I always believe that there is no man who was born down to earth a strong person. Again, this trip indeed proves this line. This trip to Vietnam has given me a lot of eye opening experiences as well as having a feeling of empathy towards others. My cousin and I, together with other two friends had decided to go for a trip last April. My parents questioned and doubted on our choice to choose Vietnam as our destination at first because this country is far from developing and their language is a barrier to us. Luckily, we still proceeded with our plan if not we would not have experienced something different than trip to other metropolis cities.
The ravages of poverty had taken a toll on them. Children here are so much fortunate than those there especially at Sapa, a national park which homes the indigenous people which is also 3km away from the border of Vietnam and China. We had taken a train overnight from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam to Lao Cai before taking a shuttle van to Sapa. This is our 3rd day in Vietnam. I will talk about other destination here later on as this is the most interesting part during our trip. Thanks to our travel agency, "Vega Travel", we were able to stop by at a local hotel to shower before starting our route up to the mountain at Sapa. Before reaching the hotel, we were being tailed and chased with loud racket by a group of indigenous ladies. Thinking the shuttle van might have hit one of them, we were shocked and our mind were blank. Then, aligned from the van, only we came to notice that the reason they made such a noise was because they wanted to sell their handmade stuffs. Phew, they even made an effort to follow us all the way to the mountain. I was amazed by them because they actually knew how to speak in English but got annoyed after a while since a group of them kept on bugging us by repeatedly asking "Where do you come from?", "How old are you" and "How are you". The purpose of them doing this was to bug you so that you would give up and bought something from them. Later on I really find this phrase "Kong, Come On" which means "No, Thank You" useful especially during shopping. The jungle trekking took up 6 hours plus and we reached the Homestay around 4 pm. The host of the Homestay is Mr. Lam. I really like the place very much as it is facing a river with a hanging bridge on top. The scenery is very magnificent. We also came to know his other 2 kids, Lun and Liu. What make me more surprising was that the older child is much more matured compared to any other child in M'sia that I had ever encountered before. Before the meal was served, without being asked, he scooped the rice into bowls and washed the dishes after the guests had finished. What an obedient boy, I would say. After spending a night at the cooling Homestay, we headed down the mountain and stopped by at the shabby little sundry shop taken a meal prepared by our tour guide, Tu. After that, we took another overnight train back to Hanoi. Journey to Sapa is the most unforgettable itinerary during our trip.
|Jeniffer, Me and Lee Zing in a train going to Sapa|
|Tu (tour guide), Li Zing, Sing Ching (my cousin) and Jennifer during jungle trekking|
|With 2 kids on the way to the Homestay|
|Lun and Liu waiting for their sweets while I was in the meantime preparing the local fried spring rolls|
|Waiting for the meal to be served|
|The Indigenous Ladies in their traditional costumes|