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A construction site, probably a new hotel, in Sa Pa. Vietnam. . . (...) Like most of Vietnam, growth in Sapa is an unstoppable force, especially with the construction of new hotels. Roads are ripped up to install updated sewers, and every block has some sort of reno or rebuild. Two doors down from our hotel is an old-school construction, complete with workers in flip flops and ball caps. . We knew Sapa was not a sleepy alpine town, but we were surprised by the number of tourists and the accompanying hubbub. The main part of town is quite small, very walkable and crammed with hotels, guesthouses, hostels, restaurants and stores selling minority handicrafts and fake North Face products. Restaurants are mainly mediocre and same-same. Someone must have taken a survey about Western preferences and come up with spaghetti, chicken cordon bleu and T-bone steaks; those stalwarts of the ’70s appear on almost every menu in town (...) . . Photo & story by Ginny & Stephen - Blog Leavingourselvesbehind.com . Their full article is on the link in bio.