Lets Go Everywhere

Vacay time
September 18, 2007, 7:11 am
Filed under: expat, Hanoi, opium, Sapa, vietnam

So it’s September and I’ve been on vacation since the 7th. My friend Andy is in town visiting from Canada and we’ve been doing the Hanoi touristy stuff, and just got back from a trip to Sa Pa, about 10 hours north on the border with China. The trip was amazing and the six-hour hike through the hills to the remote ethnic minority village of Ban Ho was pretty spectacular. Also extremely painful on the quads.

One thing we all noticed was the prevalence of opium sellers in Sa Pa Town itself. Old ladies would brush by and whisper “Marijuana, hashish, opium?”  Needless to say, we didn’t buy. Vietnam is nice but I don’t need a 15-year prison term.

Next, we’re off to Da Nang and Hoi An for three days, then Hong Kong the week after. More pics to come!

Terraced rice fields

Black H’Mong

Sa Pa, Viet Nam

Opium pipe