The majority tourists want to be amazed by the breathtaking landscape but has anyone think about immerse yourself in the middle of nature and enjoy the peaceful pace of life in such a hidden paradise? Then, if you eager to have a journey like that, you shouldn’t miss Sapa, a wonderful place to relax and to experience.
Sapa is such a strange land not because of its location, its culture… but the people. There are more than one war or civil war that happen every single day in the world due to the religions as well as the racism. But in such a small highland with more than 7 ethnics, people all live with harmony in such a very peaceful ambience though the differences. They treat people the way they want to be treated themselves.
Once you come to this land, you will be impressed by their hospitality. They treat you the way you dream to be treated in any destination in your journey. That’s the reason why tourist all supposed to find a chance to experience the homestay there without minding about any inconvenience.
Their house can be considered as a creation inspired from the nature. People don’t have any arrogant commodity, simple but still homely. A life like that is nothing different from living in the middle of the nature. In reality, on the daily life I dare you to find a trace of modernity. They keep using water buffalo to towing the rice plough, carrying supplies and even guarding the other farm yard animals…
Do you know how to raise cattle? Lock in the stalls, feed industrial feed? Yes, that’s right but not for the case of the residents. They raise hand-carried piglets in a very amazing way. Let them run around and find some wild vegetables as food for themselves. That sound weird, huh? As a matter of fact, this kind of animal can’t growth as big as normal pig but so much smaller that people can carry by hand, that’s the reason why they are called “hand-carried piglets”. But the size is not the matter, thank for this style of farming the meat reach such a high and nutritious quality that turn themselves into the best taste of place.
Come to Sapa, tourist is no doubt attracted by the beautiful traditional clothes. But do you know that it’s totally a handmade product, from dyeing to weaving. The most interesting by far is that the dyeing colors made of some kind wild plants and flowers and made in a very traditional way too. By any chance you have to witness the process of dyeing clothes and weaving with old device. Then we have to admit that every women in this upland town is a real artist with a skillful hand.
Come to think about the culinary costume we can tell their love to nature. They love seasonal food and show respect to them by way they cook. In one hand, thank for the temperate climate, Sapa appear nothing different from a paradise for vegetarian. In fact, come to this upland, not only vegetarian but also all tourist feel satisfy with fresh vegetables, crunchy salad, and juicy fruits. People can also try some kind of delicious wild vegetables with a distinct flavor that you have probably never tasted before.
On the other hand, people don’t try to enhance the flavor of food by adding too much species but keep the authentic natural flavor of ingredients. From traditional food to drink, they all concentrate on enjoying the soul of ingredients, i.e. homemade rice wine, Thang Co, Rice bamboo…
Living in such a rural life style like this for just one day would enough to leave you an unforgettable experiences and memories. Always remember that “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” and have fun in Sapa.