Trekking & Partying in Sapa, Vietnam

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town square sapa vietnam

Life is easy in Sapa, Vietnam. I’m loving it here and so glad I made the trek.

trekking in beautiful Sapa Vietnam

Living and hanging out here is quite easy and affordable. Many people pay to go trekking on day hikes, many people can’t wait to be separated from their money. I went on a hike today, for free. I just walked with a friend until we got bored, found a path and followed it. Later we cut through back yards, farming areas all in this most epic valley between the towering peaks of Sapa, Vietnam. Perhaps if you are going trekking for a few days to a week, it would be good to have a guide but for a day!?

blind guy playing music sapa vietnam

There is a village you can visit that is 3KM away and it costs ~$1.50US. I don’t see the point in going as everyone from the village is already in Sapa, trying to sell you stuff.  Considering the festival is over and this place is starting to empty out, you really see how many villagers are here selling locally produced goods. It’s getting that weird vibe of this place isn’t what it once was for me.

little local village girls sapa vietnam

Yesterday was pretty cool, after waking up we (myself and 2 Canadians who everyone assumes is a couple but they are just friends) eat a really nice 4 or 5 course meal for less than $5US. I have had many  but this was arguably one of the best I’ve had in my travels. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was outstanding. It was cold out and we eat by an open fire, even tipped the people, they deserved it.

great meal in  sapa vietnam

After we got lost and ended up at this bar because it had a sick drink special on the door. When I go inside, I see an old friend who I haven’t seen in near a decade. I even took her out on a few dates in oh I don’t know, let us say 1997!?!? This was a great surprise and really random, incredibly random and a very pleasant surprise. It’s been a long time since I talked about “back home” with someone from back home. I was quickly reminded that I’m missing NOTHING. We also ran into the ladies we shared the train with, drinking ensued, obviously.

sapa vietnam

After the place we met we all headed to another bar and kinda closed it, slowly but surely people retired until yours truly and one other was left. After walking her home like a gentleman, I took the owner up on his invitation for another drink. At this point it was just myself and 3 local guys, the owner, bartender and someone who I assume also worked there. They gave me a really big glass of scotch and I downed it then sipped a beer while talking about life with them. We all agreed that everyone is the same, regardless of culture or creed, you’re cool or your not.

sapa vietnam pigs

When I left at around ~4-5am it was so foggy you couldn’t see. I made my way home and that was that until I woke up with what felt like a little gnome blacksmith hammering an even smaller anvil inside my cracked head with great fury.

local market pho in Sapa Vietnam

For breakfast, I eat the best chicken pho of my life in the local market for 15,000vdn and chatted with local tribe people. I really enjoy just chilling and eating where local people do, you probably already know that by now though, yes? I sat at the table above.

misty festival at night in Sapa Vietnam

It’s weird being kinda “done with SE Asia” now. Everyone I see is going to places I’ve already seen. The ladies from the train and my friend from back home both left on night trains today. My Canadian friends I’ve been traveling with leave in the morning and it’s just “solo Rob” once more. I think I’m going to stay in Sapa for a few more days as my visa for China is not ready until the 29th.

Pig spit roast in Sapa Vietnam

One cool thing is that the girls who left today had a free meal for 3 and couldn’t use it, obviously I took them up on it. Myself and my 2 Canadian friends hit it up and made the most of it. They say there is no such thing as a “free lunch” but let me tell you, this was most certainly a “free dinner”. Thanks to the fine lady who so graciously donated the coupon to yours truly.

6 person on motorbike

I have to say that I’m cool being a solo drifter as well, it’s my style. I will also say that when you meet cool people and team up for a while, it’s also really nice. It’s a great change and there are many advantages to it. Sapa isn’t a place where you really meet many people, mainly because most stay here for 1-2 nights MAX. I’d go back to Hanoi but I’m lazy and hate back tracking, so don’t feel like moving just yet.

baby and her father sapa vietnam

It’s totally nuts how many people you keep running into. I was sitting in a cafe today, just enjoying life and realizing how spending money doesn’t make me happy when ~3-5 groups of random people I’ve met pass by. We exchanged greetings and I could have been anywhere in the world, but I was in Sapa, Vietnam. It was hot during the day today when the sun was out, once it hides though, it’s cold, quite cold. I may have to break down and buy one of those jackets.

horse trekking in sapa vietnam

Seriously though, Sapa is out of this world and incredibly beautiful. The people are super hospitable and the scenery is sensational. Today I saw a random horse running down the street with some guy chasing it, it was a “wtf”, I’m not in Canada anymore moment. It was the horse I attached a photo of. Not sure why I bothered adding so many photos to these updates as no one reads blogs on weekends.

more local village girls sapa vietnam

I really don’t like this update, for the first time in ages, it kinda feels like work. Then again it’s a Sunday aka the day after a Saturday night, go figure.

Tips hat,

P.S: The photo below is the view from my $8US a night hotel room.

View from hotel room in sapa vietnam

Author: iyashinoshigoto

13 thoughts on “Trekking & Partying in Sapa, Vietnam

  1. Thanks Lindsay, this place is very cool. Glad I made it here.

    Rich – Definitely worth a few days, really nice people and just a “cool place” in this most wonderful world of ours.

    Jamblo – Your insights are always appreciated.

  2. What is the animal in the pic of the house on the side of the hill? It looks like some sort of dog/pig cross-breed…

  3. I thought it was a dog but it’s actually just a pig, tied to the side of the house. Kinda like a guard pig or something of that nature, I do believe.

    P.S: Was traveling with a guy who had 21 stitches in his forehead, another crew member.

  4. what the hell… you didn’t walk me home!

    what did we do on these dates in 1997?

    glad to see you have made it through China.

  5. Once we went to a movie and I walked out half way through because it was horrible. Then I remember your car breaking down at my house and me driving my parents car to get you home. (1st time I ever drove that car as I had no license).

    That’s all I recall.

  6. I am not 100% sure of the name. Could be “Starlight”.

    Just know this… If you were walking up the MAIN street that goes down to the villages you’d take a LEFT up a road then triple or so set of stair cases at the exact moment that the start of the “TOWN SQUARE” was on your right… Probably some coffee vendors etc at your left. Go up the stairs, then go left for about 100M and it’s a building with a large glass window in the front. It was a good time.

    I hope this helps 🙂

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