Vietnam photo diary: Part 2 Sa Pa and Muong Hoa Valley

by Derek Amoako April. 15, 2017 1715 views

So, shall we pick up where I left off?  Do you need to recap or catch up?  Here's part one on my time in Hanoi.

The small town of Sa Pa is in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains in Northwest Vietnam and overlooks the nearby Muong Hoa Valley. The day before our Mount Fansipan expedition we took a trek through the area.

Having travelled a fair bit I have seen some beautiful landscapes, but the natural beauty throughout this valley was something even I wasn't prepared for.

Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley


Now remember, Sa Pa isn't a place of city dwellers like Hanoi or London, once you leave the town centre you're into rural country, the pace of life here is far more relaxed, but by no means easier, even more so for the minority groups that inhabit the region. Across Vietnam there are a total of 54 minority groups, five of these reside in Sa Pa. They are, the Black H'mong, Giay, Red Dao, Tay and Xo Pho. Members of these minority groups mostly work in agriculture, however, with Sa Pa being a popular tourist destination, some members of the Red Dao and other groups have taken a more entrepreneurial approach and have established tour companies in town.

Red Dao female

Red Dao female

The lady in the photo above is from the Red Dao minority group. You can often identify female members by their red headwear and shaven eyebrows. Men and women also wear a patch of square cloth on their backs to symbolise that they are children of God.


local kids often ran away from the camera, but this little girl was transfixed by our film equipment

local workers

A group of men enjoying some downtime during their work day

Dirt bike

Even here in the valley motorcycles are a necessity


A person could easily get use to the way of life in Muong Hoa Valley, away from the demands of 21st century living. Exploring this area was a fulfilling experience, our journey took us amongst snaking bamboo paths, through rice fields, across river gorges and past quiet villages.  On occasion, I would find myself standing atop a cliff edge looking out across the vast open space. The quiet tranquillity of the area meant you often just had to stop and take it all in.


River Gorge


The next day we would begin our summit attempt of Mount Fansipan...

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Vy Nguyen 2 years, 10 months ago

Oh my God, that was amazing. I really love the way you see and describe my country and those photos were absolutely incredible. Thank you

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike 2 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful photos, and a breathtaking landscape !

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Dinaana Mh 2 years, 11 months ago

I love journey posts.
Job well done here,
keep it up :)

I wana know what's next :)

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Derek Amoako Replied to Dinaana Mh 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Dinaana! next part coming up soon.

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sirena Lu 2 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Derek Amoako Replied to Sirena Lu 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you! I'm pleased you like them

2 years, 11 months ago Edited