Here is a photo of some well planted and tended vegetables planted below the road from Lai Chau to Sa Pa. Somehow the colours do not look so good on this screen, but you can see that there is not a weed to be seen.
By the time the food arrives on the table, it is still very clean and very fresh and mostly very tasty. My favourite as been any sort of meat fried with lemon grass and chili, the last being goose meat (whilst Richard was eating a deer steak the other side of the table). The fresh rice noodles are always tasty and make a change for baguettes and jam for breakfast. Last night, while with our new friends in Sa Pa, we had chips, watching our hostess go out to the market to buy the potatoes, peel them, cutb them and fry them a few at a time, the hot chips arriving at regular intervals on our plate, to be eaten with salt and chili sauce. Not quite Yemen quality, but almost!