Vietnamese People Pictures
A Vietnamese water bus, the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam
Mekong River People
A Mekong taxi.
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is an immense fertile wetland, 40, 000 sq kms (15, 000 sq miles) on the southwest tip of the country, though you don’t have to take a boat to enjoy it – unless you go in September.
Getting there from Ho Chi Minh City is a straight 4 hour (170 km) drive down to Can Tho (which hosts a floating market), but there’s only one road and we all know about following agricultural machines on small roads!
However, for those flush with funds taking a speedboat from Saigon is an option. There may be a high speed ferry (again) soon doing this route, so check when you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Black H’mong (more of a navy blue? ).
The Hmong are rural people who live by agriculture and hunting, though they sometimes keep chickens, pigs and cows, for food but also sacrifices for shamanistic rituals. When times are hard the Hmong hunt for animals in the forests, such as squirrels, birds and rats and and fish in rivers.
The Red H’mong. Photo by Guerinf.
The Flower H’mong, mostly living in Vietnam’s northern hills. Photo by Brian Snelson
Sapa is a remote town in the scenic northwest of the country where colourful hill tribes such as the Dao, H’mong, and Kinh people gather kaleidoscopically for market days. The famous Saturday market is inevitably touristy but still a dazzling experience.
380 km from Hanoi, it needs a 3 day trip to make it worthwhile.
The most colourful H’mong market in Vietnam takes place at Can Cau in Sapa. Photo by Arian Zwegers.
The H’mong culture crosses mere national boundaries and can be found in several Southeast Asian countries such as China, Thailand in addition to Laos and Vietnam. Traditionally the H’mong fought for/with countries at war with Vietnam, so the H’mong sided with both France and USA during those wars, unofficially and known as the secret war, suffering considerably as a consequence.