Last night I took an overnight train to Sapa which is north of Vietnam. The big attraction here are the mountains an the Hill tribe people who are also known for their jewelry and mostly their textiles – neither of which I am interested in purchasing. I have been wanting to go here for years and didn’t want to miss this opportunity on this trip to finally get here.  Thus far the weather is definitely cooler than down south and I’m enjoying the change of scenery and a change of pace. It’s much quieter here – Hanoi is more crowded and much less charming than I remember it 3 years ago.

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