Up the hill from the food and handicraft stalls was the area for trading or buying animals. Apparently, a water buffalo costs $1000 USD.
This house has a door with flags on it put there by the shamen as a blessing. The branch in front is a warning to passers by to not bother the inhabitants. It could be that they have had a death in the family or maybe they are just sick of tourists peering into their home.
Here is a woman making corn moonshine.
After our cultural tour, we got back on the van for the 3 hour ride back to Sapa. Ugh.
We stopped once in the bigger city of Loa Cai for everyone to walk a few hundred meters to see the Chinese border. Jean Luc was safe in my pack this time.
Of course, near the border is a major import market, so even if a regular sized car isn't practical for your family, you can buy a small one made in China and take it home on your scooter.
We were glad to get up to Sapa again and relax in our nice room before a tasty dinner ending with fried banana cakes and chocolate.