From Halong Bay to Sapa, Vietnam

The Paradise Island lodge has a small restaurant serving fresh fish and all kinds of seafood. During daytime there is the option to play pool - myself I'm a lousy player. The beach is a perfect party location in the evening when the tourist guide light up a fire and the guest get together for a drink.
After three nights I left this lost place and returned to Halong City by boat - a scenic journey ! The local people do some fishing between the limestone rocks, and the tourists enjoy kayaking.
Paradise pool table 

play pool in paradise

bye-bye Paradise

bye-bye to paradise


passing Catba town

Limestone rocks

Limestone rocks

Halong scenery

Sea, boats and rocks


From Hanoi, the night train takes a tourist train to Lao Cai at the Chinese border. From there, a road with many steep loops climbs the hills up to Sapa Town (1654 m) - a former French colonial hill station and now the starting point for most trekking tours to the hilltribes in the northern region.

Tourist downtown Sapa
View from Auberge

view from the Auberge

Black Hmong trek

start of trekking tour to Black Hmong

Hmong women with baby

Hmong woman with baby


hills and terraces
rice fields

rice fields waiting for next season
Martin on bridge

Martin the Trekker
Hmong children

Hmong children

paddy fields and school

regional school building down the valley
house pig

house pig


Black Hmong church
house pig

cheerful kids


Sapa tourist info
Victoria Hotel

back to Paradise Island

more of Sapa