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Sapa, North Vietnam

Location: Sapa, Vietnam

We saw Sapa as it really was, here you can get all 4 seasons in a day in these mountains 8 miles from the Chinese border. It was very foggy and rainy but we also saw some dry cold sunshine.
The ethnic villages were fascinating.

Most of the houses were made from mud, wattle and daub with thatches of bamboo

The terraced rice paddies of the Hmong tribe

The rice fields are empty at this time of year

A seller from the Red Dao tribe, they walk alongside you through the whole village

The young mothers of the Black Hmong

The centre of the Black Hmong village, people settled by a source of water

Women sit on doorsteps or by the side of the road making textiles which they sell as a main source of income

Notice mud huts but also the satellite dish, generators here are paid for by the government,

Making incense sticks is a very big industry at this time of year when the Tet New Year is celebrated. The sticks are bamboo and used for worship at shrines or temples.

The village may be chaotic but the vegetable fields were well ordered and pristine

The women come daily to sit in the market space outside the catheral in Sapa to sell ther textiles

This woman was squatting outside her house making small cone shaped incense candles for sale.. people burn them in their homes at Tet.



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The terraced rice paddies of the Hmong tribe

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Most of the houses were made from mud, wattle and daub with thatches of bamboo

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A seller from the Red Dao tribe, they walk alongside you through the whole village

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The rice fields are empty at this time of year

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The centre of the Black Hmong village, people settled by a source of water

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The young mothers of the Black Hmong

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Notice mud huts but also the satellite dish, generators here are paid for by the government,

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Women sit on doorsteps or by the side of the road making textiles which they sell as a main source of income

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The village may be chaotic but the vegetable fields were well ordered and pristine

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Making incense sticks is a very big industry at this time of year when the Tet New Year is celebrated. The sticks are bamboo and used for worship at shrines or temples.

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This woman was squatting outside her house making small cone shaped incense candles for sale.. people burn them in their homes at Tet.

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The women come daily to sit in the market space outside the catheral in Sapa to sell ther textiles