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In the Clouds in Sa Pa

Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town in northwestern Vietnam. During this time of year its skies are overcast and air a bit chilly. When we first arrived via the overnight train from Hanoi the cloud cover was so thick you could not see 20 feet in front of you. We were so immersed in the clouds that you could barely make out people right across the street.

We arrived to town around 8:30 AM and had to wait until noon to check-in to our hotel. Around 12:30, after being in town for four hours already, we hadn’t yet seen the town — being engulfed in a veil of clouds and all — but, after we got our belongings organized in our hotel room, the clouds suddenly, though briefly, scattered. Upon observing the visible masses of liquid droplets from our hotel room balcony for some time we noticed persistent and regularly lapses of the cloud’s activity. Not letting a good opportunity go to waste we busted out the camera and shot a neat time-lapse of the clouds coming and going, rising and falling, crashing against the town and mountainside.

Sa Pa, Vietnam from Brooks Lemke on Vimeo.

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3 thoughts on “In the Clouds in Sa Pa

  1. Hey Guys, looks like a really cool place! How is the altitude? Is it chilly there? It was 50 degrees here the other day. Down south in the cities I heard it hit 60 degrees! I think it was a record! Went fishing with the kids today! Didn’t catch a whole lot! Anyway u both guys care

    Posted by Eric Lemke | January 7, 2012, 6:28 PM
    • Hey Eric,

      The altitude where the pictures were taken was around 1,600 meters. It is quite chilly. We had to get winter clothes while in Hanoi. Got some knock-off North Face apparel and whatnot. The weather would be a lot nicer if were weren’t stuck in the cloud, though. I can’t believe the weather you all are having in the MN area. Crazy stuff! Hope you guys caught lots a fish. See ya!

      Posted by B. Lemke | January 16, 2012, 7:58 PM
  2. Brooks and Ash,

    Love the photos!! Miss you guys!! Take care, love Amy

    Posted by amyandmichaelweiher | January 19, 2012, 1:23 PM

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