Sunday, 18 March 2012

NORTHERN VIETNAM / 11-17 March 2012

Its our fourth visit of Vietnam in two years, and its wonders never cease. This time, we visited the hill station of Sapa, which is north west of Hanoi and bordering Yunnan province of China. Its chief draw are the rugged and quite spectacular scenery and Vietnam's colourful ethnic minorities. Of course, an indolent sojourn in Hanoi was part of the deal...

The small but pretty Cat Cat Waterfall, just south of Sapa.

Where tourists go, you will find a gathering of Black Hmong and Red Dao women, who are experts in selling ethnic handicraft.

The spectacular Muong Hao Valley, near Sapa.

A precarious looking bridge between the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van.

Greenery near the village of Ma Cha, north of Sapa.

A man with a beret surveying the scenery of Ta Phin. It looks a bit like the foothills of the French Alps, doesn't it?

The icons of Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake: the Tap Rua (Tortoise Tower) and the red bridge to the Den Ngoc Son (Jade Mound Temple).

Ly Quoc Su Pagoda and Shrine to Le Thai To, a founding father of Hanoi.

The old meets the new in Hang Gai Street, in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

The busiest intersection of Hanoi's Hoan Kiem district, where the streets of Cau Go, Hang Gai and Hang Dao converge.

The utter chaos that is Hanoi's traffic, a six way intersection with no traffic lights? It is a miracle that no accidents take place!

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