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The Black Hmong of Sapa in Northern Vietnam

If you have ventured into the mountains of Northern Vietnam you will of without doubt have met the humble villagers known as the Black Hmong.

With more than 1 million Hmong people living in Vietnam they are amongst the friendliest, welcoming and most charismatic people you will ever meet. With a rich and fascinating culture dating back thousands of years, the Black Hmong are easily recognizable in their vibrant clothes and jewelry.

The beautiful town of Sapa is surrounded by Hmong villages and is incredibly picturesque with rice paddies carved into the mountainside. Stray puppies, piglets, chickens, and unsupervised children all roaming the misty streets. If I had to describe Sapa town I would say its new meets old, east meets west, a town that’s struggling to move into this century. There’s always something happen, for example, the town police ride tandem on a motorcycle looking to take bribes from unwitting Chinese tourists, while a pig is being spit-roasted across the potholed riddled street.

The Black Hmong come from the villages to sell their textiles, clothes, and jewelry, which they charmingly all refer to as shopping. They love talking to tourists and will happily ask you questions about who you are, your family, your life, in order to gain your trust in order to get the sale of shopping. And although it can become tiring, once you know, turning the conversation around to learn about the villages, music, clothes, family life, is incredibly interesting.

If you’re a traveler on a budget looking to have an amazing and unique cultural experience, I highly recommend Sapa.

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