We were somehow amazed, relieved and happy with the sudden upcoming journey that has been partly forgotten. The calm sun, clear sky, puffy clouds and chilling atmosphere were all in our imagination. Yet, life, especifically Mr. Weather treated us differently, humorously, plus, surprisingly. All three days coming to Sapa, our team had endured with the massive bad weather travel pack, the not-at-all silver lining twilight, heavy down pours from 9 to 5, thrilling wind and sudden temperature drops at night.
What odds? None of us stay still for the whole trip even though we have the lazy-cat blood running through our veins. Crazily and freely, we were eating like hungry ghosts, jumping and singing in the middle of nowhere, taking weird photos at creepiest backgrounds and having our lovely moments.
Nam Cang, the Red Dzao and dearest memories
Nam Cang “found” us, the lost sheep with a bunch of bags, backpacks, food packages midst evening, while sun had set long over the mountain. Our arrival was tough due to carsick. Half of our team nearly collapsed after 5-hour of driving and crossing rockiest bends. After dinner, we expected a private wrap-up at hotel room, but everyone chose to stay over, chit-chat and have tea-snack in the community room. It was fun, watching the dim light fell asleep, hearing the sound of raging water echoed from the stream nearby and staring at the silky dark forest scene behind the window. What to come tomorrow when rain was this thick, what if the sun would not rise, no one cared anymore.
Our first morning in Nam Cang was cool and breezy with marvelous scents from the outdoor greens, kitchen buttered pancakes and warm coffee. After breakfast, we took off to visit local houses nearby. The most fascinating feature amongst all surprises that we got here must have been the Vietnamese “U-Being Bridge” in Ecolodge homestay. Made of teak woods and construction steels, the bridge greatly resembles minority culture and architecture as connecting lives between rocky narrow waterfalls.