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    Sapa and Taphin Hiltribe and other Vietnam pics

    Fish's Laos thread, got me looking at some of my old photos when I did a three month tour around Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. I have many pics, but the pics from my visit to see the hilltribes north of Sapa was very unique. I thought I'd pop up a few photos of that trip.


    I drove on the back of a motorcycle along a narrow road with terraced rice paddies on both sides to get to the hilltribe village.



    As I got closer to the hilltribe village, I felt like I was going into a totally different world. There was mist/fog all around.












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    Planting rice I believe.





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    Hardworking and beautiful people all around.


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    I think the pig may be pregnant?





    Kids being kids..playing jumprope.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    I think the pig may be pregnant?
    Vietnamese potbellied pig

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    ^Oh, thanks, I didn't know there was a name for it.

    I'll post some pics of Hanoi. I stayed for about a week. I took a train along the coast and stopped in Hoi An. I also did a two night trip in Halong Bay.


    Hanoi was the craziest place I've seen for traffic. I almost got killed in Vietnam which I'll never forget. I was on the back of a motodop taxi and he hit a bicycle and I spun out in the middle of an intersection. I ended up taking three layers off my leg the size of a melon. Anyway, thankfully we weren't going fast, and I didn't get killed. It only laid me up for an extra three or four days in Hue.

    On to Hanoi




    I stayed in the old quarter which was so quaint.




    St. Joseph's Cathedral which is pretty awesome within the old quarter.





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    Royal Residence I guess where Ho Chi Minh used to work from.


    Ho's Mausoleum which was packed to get in. I didn't go in though.









    Quite a touristy place Ho's place.


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    This is the pagoda of Tran Quoc temple.
    I'll post more pics later. Hope you enjoy, bed time for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    Royal Residence I guess where Ho Chi Minh used to work from.
    Ho Chi Minh was not a royal and these were not royal residences.

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    nice pictures, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    nice pictures, thanks
    Yeah, the mountain hilltribe ones are nice to see.

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    Very nice indeed- thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks folks.. lots more to come, it's just to find the time to post.


    Strawberries anyone?




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    Great photos! How was the train ride? Hoi An?

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    ^Thanks, the train ride was amazing! I took it all along the coast down to Hue. I then took a bus to Hoi An. Hoi An was very special. I actually took videos from the moving train. I'll try to post one. A few more from Hanoi first. This trip was back in 2008, so my memory on certain details are missing. I stopped in Hue first which is before Hoi An. I went from Hue to Danang to Hoi An. Hue is where I almost got killed.







    This is Hoan Kiem Lake which you can't miss in the middle of Hanoi. You can walk around it.





    IF you visit Hanoi, I'd highly suggest visiting the Water Puppet show. It is a must see!

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    Once you cross the famous red bridge (Huc bridge), I posted above you get see this famous temple.




    Other pics of it are posted above. It is sort of in the middle of the Lake.


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    So getting to the moving train vid.




    Hoian was like you stepped back in time with old cobblestone streets and people riding bicycles around. It is also full of tailor shops and very touristy. You can get literally anything made here for cheap. I got some leather boots made and a ton of summer dresses.















    This bridge is famous it's called the Japanese covered bridge, made out of wood in the 1590's, made by the Japanese community.


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    I took this video in 2008 North of Sapa. The quality isn't the greatest and it is very windy, but the views are pretty nice.











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    Took this across from Fansipan the highest mountain in Vietnam, quite near the China border. I didn't know at the time that six years later I'd be moving to China.


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    Conversation with the Taphin hilltribe and Red Dzao Hilltribe. They were super friendly.


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    Great pics & vids, MM. Thanks for sharing. Makes me miss Vietnam. Went there on a trip last year - Hanoi, Hue, Danang (+ Hoi An side trip), then Saigon. Didn't explore Sapa or Halong Bay - maybe next time. I want to hike Mt Fansipan too. Like you, I took the night train from Hanoi to Hue. I made a thread about it somewhere. Cheers!

    Edit: did you join in a tour group wherein you hiked in the mountains & slept in a homestay place with the hill tribes? I've seen some of those tours in blogs/ vlogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    IF you visit Hanoi, I'd highly suggest visiting the Water Puppet show. It is a must see!
    It's a horrible tourist trap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Edit: did you join in a tour group wherein you hiked in the mountains & slept in a homestay place with the hill tribes? I've seen some of those tours in blogs/ vlogs.
    Thanks! I did see your Vietnam pics, I'm glad I can help you reminisce. I did a one day tour from Sapa to the hilltribe area. I didn't stay overnight, however there are 2 night or longer stays if you want to do that. In regards to the mountains north of Sapa, I just hired a motortaxi and rode on the back of it. The views were stunning and even quite scary at times. I'll post more of Sapa and north of it, you'll see what I mean. The roads are narrow, busy and no side barriers. It honestly was the most amazing scenery I've ever seen (esp. if you love mountains!)






    Along the way we saw a waterfall that I decided to get up and climb up.



    (sorry for the different size of pics, it is quite a job finding these pics on different external drives and in other places)


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    A few in Sapa itself.




    downtown Sapa



    The view behind my hotel was absolutely amazing. The mist /fog was nestled in the mountains and you couldn't see the bottom.


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