|Boarding the train at night from flat form 5|
|The narrow walkway on the train|
|That's me on our balcony|
|Jan and I, with our amazing hosts Viet and Hung|
Cat Cat Village was just several minutes by foot from Sapa Town, and after surviving some of the most persistent touts (young girls from the nearby villages trying to sell us handicrafts), we were there. The village was not quite the authentic experience, but it gave us a good introduction to the black Hmong people who lived in the area.
|Shops selling almost identical handicrafts lined the paths|
|Weaving and embroidery of traditional Hmong clothes|
We thought the views from Cat Cat Village and our hotel room were amazing. But we stood in awe of God creation when we went for our guided hike to Ta Phin Village. Our guide was a young lady from the Hmong tribe who brought us on a trek through paddy fields, streams, vegetable farms, and several villages.
|The journey begins|
|Crossing gentle streams (getting our shoes very muddy since we were slipping all over)|
|Photos don't even begin to capture the majesty of the mountains|
|Cradling the very useful plant which provides hemp for clothes, marijuana, and lovely smelling flowers|
|Joined by many more Dzao tribes people at the end point of the trek|
Unfortunately, due to heavy rains resulting in landslides the night before, there was a backlog in trains leaving Lao Cai for Hanoi and the train station was chaotic. Our wonderful hosts called several times to make sure we were safely on our train. So sweet right?
|Beautiful memories to treasure|