"Persistent Vendors in Sa Pa" Top 5 Page for this destination Sapa Tourist Trap Tip by Brisvegaskid

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Sa Pa is becoming a bit of a mecca for tourists, if it not already this, and the locals certainly make the most of it. Tourists really do stand out. They flock around tourists, with small bracelets and embroidered bits and pieces, even wanting to sell you their old clothes (which are their traditional dress).

They ask your name, they ask where you are from, they ask you to promise that you will buy from them. And they are very very persistent.

Unique Suggestions: If you buy - definitely don't in the first hour you are there.

Have a look around and get a feel for what's about. Look through the Markets area and the stores and have a good look at what is being offered by the vendors. You'll get a relative impression of what's on offer and the quality and prices.

Be aware that these cute and bold children are excellent sales tools...

But most importantly - enjoy the whole thing and take it in your stride. The bracelets are pretty cheap (don't expect them to last) and part of the experience of being there. They're trying to make a living and no one forces you to buy anything you don't want to in the end!!

Fun Alternatives: I thought that there was much better quality materials and workmanship inside the stores - for sure they are a lot more expensive too, but you get what you pay for.

The rugs and items being offered by individuals on the street were pretty thin and roughly put together. The clothes they tried to sell me were none too clean.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2007
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