Day 21- Sapa
Ok so we were on the overnight train (started at 9pm) and got to Sapa this morning at 6am. We had a cabin on the train and had the top 2 bunks while there were 2 British girls on the lower bunks. It was quite tight quarters and we just had to sleep in our clothes. What can I say about the train ride? I mean I knew it was wasn't going to be good but this was dreadful. I swear, the train rocked and jerked the whole time. At some points in the night I wondered if the train had fallen off the tracks. It literally felt like we were on those kiddie roller coasters for the whole night..trying to sleep...bad morning I must say. Sapa itself is breathtaking. We are surrounded by mist mountains covered in rice fields. This is the region where the "minorities", also called hill tribes and Hmongs live..which is our equivalent to the Natives. They only have rice crops once per year so for the other 10 months they come into the small city wearing traditional clothing trying to get tourists to buy handicrafts. About 20 of them will surround a minivan full of tourists, it's like a swarm of bees. They will follow you, walk behind and beside you trying to get you to buy their stuff. We managed to lose them all and made our way to two villages, very beautiful, was about a 3 hour trek. We literally spent the whole afternoon sleeping trying to recuperate from the train ride. Tomorrow we go to a few more villages so we'll see how that goes.