We had finished checking in but could not yet go and see our room since it was not ready! Unfortunately, we still had to wait for five and a half hours until twelve noon since it was only 7.30 in the morning! So, the only thing we could do was walk around our area. Our hotel, not far from Sapa’s center, was only less than 100m away. We decided to walk and saw street sellers, from young to old, selling their valuables.
Since their church was also near in sight, we went there to pray for a while since it was Sunday. It was a small and typical church, just like the one in our neighborhood. We then walked upwards by a built staircase on a hill on the roadside to their market district which was booming with business and activity. There were many toy guns which are not real ones. Despite that, I can’t carry them on a plane, to my surprise since I like this stuff. My parents also looked around for souvenirs and tried bargaining them at a cheaper price. Eventually, we neither bought anything nor continued our way up as we came to one part where we had to pay if we wanted to resume our journey.
With that two hours of exploring coming to an end, we came to this beautiful cherry blossom garden which was filled with colourful, bright and blooming plants. There was also a fountain in the middle of it all where I took some solo photos. As we ended our tour, we came to this statue which was carved with some Hmong maidens. It was big but the writings weren’t that clear, though.
Since I realized I needed to urinate, we had to go back to our hotel since they have common toilet there. As we waited patiently to be served with a room after my business, a staff member told us that our room was prepared, thirty minutes before the middle of the day. Another good news was we were upgraded to a family suite without additional charges. We thanked him for the early allowance and stayed in our room until lunch time. The view from our room was fantastic we could see the town centre and the Tonkinese Alps.