Now if you've ever heard of Sapa... you think of green terraced hills full of rice and beautiful forested mountains.
In actuality you get... well... you get exactly that. The picture above is one my parents took while we were there. Gorgeous isn't it? The bus ride into Sapa was quite picturesque. While we were waiting for our tour guide we noticed many of the villagers waiting outside our hotel. There was a hoard of Black Hmong ladies waiting to take advantage of gullible tourists. Hahahahaha...
Our guide showed up at 9:30. Her name was Chi. She was also from the Black Hmong tribe. We started hiking down the hill toward the village of Lao Chai. She took a picture of us as we started our trek.
Along the way her husband passed by on motorbike with their baby.
Our trek took us down the road quite a ways.
We passed by lots of bamboo trees and scenic vistas of the valley.
We chose to go off-road and I think we are so glad we did.
The trail gave us better views of the valley.
We were also impressed at some of the villagers as they trekked down the trail carrying huge, heavy baskets on their back.
We saw many terraces full of water. They were just starting to plant the rice crop.
Many of the tiers around Sapa grow corn or indigo too.
The whole time we were here it felt so surreal. It was unbelievable how beautiful everything was. The valley, the people. We were also very blessed that the weather was good while we were there too. It was a bit chilly, but it didn't rain that day and it wasn't super hot.