Traveling to the Northwest Region of Vietnam

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The Colourful Markets of Sapa
The Colourful Markets of Sapa
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Travel to Northwest Region of Vietnam and Exploring the many Cultures

Visiting the Northwest Region of Vietnam is a chance to immerse yourself in its marvelous forests and mighty mountains. This region is home to many vast fields of tea, which fill the hills with an array of green hues. Apart from Northwest Vietnam’s majesty, it also a great chance to experience many new cultures through the lives of the ethnic minorities that live in this little piece of heaven.

Sapa, Rice Terraces
Sapa, Rice Terraces

Thai Ethnic Group

There are around 1 million people of Thai ethic origin who have settled in this part of Vietnam. Thai ethnic people mainly live in the northwest provinces like Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Yen Bai and other northern mountainous areas.

Thai people have various spoken and written forms. Like other ethnic minorities, the Thai express their cultural identity. Women usually wear the short-sleeved or long-sleeved T-shirt, skirt, scarf, hat, bracelet, wristlet, etc. Another specialty of the Thai ethnic group is steamed sticky glutinous rice. Local people consider this as their best traditional food.  Bamboo-tube rice is another tasty variety which they normally make for festivals.

H’Mong Ethnic Group

The H’Mong is one of the largest ethnic minorities in the northwest region of Vietnam. H’Mong people can be divided into different small groups including Black Mong, White Mong and Flower Mong.

Gau Tao Festival
Gau Tao Festival

The H’Mong live at altitudes over 1500m, which makes them very resilient.  The young often walk for kilometers along rough and steep terrain just to get to school.  The unique feature H’Mong costumes is there vividness and bright colors. If you have a chance to visit this land, you will see many ethnic girls wearing colorful scarves.

Muong Ethnic Group

Muong ethnic minority shares its origins with the ancient Vietnamese. This group mainly live in the northern provinces, especially in Hoa Binh. The Muong identity strongly influences the Hoa Binh traditional culture. The Muong are particularly famous for their unique music performances.

Muong Ethnic Group
Muong Ethnic Group

Dao Ethnic Group

The Dao ethnic minority is one of the largest, scattered across many of the northwest provinces’ mountainous areas. The Red Dao mainly live in Sapa. Women here wear captivating traditional costumes and special accessories made of silver.

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Dao Ethnic Group

Tay Ethnic Group

The Tay people settled in Vietnam a long time ago and still to this day keep to their long-term agricultural traditions. The ancient Tay people started to apply intensive farming and irrigation by digging trenches, building fences, sourcing water to irrigate their crops.

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Tay Ethnic Group

This group has a unique system of handwriting and maintains its long-term traditional culture. They usually live in the shallow plains or the areas with rich fertility and wear captivating indigo clothing.

So when will you explore the Northwest Region of Vietnam?

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I love what the women wear in this culture it is so classy yet colorful and attractive. Like a work of art really. I have yet to explore all of Vietnam but I would love to do so some day. The pictures you have taken are amazing and really highlight the beauty in this culture.

  2. I’ve read so many good things about Vietnam I never knew. I just got to know how hilly the Northwest Region of Vietnam is. Thank you for the information.

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