Another day another umbrella
29.09.2016 - 03.10.2016
Well what to say,went on 2 day trek with some local ethnic people down into the bottom of the valley and back out the other side and the scenery was mind blowing,there are 5 ethnic groups around Sapa all wearing traditional clothing which adds to the experience
This part of Vietnam 🇻🇳 has the highest mountain in Indochina, Fangispan at 3100 odd metres so the mountain ranges are all ways in the background and drop down to valley floor with much of mountain side terraced for rice and other crops and some strange herbs were growing wild !!
Got back from trekking late in the afternoon in the rain, and that was the way it stayed till late the following day,so have ended up staying a couple of extra days as there is cable car that takes you just about all the way to the summit of Fangispan ,this cable car is pretty unique in that it holds a couple of world records,the longest 3 cable type and also the longest of its type about 6 Km in length,once arrive at the top you need to climb up steep stairway to the summit and those 500 hundred stairs were hard,had to have few breaks
Today was easy day getting organised to move onto Dein Bien Phu which is close to the Laos border and is also where the French were defeated in 53 during the Vietnam revolution plan to spen a couple of nights there then cross into Laos,it is only a 250km trip tomorrow but is expected to take 8-10 hours,but as it is through the mountains the scenery should be good,catch you in few days