We arrive at Lao Cai Railway station (500km from Hanoi) , from where we have a local bus transfer to Sapa (1 hour drive). The guide provide us with more information about the trek. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. But they are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing.After this we continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Zay houses are build in wood and bamboo with clay floor.
(CANON HF100 25p HD - Wide angle Raynox adapter - simple editing with Final Cut / nov 2008).

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