Of all our Asia travels thus far, Sa Pa, Vietnam easily ranks near the top. I’ll be sharing some pictures and videos in the next few days of our mini excursion to the countryside. The night before we left Houston, I was looking for lodging options because we had been undecided on adding Sa Pa to our itinerary until the very last minute. After digging deep in the forums, several travelers emphasized the magic of a cheap homestay. For less than $30 a night, I decided we would forgo our usual comforts and booked a random bed and breakfast that just opened up—without consulting Viet—he was asleep already—oops. We were either going to profoundly regret it or experience something extraordinary. Worth the risk!
After a nauseating 5-hour bus ride from Hanoi, and a harrowing taxi transfer at 3am from Sa Pa town to our village homestay, we arrived only to be greeted by Sue, our most hospitable host mom. In the next few days we would be served outstanding home cooked food from her family and neighbors in her Hmong village, trek the mountains for hours, and settle down under the stars in our cozy homestay while exchanging stories in both English and Vietnamese.
This was one of our many meals cooked off the land—thịt kho which is braised pork with egg and eaten with plain white rice. This isn’t anything you can’t get back in Houston, nor is it substantially tastier, but this particular lunch after a long morning hike was a perfect kindred reminder of motherly love and Vietnamese comfort cooking.
🇱🇦 Thakhek x Laos.
S'enfoncer dans le trou noir sans savoir à quoi s'attendre. Etre émerveillés par la beauté et la grandeur de la grotte. On escalade, on glisse sans se blesser puis on y decouvre un point d'eau et une verdure verdoyante en plein milieu de nul part. Ce genre de petit moment magique.