The mists of Sapa Vietnam

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As well as visiting the rural villages around Sapa Vietnam, we enjoyed exploring the town itself.

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Although when we arrived, we couldn’t see much more than this.

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By the afternoon the mists from Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest mountain, had lifted a little to create an almost spooky, yet beautiful atmosphere. Sapa itself is 1,650 metres above sea level.

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The cool mountain air made Sapa popular with the French and there is a lot of colonial architecture around.

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And in many ways, as this is a major tourist destination, the town felt a bit like an Alpine ski resort.

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Hmong clothing on display in a Sapa boutique.

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Yet step off the main tourist street and Sapa has a real working market.

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And the market is a good place for a street food lunch at a super cheap price.

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Dragon fruit!

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