365.280/ Mother and Child. Sapa, Vietnam

365.280/ Mother and Child. Sapa, Vietnam

365.280/ Mother and Child. Sapa, Vietnam

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Project 365/280 Woman and child at Cat Cat Village in Sa Pa, Viet Nam.

Taken on: 27th November, 2008. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See jeremyvillasis's page of Flickr

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If travellers are headed anywhere north of Hanoi in Vietnam, it's likely to be Lao Cai province and the hilltribe town of Sapa. The province is geographically diverse, bordered to the east by Hoang Lien Son mountain range, part of which is Hoang Lien national park, which includes Mount Fansipan (Phanxipan), Vietnam's highest peak, at 3,143 metres above sea level.

Lao Cai town, the provincial capital, is both a border town to China – the westernmost crossing open to foreigners via Hekou -- and the gateway to Sapa. If it looks kind of new to you, that's because it is. The town was largely flattened by the Chinese during their invasion of 1979 and the international border crossing here did not re-open till the early 1990s. What you see today, including many of the glorious concrete egg-carton-style buildings, is just 30 years old.

Most visitors spend no longer than an hour or ... Read our complete Lao Cai travel guide

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