Sapa day 2 & overnight train to Hanoi
Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
17Trip End Jan 25, 2010
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Victoria Hotel & Livitrans to Hanoi
Yesterday we walked for about 6 or 7 kms, and enjoyed stretching our legs in the sunshine. Today is a completely different story - it's freezing cold and the sleet on the ground means it's very muddy underfoot. Kym's glamourous Merrell walking shoes didn't hold up too well and there were some tense moments as we set off on the walk.
The local area is very hilly and the walk to the Cat Cat village is downhill and quite steep. We visited a Black H'Mong village and went into one of their houses for a steaky beak. It felt awkward as we stood in their primative living area and watched them sitting around a fire. They are compensated for the invasion of foreigners by tourist dollars but amazingly don't seem to mind uninvited guests dropping in.
We continued downhill to a beautiful waterfall, and saw a colonial French hydro electric pump. We set out for the walk back uphill and made it to a gallery about 1/3 of the way up, where Kym bought some drawings by local artist Tran Trong Chien. Kym claimed a shortage of time required a motocycle taxi from here and we scooted back to the hotel in no time.Although Mike thought there would be a medical emergency judging from Kym's increasingly red face & loud wheezing from the walk up the hill.
We were picked up by Vung about 5pm for the 30 min drive back down to Lao Chi to catch the train to Hanoi. We upgraded to a private sleeper - which we meant we very indulgently bought the other two berths in the compartment - and settled in for another rocky night of interrupted sleep.