Wednesday, December 9, 2009

JUST BACK FROM: Sapa, Vietnam

Ellen Swain Veen and Bill Veen, Mill Valley

We went because: To mountain-bike in the beautiful and ethnically diverse part of Vietnam near the border of China, and to explore northern Vietnam.

Vietnam biking tours
JUST BACK FROM: Sapa, Vietnam 12.06.09
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Don't miss: The local markets, where the women butcher the meat and sell produce and handicrafts.

Don't bother: Driving anything motorized. Consider keeping your eyes closed when someone else is driving on the busy roads - it's a chaotic, terrifying sight.

Coolest souvenir: A hand-embroidered bag.

Worth a splurge: Having a Vietnamese guide, who introduced us to members of the hill tribes, including Hmong.

We wish we'd packed: Long biking pants. A woman came up to me, slapped my calf, giggled and said she'd never seen such a big or white leg.

Other comments: By working with a Vietnamese travel agency via e-mail before we left, we arranged a visa and travel within the country from the Bay Area.

Source: sfgate.com

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