Indonesian Traveler and Blogger who landed in Amsterdam. Still, her love to home town, Jakarta, remains.
Ho Chi Minh City, as her first experience living outside the comfort zone, has always been in her heart. Even though she got lost there.
Hong Kong is a very vibrant city where her searching mode made her grown up.
Amsterdam, a new chapter to begin.
Amsterdam view from Amsterdam Tower
The view from Amsterdam Tower
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
SAPA (Part 1) - Girl's Story
Thanks to Kevin, my blogger mate, I got to know Yukie.
She is a Japanese lady who is learning Vietnamese
study, currently doing her thesis, and has been living in Sapa.
Two Indonesians & one Japanese in Sapa!
It is a small world. Kevin knows Yukie from Thuy whom
I also know. Yukie introduced me Minh, a
friendly tour guide, and both of them took us around Sapa. They made my Sapa trip wonderful with their
hospitality and genuine friendship…
Sapa trip was my farewell trip in Vietnam. After having been lived in this country for
nearly a year or to be exact - 11 months and 19 days, it is time to move on to
It is not only my farewell to Vietnam, somehow it was also my farewell to Ho Chi Minh City #HCMC and Heny, my Indonesian friend who is also working and living there.
All members of the Second Floor
Previously there were these four girls who called
themselves as members of the "Second Floor".The
four of us met, for the very first time, at the second floor of a building at
44 Ly Tu Trong Street in #HCMC where La Fenetre du Soleil is located. The name is so French but that restaurant is
serving Japanese and Vietnamese food.
Soon after the four of us got to know each other,
Miranti had to return to Jakarta when she finished her assignment. Three girls were still hanging around #HCMC.
Three months later, upon completion of her assignment
in #HCMC, Yessi had to return to her work base in Singapore. She had a special transit in her home town in Medan, North
Sumatra, Indonesia, to marry her loved oneJI was happy for her, but sad letting her go.
The two girls still had fun in the city! We enjoyed local yummy
food and cà phê sữa đá (iced Vietnamese coffee milk),... supported the Indonesia
Warriors basketball team, or watched Indonesian dance performance in #HCMC..... and we hang out with other Indonesian friend in town,
Lucy, especially to hunt for good vegetarian meals.
Time flies. A month after Yessi's gone, it was my turn
to say see you again to the only
"Second Floor" member left in #HCMC, Heny.
The easiest way to reach Sapa is from Hanoi, the
capital city of Vietnam, then the trip continues either by 8 hour train or 12
hour bus. Decision was to go by Livitrains for conveniences, as they have a cabin for two pax.
Train booking was made through a travel agent in
Hanoi. I was given a voucher for two
tickets which I was not aware that I had to exchange it with ticket at the
train station. Anyway, when we arrived
at the station, we went to Livitrains waiting lounge and escorted to the train.
Then the officer said that I had to come
back to their ticketing office to exchange my voucher with the original ticket,
meanwhile the train would leave in 20 minutes…
Thanks to my Vietnamese language which has reached the
minimum survival level, a young guy works for Livitrains helped me and let me
to get into our cabin and waited there until his colleague delivered my ticket.
* Travel tips
when travelling by train to Sapa:
1) if you book train ticket through travel agent,
please make sure if you need to exchange what the agent gives you (voucher), if
so please do it at the train station ahead of time before train’s departure. You might as well exchange it for return
ticket (Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi)
2) keep your train ticket with you until you reach
3) upon arriving in Sapa and leaving that train station, somehow you
are required to give your train ticket to the officer
Train is in the good shape. Clean cabin. It is a VIP cabin for two persons. We got complimentary hot tea, mineral water
and peanut for snacks. Still, the toilet
is outside. There are two toilets for
one wagon. Heny was happy to see the plug
so she can charge her blackberry. We
talked and talked in the train, girls talks…, until we fell asleep.
Good Morning Sapa!
We woke up a few minutes before reaching Sapa and
rushed to the toiletJMy silly thinking says it is
better using the train toilet than the public toilet at the train station.
Arriving in Sapa at dawn at 5 a.m. was quite something...
In sleepiness I asked myself; where was I?
The morning breeze of Sapa woke me up. It was dark and foggy. In June, morning weather was so fresh. I imagined how it would be in winter (November
to February). Northern part of Vietnam
has four seasons.I was told that heater is not a common thing. In winter, when it is cold - it is cold, wet
The tiredness disappeared and changed by the
excitement. I couldn’t wait for the adventure….
SAPA (Part 2) – The Adventure... and more beautiful
photos of beautiful Sapa…