Sapa & Fansipan Mountain

At the end of the month, I got paid and managed to sell my bike. I left the teaching project in Hanoi and got a night bus up to Sapa.

IMG_1463

Sapa is a mountainous town famous for trekking and its terraced rice fields.

IMG_1562

The problem was, I was pretty strapped for time until my Vietnamese tourist visa ran out, and I still wanted to squeeze in Ha Long Bay before I flew out of the country. This only gave me a few days in Sapa…

I desperately wanted to do a trek whilst I was there, but it would have been tight time wise and I wasn’t feeling my best. I was worried attempting a hike when feeling so ill and exhausted (thanks, parasites!) would tip me over the edge.

So I settled for a trip up to the Fansipan summit after (begrudgingly) paying the rather expensive cable car fee.

IMG_1567

IMG_1557

Once I hopped off the cable car, I was greeted by white blankness in all directions.

IMG_1582

IMG_1593

IMG_1583

IMG_1584

So whilst I could make out the main features of temples and buildings on the mountain, the “spectacular views” were somewhat lacking.

IMG_1589

Since I was already there, I figured I’d climb the stairs to the summit and hope that the mist cleared. It still took me quite a while and a lot of stopping and panting to make it up to the top, and just before I left the clouds did part momentarily.

IMG_1601

IMG_1604
Don’t you just love it when that one photo of you that a stranger captures for you is with your eyes closed?

IMG_1610

img_1623.jpg

I felt like my time in Sapa was possibly a bit too short, but it was beautiful and relaxing all the same.

You can watch my Fansipan Mountain Vlog here

Posted by

Freelance writer who loves reading, cooking & travelling. Rarely spotted without red lipstick. Penchant for whiskey on the rocks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s