Sapa, in Vietnam's North, is home to several hill tribes people who still sell their traditional handicrafts and wear their traditional outfits in town. They are smiling, happy people, despite a difficult life of poverty and simplicity.
It is amazing how amicable and peaceful these people are, and to see how well the differing hill tribes- with their different cultures and traditions and wares- all inter-meld and interact with each other.
The hawkers are really a delight, despite their desperate insistence at times, and make Sapa a special place to visit, if nothing else for their smiles!
Published on 5/7/07