Sunday, August 31, 2008

Day 4 of Hanoi Trip

22 July 2008, after having breakfast, we said bye-bye to Soi & Sao.
The difference of wearing sport shoes & boots, HuiYing & PeiChi could step into the river.

Passed through the lush greeneries paddy fields.

3 hours car ride, we reached Cocly Market area. The car stopped us here. Duong wonder how could we climb up to the hill of Cocly because the construction of water dam had destroyed the road.
When we looked up to the hill, the people who climbing up were like ants moving. Is it possible to go up?
At first, Duong asked the villagers to drive us up by motorcycle but the villagers rejected because they were worried that the motor couldn't even go up and it's dangerous to carry passengers up. So, we had to walk up by ourself. The bridge was just enough to fit 1 person to cross at a time. We had to hold the string and step aside when someone passed by.

It's easy job for the villagers to walk up & down the hill to do business on Cocly Market.
Why do the people choose the hill to open the market? The people carry their merchandise up to the hill every Tuesday to Cocly Market do to business. There's a flat land on the top of the hill which is very suitable to open a market.

Half an hour later, we finally reached Cocly Market.

We had some cold drinks at the market.
Colourful handicraft/souvenir in this traditional market.
This ethnic market is a place for trading and exchanging local goods and products, as well as a meeting place for young people.

Spending one hour here, rested enough. Now, we were ready to go down again.
Going down the hill was much more easier.
So windy down here, so happy we'd finished the trek.
A boat ride up stream of Chay River.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we were transfered to Lao Cai. Duong booked us a room to let us refresh ourselves before getting on the night train. Duong emphasized to us that we should pay the driver some tips before leaving.
Our dinner in a local restaurant which is near to the train station. Baby corn soup, Chicken with lemon grass, Grilled pork, French fries, Mixed vege and watermelon.
Departed from Lao Cai to Hanoi. The train was so noisy because this time our cabin was very near to the wheels.

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