Friday, August 22, 2008

Vietnam • Hound Wulf

Elvis, pardon me again for borrowing the title of one your biggest hits, "Hound Dog". I deem it appropriate for this caption on the image i dug up in my Vietnam archive showing ironwulf being pursued relentlessly by a Hmong seller. I grew up in Divisoria and I've had my fair share of very persistent sellers but i think the Hmong and Red Dao sellers in Sapa are among the most persistent ones. Lugging cameras seems to make us all the more vulnerable to their friendly hankering for a sale. in this case, even the veteran traveler that is Ferdz was hounded endlessly by a Hmong woman (we eventually bought a souvenir from her) even in the thickening morning mist following a squall. 

A friendly advice though: ask around for the best prices as we've encountered a few offers which were twice or thrice the normal going rates, and most important of all, haggle, haggle, haggle. It figures, if you can't beat their persistent hankering, join them in making persistent haggles.


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