January 9, 2013
First, let me apologise for the lengthy absence and wish you all a happy new year! Our quick travel pace meant an unexpected break from bloggging and truth be told it was great to leave the computer behind and just enjoy our holiday. It was incredible and I've got about 4 million photos to prove it so for the next few days I'll be posting some belated holiday pics - firstly to help document our trip when in a few months it seems like a distant memory and secondly just looking at them helps to overcome the post holiday blues I'm experiencing at the moment...back to reality.
We left Hanoi on the overnight train, heading to the stunning mountain village of Sapa, in the northern part of the country just 3km from China. After a restless night on the train, we arrived at 5am to a drizzly, cold mountain morning, visibility zero. Since our hotel wasn't ready and the village was quiet we layered up and set out walking around trying to warm up by drinking countless cups of strong Vietnamese coffee. Despite the weather, we had a great time taking in the sights and fell in love with the slow pace compared to the craziness that is Hanoi. The rest of the day we napped under electric blankets and got a glimpse of sun in the afternoon showing us the incredible views of the valley below. Luckily the next morning was a beautiful cloudless day and we trekked down into the H'mong and Dzao Villages and sat speechless at the views around us. That night we got the train back to Hanoi, wishing we had more time to spend in Sapa...