and we had a go (see pics).
    - We visited Cat Cat garden which is a place set up where many Vietnamese tourist girls, who had hired hilltribe costumes, were having their photos taken.
    - May made us some horses from bamboo branch, somewhat like clowns creating balloon animals.
    -She showed us her beautiful embroidery.
    - we learnt that marijuana is grown here for the hemp.
    - May takes tours, as well as manages her farm of rice, corn, chicken and pigs. She used to make clothes from hemp.
    - There were shops lining our walk for most of the way selling hilltribe clothes, embriodered goods, toys, confectionary, instruments plus much much more
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