The rice paddies of Mai Chau flit seasonally between green and gold, carpeting the ground between its villages. These are the workplaces of some of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities – the Thai, the H’mong and the Dao, each comprising the diverse population of Mai Chau in a cultural fabric woven as intricately as their brocades.
Mai Chau’s location just three hours from Hanoi offers the perfect counterpoint to a busy city in the grip of modernisation. This fruitful valley is the picture of Vietnam’s agriculturaltradition; a vibrant world of gorgeous simplicity and stagnated time.
Mai Chau has long been home to some of Vietnam’s beloved ethnic minorities. The Thai, H’mong and Dao ethnic groups have been the most prominent settlers of the region, founding traditions that have become intertwined both with the landscape and Mai Chau’s passing seasons.