Photo story: A walk around Sapa Minority Villages

Sapa minority children school
Tourism seem to have funded the school for minority children

I wrote in a previous post of how minority guides had been “forced” on us during our treks to the villages. I also said that Sapa was nice, but too touristy. That being said, to be fair to the Sapa minority tribes, tourism has helped improved the standard of living.

As compared to the schools I had seen in the more remote villages of Yunnan, in China and in Laos, the school in Sapa was well-built. The pillars and roof were made of concrete. There was a flat and smooth playing ground. The one in Laos was previously filled with stones, clay balls, sandflies and branches. The weather was slightly cold and the children were well wrapped in thick coats of different shades and colours. The children seem to have better lives.

Farm animals – geese, ducks and cats roamed around freely, while cows feed on dry hay. Sapa minority villages don’t seem to be in abject poverty, and perhaps, tourism has done them well.

Sapa children minority schools
Children playing in a school in Sapa
Sapa rice terrace
The way up a Sapa rice terrace
Sapa farms cows feeding
Cows in the middle of feeding
sapa rice terrace ducks mud
Enjoying a mud bath along the slides of the terrace
Sapa minority village farm animals
Is the cat about to pounce?
Sapa minority villages homes
Pools of flooded rice terraces by the side of homes
Sapa minority villages shack
Came across this empty shack in the middle of no where
sapa minority villages butcher
That’s a local butcher for you
Sapa minority village grocery store
A local grocery store in Sapa Minority Villages

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Also met some cute kids along the way

sapa minority tribe children
Sitting on a makeshift hammock
sapa minority tribe children
She realises my presence and says Hi
sapa minority tribe children
It’s show time!
sapa minority tribe children
Here we go! (The one being driven doesn’t seem too happy)

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