Women and children from the Black H'mong tribe in Sapa make their living by selling their trademark indigo purses, clothing, and jewerly to tourists visting the city. Groups of vendors wait outside hotel doors to catch the interest of a willing customer. The women and children escort trekkers through the countryside in hopes of making a big sale at the final destination.
Post #11: Side trip to Sapa! July 25th 2009 We thought it was about time to catch you up on a few side trips we took when we first hit Hanoi way back in July. Wow- that seems like a life-time ago! Our first excursion out of the city was a 4-day jaunt, by overnight train, to Sapa in northwestern Vietnam. Not knowing any better, we purchased a finely organized but over-priced tour from our hotel. Our journey started at the train station a ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more