Visiting the village, we were invited to join this group of Hmong women as they prepared their houses for the new year. We sat with them around their fire as they fried sticky rice pancakes on the giant wok like pan. They were just wonderful and welcoming, even though we couldn't exchange a single word of a shared vocabulary (another instance where sharing digital photos on our camera broke down communication barriers).
Hike through Sapa to the homestay of Zu and her lovely family who are from the Black Hmong ethnic group. See how natural indigo dye is produced, cook dinner on an open fire and experience local life in rural Vietnam. Here is Zu dressing me in traditional clothes that she dyed, sewed and embroided herself.