While I was studying in Vietnam, I had an opportunity to to visit Sapa in 2012 for my research. I spent a total of 3 months researching in Sapa.
Sapa, a popular tourist destination, is in the northwest corner of Vietnam. Several ethnic groups live in villages around the central Sapa area. These include the Hmong, Dao, Giay, Pho Lu and Tay ethnic minorities.
When I first arrived in Sapa, I had no friends. However, over three months, I was able to meet and befriend many people there.
Everyday I spent time with my new friends. We would visit the market, cook and prepare meals, and drink local alcohol together. I was able to experience the cultural life by visiting villages either on foot or by motorbike. It reminded me of the time I was a high school student.
Since Sapa’s infrastructure was poor, you’re forced to live a pure but simple life. Yet this simplistic life gave me one of my most happiest memories.
I recommend that if you have a chance, visit Sapa, Vietnam. You are sure to have a good time there.
Yukie Kasa resided in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she worked on her master’s degree. She is an advanced speaker of the Vietnamese language. Yukie is currently working in Fukuoka, Japan.