Room without a view!
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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Mountainous Sapa is a town which had been changed substantially by tourism. Once a small rice-growing village it is now a thriving tourist centre for a mainly European trekking crowd. The countryside around Sapa is breathtaking although often obscured by cloud. Terraced rice paddies and villages adorn the steep sided mountain valleys but unfortunately for us the rice harvest has already occured and now only brown empty terraces remain
The weather is Sapa is renowned for being cloudy and misty a lot of the time. Our two days spent here were in think mist but luckily on the second day the mist cleared for short periods allowing sneaky peaks at the surrounding views, which we enjoyed on a walk to the closest local village, Cat Cat.
Sapa also seems to be home to some very fine bakers selling posh French cakes, which we enjoyed when hiding from the weather over a nice steaming cup of earl grey tea!
Tomorrow we start a two day journey to Laos. Unfortunately it involves some very long bus journeys along winding unpaved roads, although by now we should be hardened to such trips.