From Bac Ho we moved over to Sapa. Despite cold and foggy weather, we visited a couple of villages where different ethnic minorities lives, climbed a few waterfalls and eventually enjoyed a little bit of sunshine on top of Fansipan – the highest mountain in Indochina. Besides that, we kept exploring the Vietnamese cuisine and again ate a plenty of amazing food.
During two days, we explored the lifestyle of northern Vietnam. We stayed in a local homestay in Bac Ho town and visited an amazing market where people could buy anything from vegetables to buffaloes. We also climbed through rice terraces in surroundings and explored small settlements of Hmong minorities.
The first two-day trip out of Hanoi! We visited Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam kingdom, we sailed in small boats through the landscape of Tam Coc region and eventually wrapped up the trip with a couple of short walks in Cuc Phuong, the oldest national park in Vietnam.
In February, we made our first trip to Asia. During 17 days, we visited a number of places in north and south Vietnam and we had a taste of everything – busy cities, laid-back villages or sunny coast. We were surprised by ubiquitous pollution and amazed by delicious cuisine. It took us a couple of days to overcome the cultural shock but then when we acclimatized we made the most of it.
The four-day Kepler Track turned out to be the most extreme track we’d done in New Zealand so far. But despite the ugly beginning and the terrible middle section, it ended up with nice two days and a valuable excursion into New Zealand’s harsh weather.