Sapa, Vietnam

Nestled high in the mountains of Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border lies the picturesque town of Sapa. I didn’t know of it until arriving in Hanoi, and upon seeing photos and hearing stories, it became a must-see on my itinerary.

My American friend and I booked a two day/one night trek which began with my first overnight sleeper bus.IMG_8017

The last portion of the drive is along steep and windy cliffs, and the weather conditions were poor. Fortunately I was asleep during this time, as I was later told from those who were awake that our driver was smoking from his bong, halfway paying attention as the bus was inches from the edge of the cliff. Just another typical journey in Vietnam.

We were awoken at 6am, herded into a hotel lobby for breakfast and a quick change before meeting our guide and heading out. We were accompanied by groups local women and children dressed in traditional clothing, carrying baskets of handmade wares (which they’d later guilt us into buying).


They helped to guide us down the steep cliffs and across rivers, asking “Are you okay?” several times per hour. They were all extremely kind with a sweet demeanor, making conversation in surprisingly fluent English.

It was definitely a different experience than trekking in Pai—less challenging and with incredibly breathtaking views the entire time. There were 14 of us from all over the world and we all got along very well. I’ve found that travelers in general, specifically in this part of the world are relaxed, like-minded and so easy to converse and become friends with. It’s been much easier for me to form lasting connections here than back at home, and in such a short amount of time.

But back to Sapa. I still wasn’t feeling 100% after Hanoi and Halong Bay, but if there’s any place on this earth that can restore and reinvigorate your soul… this place is it. And it delivered.

Words can’t describe the feeling when you’re standing in 5000 feet above sky level in the clouds overlooking miles of rice terraces and villages, so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

Grab your favorite drink and get comfortable as I do my best to take you on this journey with me through the next 65 images…

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I’ve had some of my most memorable days since leaving this little slice of heaven, which I’ll take the time to write out very soon. Lots of stories on the way from Central Vietnam!


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16 thoughts on “Sapa, Vietnam

  1. please consider turning your posts into a coffee table book. i can get lost in these photos and your story is so special. take care.

    1. I was also thinking that these pictures need to be in a book! These photos are breathtaking, and I look forward to reading all of your posts, Jenna Sue! Stay well!

  2. Gorgeous!! Stunning photos!! I feel so privileged to be able to see all your beautiful photography and follow your journey! I look so forward to your emails coming in!

  3. The beauty and the vastness of this area in Vietnam is amazing. I was getting lost in the wonder of such open space- almost feeling like I was present. That’s some moving photography and mastery of the camera that you were able to accomplish to make me feel that way. And the faces of those children- priceless. Yes- I agree with the others: a book is a must! #can’tgetenoughofthisjourney

  4. I am enjoying your journey of pictures so very much.
    I can’t believe how beautiful the places are that you have been!!
    I have had tears running down my face during this whole post.
    A book is MARVELOUS idea :o)
    Have safe travel where ever you go……..

  5. I stumbled on your blog after finding your very inspiring designs on Pinterest. Love everything in that house, like it was designed for me. I continued to your blog and I LOVE it! Thumbs up to you for having the balls to just pick up and follow your heart. Distance is always great when you want to rediscover yourself. Live it up, have fun and be true to yourself. You only have one life, Enjoy!
    When I read you, I can hear Part of Me, that Katy Perry song… so here it is for you:

    V from Canada!

  6. HI, Jenna,

    Stunning photos you’ve got there. I just book my trip to Sapa too this coming September. Can you share with me what lens did you use? I’m worried that I might overpack since weight can be a problem when comes to trekking.:)

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