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More Hanoi & Sapa

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

A few more bits from our days in Hanoi and our Hill-tribe trek up in the northern highlands near the border with China at a town called Sapa

19 May 2008, 2:12PM

Uncle Ho's mausoleum... we didn't go in, but apparently he gets an annual three month holiday to Russia for 'cosmetic maintainence'. Some people joke he actually goes to Madame Tussauds...

18 May 2008, 5:59PM

The Water-puppetry show in Hanoi... its a bit of a tourist trap and though I tried really hard to take it seriously, was ultimately a bit rubbish!

20 May 2008, 9:35AM

Rice paddies in the countryside around Sapa - it was a bit rainy for our first day trekking.

19 May 2008, 2:49PM

Water Puppets, yes as if the show wasn't enough you can actually buy them. When one might find the occasion to use them, I'm not sure about.

20 May 2008, 10:54AM

Our accompanying Hmong ladies and Amy adopting the standard Asiatic pose for a photo being taken.

20 May 2008, 10:45AM

Black Hmong girls who later gave us the hair garlands in a semi-successful bid to get us to buy things from them. They start them young in the northern Highlands!

20 May 2008, 12:29PM

More local Hmong girls - generally wearing gum boots and carrying umbrellas! Black Hmong favour Purple Umbrellas

20 May 2008, 11:06AM

Main river is full of sediment which has been washed off the hills. The soil is really fertile here and they manage 2 rice crops a year.

20 May 2008, 1:14PM

The paths are well trodden affairs with alll groups accompanied by a team of hard sellers.

20 May 2008, 12:57PM

Working in the Paddy fields... the water would not have been warm. Doesn't look like much fun.

21 May 2008, 9:38AM

Trekking through the Bamboo forest.

21 May 2008, 8:58AM

Local girl with her Water Buffalo. The ground was wet so I suppose the Buffalo is the next best thing to sit on!



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The Water-puppetry show in Hanoi... its a bit of a tourist trap and though I tried really hard to take it seriously, was ultimately a bit rubbish!

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Uncle Ho's mausoleum... we didn't go in, but apparently he gets an annual three month holiday to Russia for 'cosmetic maintainence'. Some people joke he actually goes to Madame Tussauds...

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Water Puppets, yes as if the show wasn't enough you can actually buy them. When one might find the occasion to use them, I'm not sure about.

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Rice paddies in the countryside around Sapa - it was a bit rainy for our first day trekking.

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Black Hmong girls who later gave us the hair garlands in a semi-successful bid to get us to buy things from them. They start them young in the northern Highlands!

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Our accompanying Hmong ladies and Amy adopting the standard Asiatic pose for a photo being taken.

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Main river is full of sediment which has been washed off the hills. The soil is really fertile here and they manage 2 rice crops a year.

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More local Hmong girls - generally wearing gum boots and carrying umbrellas! Black Hmong favour Purple Umbrellas

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Working in the Paddy fields... the water would not have been warm. Doesn't look like much fun.

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The paths are well trodden affairs with alll groups accompanied by a team of hard sellers.

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Local girl with her Water Buffalo. The ground was wet so I suppose the Buffalo is the next best thing to sit on!

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Trekking through the Bamboo forest.