At the end of the trail we were once again accosted by women trying to sell us their handcraft. I only had one girl in my eyes though as I beckoned towards my young helper. She offered me small wallets and handbags and I picked her largest; an embroidered blue bag she made with her own hands. Then the bargaining began at 200,000 VND (about $10), a price higher than I expected her to start off. I hate this part! I bargained from 40,000 dong and eventually we met in the middle at 100,000 VND, a good days earnings for a six year old!
Julian pulled a $20 note from his wallet to give to his eager sherpa. As he handed it to her, she went on to ask for an additional 100,000 VND on top of that telling him "the bag was heavy!" to which he replied "I know!" and shaking his head with a smile he refused. The bargain had been made and she could probably take the rest of the week off with her handsome sum.