One thing to be aware of is that the train takes you into Lao Cai. It’s another hour ride up to Sapa through some windy roads. Not to bad to endure if I weren’t so grumpy from a night on the train. By the time we got to the hotel, businesses were waking up. Our room wasn’t ready so we had breakfast, which was included in the tour package. Actually, a lot was included and being the foodies we were, we passed on a few of the hotel meals and ate at outside restaurants. What? So I want to give you some interesting eats to read about. Really. Okay, not really. I didn’t want to eat hotel food. Yeah, my tummy works only with high octane food.
We had a good hike down to Cat Cat Village with our private tour guide. Oh man, our tour guide was awesome. As you may not know, the Hmong villagers try to tag along with hiking groups. They eventually try to get you to buy things at the end. However, our guide yelled at them not to follow us. It was pretty funny passing up other groups with hordes and hordes of villagers swarming foreigners. Thank goodness that wasn’t us.
What we learned was the majority of Hmong there part of the Black Hmong tribe. The other ones we would see are the Red Hmong and the Flower Hmong. I’ll let you pick them out in the pictures (in the next post as well). It’s pretty obvious who’s who.
On our way back from Cat Cat Village we decided to climb back up. You’ll get plenty of people offering to give you a ride on their motorbikes. We wanted to build up an appetite. That’s what I told myself. Not sure about Vicky’s reason. I looked ungentlemanly saying no to all the motorcyclists. They must of thought we were fighting since we looked pretty drained.
By the time we got to the top, we were ready to eat.
The guide brought us to a place and we gladly ordered away. The store owner was nice enough to bring us a space heater. It cold outside and the place didn’t have the best insulation. Our orders took a little time to get to us, but that was a good thing. The meals were prepared fresh and it was apparent when we ate. Oh it was so nice to have a wholesome meal. Very cozy as the cold drizzled streets awaited outside.
Viet Cuisine Restaurant
004b Muong Hoa Street
Verdict: For some good home cooking the Sapa way, get yourself in here. Fresh ingredients. And yeah, I recommend a small hike to Cat Cat Village too.