A journey into the far north mountain villages of Vietnam almost bordering China. Cold, misty, snowy, hard terrain would be a few ways to describe the place. This was my journey into the unknown Hmong village life on my third trip through Hanoi Vietnam. A few things have changed since my first visit in 2008. Not many have mobile phones but it was just as beautiful in 2017.
Hmong is one of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The Hmong people occupy the mountainous regions of North Vietnam and are often spotted in the provinces of Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Sa Pa, Lai Chau, Son La. On average Hmong women seem to work much harder than men and neither freezing cold or rain seem to dampen their spirits. Hmong women are extremely smart and mostly multilingual. They speak fluent English, French, German, Spanish apart from their native Mong and a few local dialects. They live humble lives selling their handicraft. Capturing the simple beauty of the lives of these gracious people was quite a humbling experience. I’m not the usual stuck-up traveller. I love the rain, don’t mind dirt and mud. I also enjoy street food and language barriers. It excites me! To see these beautiful faces in their traditional gear and simple way of life it takes the experience to another level. They were all shot on my Fujifilm X-Pro2.