Da Nang - a small beach town in Viet Nam. Our stay in this beautiful town was short and sweet. We spent a day exploring the beaches, walking along the shore, and sitting in stillness absorbing the quietness of this place. When the sun set we started to walk back to our hotel. It was just another day in paradise.
And then....memories were made. While walking back we were greeted by two young women who started asking us about our travel. They both were vibrant, motivated and full of life. Even though we were skeptical in the beginning, there was this innocence in their behavior that we couldn't help but continue the conversation. We learnt they were pursuing their studies in a nearby college. We spent almost an hour sharing our travel experience, our stories, learning about them and their culture. It was so refreshing to meet college students who were eager to meet new people and learn about their culture. By the time we left, we had new memories made.
That's the thing about memories - they are made by moments, special moments like these. And that's what I am loving about backpacking....because it's giving us so many moments which will stay with us forever!
Mai Chau - a quiet district in Northern Viet Nam. Surrounded by hills, this district is adorned with beautiful rice fields and vegetable farms. We spent two days hiking and biking the streets of Mai Chau. The views from up the hill are breathtaking. The villages are full of farmers working in the fields, grazing their cows, feeding the chickens, selling their home grown vegetables. Unlike Sapa, this district is still not much on the tourist map so we could see the authenticity in culture, food and simplicity in the people and their lifestyle. The houses are made on stilts and it is not uncommon to see people hanging out in their hammocks under the raised floor. It felt like we went back in time to a place of serenity and tranquility. So many of us have to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy such scenery! How wonderful it must feel to wake up to such a magnificent view everyday. If the view outside our home and work place was like this, I think our productivity would multiply and the stress of to-do's and deadlines would be out the window :o)