We arrived in Lao Cai after our night train ride. The ride was pretty smooth. My only regret is not seeing the countryside along the way. We hopped on a shuttle to get to Sapa for $2.5 each, for an hour shuttle ride. As an fyi, there is a train every hour on the half hour for $1.5 if you happen to be around then. Also they’ll try to rip you off. They tried to charge $30 for the two of us but we knew. Then we were waiting for our shuttle to fill up so we were trying to get more people on faster and two Australians were about to get charged $30, and they already had their luggage loaded. I told them ours was only $5 total and they started yelling at each other and the driver tried to acquiesce for the lower price. The woman yelled “No, it’s too late you tried to fuck us! We’re going with our friends now.”
Off we went. A little girl puked in the curvy roads and got a little on Kyle. Jenn then laughed hysterically, because Kyle’s pain brings her joy.
We arrived in Sapa which is a small little mountain town where people shout “hello, where are you from?” with ample parking day or night. Below is a small cathedral and a pretty lake in the middle of town.
We had a Vietnamese style doner kebab for $1.5 which was awesome. Then we had a nice breakfast buffet with some good Vietnamese food. We couldn’t check in yet, so we headed off on a ridiculously long hike of 14 miles which we shortened to a mere 11 on the by hitching a ride on a scooter on the way back. We were headed to the small village of Ta Phin. The path there wound through beautiful rice terraces. It reminded me of the shire.