People of Dong Van

November 5, 2015

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DongVan Geopark, UNESCO world heritage site, home to tribes of people who live off of the harsh mountain landscapes. It’s almost more breathtaking that people have managed to settle and flourish in these alien places.

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Most people here are ethnically H’mong, but there are also Dzao, and Thay people here amongst smaller ethnic groups.

The best way to see these people without intruding is on market day, there are so many people walking the roads to and from market and the market itself is full of vibrancy.

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Remote village times.

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You see people out in the wilderness between villages, walking the roads, farming, or just hanging around.

These children couldn’t work out our friend’s modified motorbike.

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Some of the people open their houses and greet tourists warmly. Like homestay Ly Quoc Thang in Nam Dam village. The food here was another level!

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And then there’s the tourists like us. Not too many of them yet, but I imagine in the next few years there’ll be a lot more, hopefully not too many to spoil the sense of tradition, mystic, and isolation in this beautiful landscape.

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