Ba Be to Sapa


Getting from Ba-Be national park to Sapa. Everything I tried to find about it said I basically had to go back to Hanoi then get a night bus from there. That would take 2 full days but by asking the locals I found out I could do it by using local buses rather then the tourist bus in just one day. However this is not as simple as it sounds. I am writing this blog to help others who may want to do this.

Ba Be to Sapa

Ba Be Lake


When your at Ba Be you will probably be staying in the town by the lake called Bo Lu in which case you need to get one of the boats to take you across the lake. Simply follow Continue reading

Ba-Be national park

“Xin Chao” (Hello) I said in my most pleasant Hobo voice.

“Xin Chao” came the reply followed by a dazzling smile

“Do you speak english?”

” Yes” she said with the same smile

Thank god I thought. “I want a bus to Ba-Be lake in Ba-Be national park tomorrow?”


Ba-Be lake

“Yes” came the reply with the same grin. Was it fixed in place? Was it really a smile or had she had a stroke that affected both sides of her body.

There was a slight pause followed by more of a pause as no more information came my way. Did she think I was just bragging or something. “Erm…. Do I get the ticket here?”

“Yes” more pause. Did she really speak English and that same smile was still stuck in place. Her cheeks must be killing by now. Images of Batman facing the Joker came to mind. Then as though someone had put a coin in the slot and pressed play she suddenly continued. “You come tomorrow 1.30 buy ticket then. Bus leaves at 2”. Continue reading

Getting your pockets picked in Hanoi

The girl jumped off the back of the moped and walked up to me.

“You want girl boom boom?”

“Actually he’s the one shouting girl boom boom. Ask him.” I said pointing to my mate Rob who was still wobbling drunk down the street shouting “Girl boom boom.”

She came closer put one arm around my waist and the other around my neck, then putting her mouth near my ear whispered in a slow sultry voice “Girl boom boom”. Thats when it suddenly all made sense.


Its all about the money

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