On our first morning in Sapa, Bac gave us a tour of the town, and showed a marked footpath up Ham Rong Mountain. Most of us followed it at some stage in the afternoon. I walked up with Sue and Peter. The lower part of the route was rather tacky with Mickey Mouse and other large plastic statues, but just as one of us was thinking of turning back, it got more interesting, with strange rock formations. This passage through the Stone Forest is not as narrow as it looks!
The top of the mountain is called Cloud Yard. There were plenty of clouds around that day, but fortunately we had a view of the town and lake below.