Children's Smile. Northwest Region
2 Jan 2014 | From Muchu of Vietnam
North West Vietnam the poorest region in the country with rugged sceneries and a primitive infrastructure. The remote Northwest provides a strong contrast to this modern-day Vietnam. But despite that, Northwest Vietnam is filled with friendly people and breathtaking landscapes.
Many ethnic minorities live here. Amongst them are the Muong, Thai, Hoa (ethnic Chinese) and Xa Pho. Many older women in particular make items such as ethnic-style clothes and blankets, to sell to tourists. Children from these ethnic minorities often begin to support their families financially through selling trinkets to tourists.