Vietnam Gallery - The women of the northern highlands

The mountainous region of Northwestern Vietnam is known for the beauty of its' scenery and the color and variety of its' inhabitants. Home to a variety of ethnic minority groups, the area around the towns of Sapa and Bac Ha are popular destinations for travelers wishing to see the colorful costumes and lively markets of such groups as the H'mong and Dao.

There are three distinct groups presented in the following slideshow - Red Dao (shown above), Flower H'mong and Black H'mong. Flower H'mong wear elaborate outfits with plaid headwear while the Black H'mong wear dark indigo aprons and leggings with a cylindrical hat. (It is easy to see their relation to the Dong of Guizhou province in China, from where the H'mong emigrated).

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