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Sapa in the mist
Sapa in the mist
Sapa has long been known as a popular hill resort, hiding so many things not only amazing natural scenery, but also people.
I came to Sapa on a misty morning in late autumn days of early October after an 8-hour overnight train ride and a half hour drive up the mountainside. Cold air of the beginning of winter days brings Sapa a romantic but gentle beauty.
Due to the limited amount of time, I chosen the typical tourist sites and the most famous in the town of clouds for my trip.

First is the conquer Fanxipan peak by...cable car. From the church at the centre of Sapa town you can easily catch a bus to the foot of the cable. Perhaps for a long time when mentioning Fanxipan - Vietnam's highest mountain and also the highest peak in Indochina, people just sigh with disappointment. Because to conquer the "Roof of Indochina" before 2016 and earlier, the only way is trekking the path along the steep mountain.

This trekking trip requires at least 2 days and 1 night to reach the top, not only requires participants to be fit to overcome the slippery rocks, they also have to withstand the frostbitten cold when camping halfway up the mountain to stay overnight. So the conquest of this 3.143m peak is just for the younger people or professional active travelers.

However, since the cable car system in Fanxipan was officially put into operation in the early months of 2016 it has brought opportunities for everyone to conquer the mountain peak without strenous trekking. No matter what age you are, young or old, you can realize the dream of your conquest. Rates for children's service is VND 400,000 / ticket and adults is VND 600,000 / ticket.

Fanxipan cable car is indeed a new experience, well worth the money you spent. Sitting in the cabin and take a sweeping panoramic view at lovely scene, the terraced rice fields, the peaceful hill tribe villages.
And nothing better than to be able to lay your hands on the 3.143m milestone, whether our young people or the previous generation, the elderly, all feel proud. Their country Vietnam is so majestic!

The second place that I visited in Sapa is Cat Cat village - a beautiful little village at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Cat Cat village attracts tourists not only by the unspoiled natural scenery, romantic beauty but also by the traditional culture, distinctive and unique of Black H'mong community living here.

There are about 800 households in Cat Cat village, the houses are located alongside the small stone path leading into village. The centre of the village is the meeting point of three small streams flowing all day and night and the Cat Cat waterfall, also known as Tien Sa waterfall, beside the waterfall are 2 suspension bridges adormed by the wild flowers, attracts many tourists to take photos and enjoy the scene. I like the feeling of walking along the stone steps going into the small village with plenty of springs, mountain, forest then stop at a wooden chair beside the white water waterfall and sniffing the taste of forest flowers, the fresh morning atmosphere and release your soul in harmony with nature.

In addition to the interesting places to visit, Sapa also won the hearts of travelers with superb mountain specialties. Grilled chicken the honey, fried pork with lemon grass, seven colored sticky rice or salmon hot pot is delicious foods that you absolutely should not miss when coming here. If you like barbeque, there is nothing more wonderful than wearing thick jacket sitting around a roadside shop in the evening with friends, select the hot fresh pork skewers. Grilled corn, baked eggs, grilled vegetables...culinary paradise is just here.

If you want to buy souvenirs for family, take a few hours walking along Church street. Young children from Red Dzao, H'mong with the colorful clothes, bring a lot of brocade products for you to choose such as necklaces, scarves, bags...all made by hand. Every stitch, not simply make up an item, it also contains joy, the talent of each person.