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  • Hoten (Jéw) - 96 years old - In a hut among the rice fields, Sapa

    We visited Hoten's hut whilst on a hike through the rice fields with Sho ... Hoten was a gorgeous grandmother who at her ripe old age of 96 complained that she had just one problem - her eyes weren't so good anymore ... otherwise she was fit as a fiddle. What a fantastic face, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to draw her. I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Sapa so had a chance to photocopy her portrait as well as that of the farmer's at the markets and pass them on. It's such a lovely feeling to think that they might be hung up somewhere in such a contrasting place to all I know and hopefully be a fond memory for them as more than just some tourist.

  • José Vargas from Ecuador

    31 May 2006

  • Heidi, Victoria Hotel, Sapa

    Our favourite chill-out haunt with delectable desserts .... 30 May 2006

  • Mu - waitress at Hill Station Restaurant, Ta Phin, Sapa

    30 May 2006

  • Farmer drinking tea, Sapa Markets

    I came across this farmer sipping his tea as I walked through the markets in Sapa ... he had the most amazing face. It was one of those times I was by myself and I had to use my best sign language to communicate to him my request to draw him. To my amazement he accepted with a simple nod and hand gesture for me to join him. Before I knew it I was surrounded by a small crowd of locals speaking a million miles an hour around me - it was such an intense feeling not really knowing what they were saying - approving, disapproving, telling him to demand money ??? ... When I finally finished and showed him the portrait there was an overwhelming gush of laughter from everyone including the farmer. I then proceeded to request for obligatory signature ... after some confusion I realised he was illiterate ... but he left me a fabulous fingerprint. Priceless.

  • Marie Kengugen from Belgium

    29 May 2006

  • Barbai Tuai on way to the Perfume Pagoda

    3 June 2006

  • Kyle Hawkins from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA - on row boat to Perfume Pagoda

    3 June 2006

  • Chua Huong - monk at Perfume Pagoda

    Im sure he was annoyed by all the tourists coming through, including me ... yet he let me draw him with a little reservation. It was quite nice to see him totally soften after he saw my efforts at which point I got the first break-through of a smile. 3 June 2006

  • Rejane from Belgium

  • Sarah, Hanoi

    Originally from Perth, Sarah was our gracious guide showing us some of the tucked away wonders of Hanoi like the Green Tangerine. 25 May 2006

  • Sho - guide, Sapa

    We were so fortunate to meet this remarkable young lady. Not only had she taught herself english just through spending time with tourists, but she was a joy to be around with so many extraordinary stories of life there ... such a breath of fresh air compared to many guides. She took us through the ankle deep in mud treks of the rice fields telling us of her brothers murder over a buffalo, about the Shaman woman we crossed, passed out intoxicated in the mud amongst the more daily routines of these hard working people.

  • Mr Hoång - Ha Long Bay guide

    29 May 2006

  • David from

  • Carissa Le, Ha Long Bay

    29 may 2006

  • Dave playing cards on our boat Ha Long Bay

  • Evelyn (8) - Cat Ba Islands, Ha Long Bay.

    29 May 2006

  • Khu Laochai, Sapa

    One of the girls that hung out around our hotel selling local trinkets

  • Cathrine from Kilkenny Ireland - Sapa

    1 June 2006

  • Abi Polus, Bagette & Chocolate, Sapa

    Met Abi and Cathrine at one of these crazy 'where am I' places - a modern french style cafe in the middle of traditional Vietnam. Vietnam was once a French colony so a croissant and coffee for breakfast is not as strange request as you would expect in the middle of asia. 1 June 2006

  • Heidi, Hanoi

    25 May 2006