Sapa is a beautiful hill town, once used by the French as a leisure destination. It’s now a popular tourist destination, so there are plenty of bars, backpacker stores and motorbikes for rent. It’s also close to the villages of the Black Hmong and Red Dao ethnic minority hill tribes people. The ladies of both tribes tramped up and down the main street, greeting all the tourists with English conversation and trying their best to tempt them into a sale. The handicrafts were as colourful as the ladies who were offering them for sale. The banter was good natured and always conducted with a smile, but most encounters ended with the words ‘sorry, no shopping’.