Did a one-night, two-day trekking around Sapa visiting the area where the Red Dao live.
I cannot find one word that describes the extent of our enjoyment!!
It has been a unique experience!
May Kim was our guide. A knowledgeable, kind, pleasant, patient, lovely girl who made our time with her a memory to cherish fondly!
During our trekking there was persistent fog and the paths were extremely muddy but May Kim provided walking sticks and helped us all along. We didn't see the typical green luscious rice terraces as many photos show. We saw instead a different view, beautiful too, with foggy, eerie bamboo forests while chatting to May Kim who's a well of wisdom regarding their traditional medicinal plants, traditions and other stories.
Our muddy adventure ended up on the first day in a homestay with a lovely welcoming family who prepared the nicest dinner (we helped with the spring rolls) and also a relaxing herbal bath, a real treat!!
The food during the trek was healthy, freshly cooked and very, very, very tasty (two lunches, one breakfast and one dinner).
At first we were disappointed at the weather and the fact that we wouldn't be able to get those pics we were hoping for, but sooner rather than later this idea was forgotten. The chats, the sharing, the fun, the food, the people... Conquered our hearts.
On top of everything, Hoa from ETHOS helped us booking a night train back to Hanoi and organised the transfer to Lao Caí to get the train. It was hassle free.
I could keep wrighting, but I think it's best you experience it yourselves.
Best wishes for everyone at ETHOS and thanks very much for a wonderful experience!