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Winter 17/18 Tân Quang over Phố Ràng to Sa Pa

It rained the whole night and it rained the whole morning. I guess it is because the Greek comes from a county where it does not rain that much. He is not used to driving in the Vietnamese mountains where the roads are bad – even worse when wet. And he has no exexperience with the low clouds and fog in the mountains when it rains. I have plenty of it and decided to take the easy way in the valley. Stubborn as a mule Mitsos took to the mountains.

The Greek is ready for the road. It rains and he thinks it is good to take the mountina road.
Wet Dirtroad
This is the highway – and it got worse.

Since it rained for most of the trip I have only a few pictures today. You see the road – you can imagine. One time there was a river on the road that was quite deep. Had to wait till I saw some locals pass to know how to cross. I was lucky and my bike made it safe to the other side. The Greek was not so lucky. He choose to try the left side. That was not a good idea. He got stuck and had to walk his bike out of it. The water was about 60 cm deep at this side. I wonder how it is in rainy season.

Fog in the Mountains
The fog lifts
Mountain Road
Only to make way for more rain
Clouds over Forrest
But the street stays below the clouds

Nhà nghỉ Hà Thần in Phố Ràng

Got into town a bit after 15:00. There are a lot of Guesthouses along the main road so it was not to easy to choose. Found this one and was quite happy. They send the little boy with me to show me the room. I liked it so the next step is to find out the price. Since he was only 10 or so I put some money on the floor but he did not like what I put. So he got some more out of my hand and put it on top. To much so I took some back. After a while, we settled for a price. We went back down again and I filled my information in the book. After that it was relaxing in the dry room and waiting for the Greek.

Hotel Room
Our room at the Nhà nghỉ Hà Thần
Hotel Room
The bathroom
Wet Greek
The Greek had to turn back after a while. The fog in the mountains was to thick. Wet but happy to find me in the nice room

It was not easy to find a restaurant in twon. If you go to small towns the restaurants close quite early or have a lot of meat and not enough greens. The only one we found that looked OK enough so the Greek would go in was this one. The little girl saw us and followed us into the place. She helped us translating with the owner and we talked till dinner was done.

My best friend in town

Today’s drive:
I drove 81 kilometers in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

Phố Ràng to Sa Pa

The next day the sky was gray but no rain. At last in the morning. That should change into the day but for now we where good to go.

Rice terraces
Rice terraces
Rice terraces
Rice terraces
House in North Vietnam
House along the road
Lots of mud on the roads for the rest of the day.
Pothole Galore
Village Street

Passed a lot of villages in the mountains and a lot of them have roads like this. Before and after the village it is quite ok but inside there is no tar or concrete. That makes for a lot of red dust when it is dry and sticky mud when it is wet. No clue why they not fix the road inside the village??

Road Sign
Looks like I have to find another way
Clear cut
Clear cut on its way
After the Clear Cut
Finished shavin the mountain
Really big factory in the middle of nowhere
Not really sure what they produce here
Wood Furniture
But they have mountains next to the road. And from all the mountain wood they make thin layers of inlay.
Train Bridge
Bikes to the left please
Interesting Building
Interesting Building
Modern Building
Quite modern buildings here in the mountains
Rice Terrace
This looks much better
Rice Terrace
But not if you look how the rest of the mountain looks

Hieu Dang Sapa Hotel

Sa Pa is so big now and has so many hotels and tourists – it is best to book ahead. This way you arrive and can take a shower. I opted for the Hieu Dang Sapa Hotel which is super close to the town center.

Hieu Dang Sapa Hotel
Our room at the Hieu Dang Sapa Hotel

But there are loads of other hotels in Sa Pa! Get a good rate on Booking.com or on agoda.com.

Bathroom Hieu Dang Sapa Hotel
The bathroom

The last time I was in Sa Pa is so long ago. I remembered nothing at all. Decided to stay in the room for most of the day. Far to many tourists out there and so much traffic. Only went for some food in the evening with Mitsos.

Vietnamese Restaurant
Mitsos found this place – the food was expensive but really good!
Vietnamese Food
Loads of greens, some tofu and rice and chilli – sweet!
10.000 VND are about 0.40 € or 0.45 US$
Not even 10€ – expensive for Euroe but here in Vietnam? A steal!
Olive Oil
Even the Olive Oil was not expensive. Guess they do not have them crazy taxes like Thailand for food imports.

Today’s drive:
We drove 129 kilometers in 4 hours, 16 minutes with gas and food stops.

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