AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Sa Pa: Wandering

Today we leave Sa Pa and get the overnight train to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. The bus is picking us up at 5:30 to take us down to Lao Cai which is where the train station is. Sa Pa is quite high so no trains here.

We had to check out of the hotel at 10am and leave our bags there. We decided we would climb up Ham Rong, a reasonable climb on the edge of Sa Pa.

The climb was quite good. The path is mainly steep steps but is a little surreal in places, giant Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, a dragon breathing water were not what we were expecting. An orchid garden and quite a few flower gardens looked quite good.





We went very slowly because today was quite a bit warmer and we have the overnight train and no hotel to have a shower. So we really don’t want to sweat and smell.

The views from the top were OK, but it is still very hazy and quite a lot of low cloud is still lingering. But we could see where we sat a few days ago and had no idea there was even a mountain there, so it was a vast improvement. Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam, at 3,140m is opposite the town but is still totally invisible. This basically marks the edge of the Himalaya.



This was our short walk anyway:


All pictures from this walk can be seen on Flickr.


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