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tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
I went hiking through the rice paddies in Sa Pa, Vietnam (northern mountain area). The town is swarmed with Hmong girls trying to sell handicrafts, following you throughout the city from the minute you leave your guest house. So yeah, it's full of...
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38 Ngõ Cầu Mây, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
"If you don't buy something from me, I will die tomorrow," the Hmong woman said with a straight face, "then my husband will marry someone else." Caught off guard by the drama of this statement, I stared at her with a dumb, shocked expression...
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Phố Xuân Viên Huyện Sa Pa, Bản Hồ, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
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...
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xóm 3, tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Our guide in Sa Pa, Chai, invited my husband and I and our two children to celebrate her family's completion of their yearly rice harvest. We rented scooters-the Vietnamese vehicle of choice-and rode to the place where she grew up (with 11 other...
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tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Complex. Spicy. Flavorful. Northern Vietnamese food has a way of igniting each and every taste bud. Spicy pho breakfasts, crunchy banana flower salad lunches and arrays of richly seasoned chicken, duck, fish and mixed vegetable dinners – there was...