I much preferred the market here in the old part of town, more of a street marjet than the other one. Much more produce and people here and much more fun walking and talking in the street. Ethnic minorities included the Black Dzao and Black Hmong, quite a few Dzay and also some Flowered H'mong the most colourful.
It was outside the village of Ban Ho, on a Lu minority farm, that I first saw a banana flower. Incredible, I'd never seen one before like this. Stopped for a few minutes for a chat with the farmer and watched from afar at his wife walking the land with a water buffalo. Unbelievably she is completely blind in one eye through cataracts but with the help of her children she was still able to keep up the work in the fields.
Further out from Ban Giang, in the tiny village of Xin Chai, we stopped to watch this woman braiding a hairpiece for one of her daughters. Having had to chop her hair off for lice reasons, the little girl still wanted to feel hair down her back, as most single girls do. She invited us into the enclosure, just as her sister turned up wearing the headpiece of the Black Dzao minority. This is also a good view showing the two spikes that hold the piece to the hair underneath. Actually looks like she has her own TV aerial....Both women were also wearing the traditionnal neck-piece of red wool.