The mountain villages are charming to the eye but life can be very tough at times for the minority tribes. Boredom could easily set in and create despair. People do seem to be busy and village life has its daily chores if animals are to survive and people are to be clothed and fed. Fortunately the land is excellent for agriculture and there appears to be enough food for everyone. Water buffalo are used extensively as there is little mechanized planting or harvesting. A number of homes in the village have television and so their house becomes a magnet for young and old.

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Sapa Vietnam: Terraced rice paddies. Sapa Vietnam: Basic accommodation for a water buffalo. Sapa Vietnam: Housing in the village is very basic. Sapa Vietnam: Mother and children have walked many kilometers. Sapa Vietnam: The little girl stops for a break. Sapa Vietnam: Our guide with a water buffalo. Sapa Vietnam: The water buffalo loves the mud so much !! Sapa Vietnam: Simple farm houses among the terraced hills. Sapa Vietnam: Children everywhere find magic in mud and water. Sapa Vietnam: Simple farm shed. Sapa Vietnam: These timbers have seen many winters. Sapa Vietnam: Literally resting on his haunches. Sapa Vietnam: Happy as a pig in mud. Sapa Vietnam: Lush growth at the bottom of the valley with plenty of rainfall. Sapa Vietnam: Simple suspension bridge with locals taking a rest (bottom left of screen). Sapa Vietnam: New suspension bridge replaces the old one on the right.
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