Hi all -- my wife and I will be visiting SE Asia for five weeks following a trip to China. Initially the rural highlands in northern Vietnam were high on our list, but we've decided to spend a week just prior in Yangshuo and surrounds, exploring villages by bike and taking in rural life.
My question is: how similar or dissimilar are the general sights/experiences in Sapa from the area around Yangshuo? Since our time in SE Asia for this trip is somewhat limited, and we'd like to fit in a diversity of experiences, are we better off passing up Sapa and Vietnam's rural north this time around?
Thanks for your insights,