Haven’t posted as we’ve been busy little travelers up in the hills of Sapa. The quiet and cooler weather up here is a welcome relief. Sapa is the coldest part of Vietnam getting down to zero degrees and snowing in some areas. But while we were here it was a lovely 31 degrees (still high humidity) with a low of 23 degrees. The cool breezes were appreciated on our trekking and motorbike riding.
We hired 4 motorbikes with drivers (160,000 Dong/$8 each) for a 2 wheeler cruise up to a waterfall and the highest viewing platform in Vietnam in Thac Bac. The kids loved every minute of the 30 minute ride up and 30 minute ride down. Once there we walked to a waterfall. All up it took 2 hours. The scenery at the waterfall reminded us of Mount Macedon conditions except extra hot- green moss growing on the trees and ferns everywhere.
Along the way we met Michael from Belgium who is a physicist. He’s in Vietnam to attend a conference in Hoi An (further down south) to talk about the new particle that has just been discovered. An amazing and dedicated profession with unlimited potential for the future. We all wondered what it will bring – discovering this new particle. Quite exciting to hear it from a man who had been researching this for 20 years.
Michael had hired his own motorbike and we snapped a photo together before heading home to the Sapa Summit Hotel for dinner and an early night before our big trek to reach our Ethnic minority family that we were staying overnight with in the middle of their hill tribe village called the Hmong people.