We’ve now been here in Hanoi for 3 months and what a time we’ve had. As well as settling down, I’ve found a job working as an e-learning consultant and I make a little here and there doing internet work and Elena has been busily learning to watercolour. It’s been such a relief to be able to take control of our lives and not have to work 9-5.
Since getting here we’ve also been on a few trips around the North of Vietnam. We wanted to see how local people take holidays and so we arranged a couple of trips to the countryside through people we know around town and ended up travelling in groups of mainly young hip Vietnamese. The groups that we went with organised everything amongst ourselves, from hiring motorbikes to accommodation.
The first trip was to a place called Mù Căng Chải. Mù Cang Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northeast region of Vietnam and has some of the most beautiful rice paddies in the world. It’s not as famous as Sa Pa, but is just as beautiful I’m told, with the bonus that not that many tourists go there. As it’s not as famous as Sa Pa, we could only get a postcard of Sa Pa to send out and I hope that this works to convey the beauty of the landscape to whoever receives it.
Here are our pictures from our trip to Mù Căng Chải.