Vietnam’s Sapa

Posted: August 31, 2015 in discovery, travel
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To start the day.

To start the day.

It’s nothing buy rice paddies when you go on the trekking tour.

$80/person for the overnight sleeper bus or $135 for the overnight train.  Ditch the overnight train.  You can negotiate the price.  There is a wide discrepancy with guests, I paid $80/person while another couple paid $68/person.  Your hotel will always state they offer the best price but do seek out other travel agents on the streets.  I find the agents working inside hostels to offer the best pricing.

The hotel is not special.  It was built to cater to tours and in dire need of a renovation.  Everything is old so it feels quite nostalgic.

The highlight of the tour is the homestay when you spend one night with the local family.  They make the best food.  I did not take photos of the rice paddies and scenery.

Sapa, Vietnam, Homestay food. Hand rolling the springrolls.

Sapa, Vietnam, Homestay food. Hand rolling the springrolls.

frying spring rolls

frying spring rolls

A real wood fire kitchen. The food tastes better.

A real wood fire kitchen. The food tastes better.

my sapa hotel burger. looks like everything was frozen and re-heated

my sapa hotel burger. looks like everything was frozen and re-heated

should have eaten in town rather than enjoy the free meal.

should have eaten in town rather than enjoy the free meal.

fried rice. Yuck.

fried rice. Yuck.

The food inside the town of Sapa is better than the food that is included as part of the tour package.  Do not eat the free food at the hotel unless you enjoy chicken, rice and sauce.  A net positive experience at the restaurants around town.  Sapa is close to the China border so if you enjoy Chinese cuisine you will find something to like in Sapa.  It lacks the refined finish of HK cuisine and most things are over seasoned but the cheap beer washes everything down.

I ordered fried noodles and got fried instant noodles.

mee gorang noodles?

mee gorang noodles?

Spring rolls are good but lack the savory meat filling found in the home stay iteration.

Vietnam restaurant quality springrolls.

Vietnam restaurant quality springrolls.

Chop Suey, still better.

Chop Suey, still better.

I forgot to take photos of the indigenous people, dependent on tourism for their survival.  They make wonderful trinkets and knick knacks.  I bought a passport holder and other things to take home.  Everything was cheap so I did not bargain.

Sapa homestay's dog. dirty.

Sapa homestay’s dog. dirty.

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