After my day of trekking through the rice terraces in Sapa, and being bled dry of all my money, I decided it was time for me to leave Vietnam. I almost considered staying for one more night/day but bit the bullet, bought my ticket and hoped on an overnight bus from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu. I knew the next few days would not be particularly easy ones, but I was more than ready to get out of ‘Nam’ and into Laos. Looking at a map my journey looked like it should be easy; thankfully I did a little research and few a few blogs (here and here) that told me it would be otherwise.
Often overlooked on the backpacker trail, this is a destination to not be missed. Without the influence of 7/11, Mc Donalds or Starbucks this is a country that offers a raw, rich experience.