Set in an idyllic valley, the Mai Chau area is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi from where my journey started. It is not an easy place to reach, even by private car, a long and arduous bumpy 5 hour drive. Worth it though! The villagers are mostly White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Below is my picture diary taken during a whistle stop bicycle tour of the area. In these pictures the focus is on the people as they go about their daily lives rather than the usual over-coloured travel photography. In so doing i hope this is a more honest portrait of a place and its people. Taken in January 2015 the focus at this time is very much the preparation of the fields for rice planting.
We stayed in the Mai Chau Valley View click the link for his website and were hosted by Mr Duong and his family. Mr Duong was kind enough to take us on a guided tour of the area which resulted in the pictures below. he is a wonderful man with great local knowledge
Grandmother looks after grandson whilst mother and father work.
A rare Albino water Buffalo, work done for the day he is unharnessed from the plough and can now snack on banana leaves.
There is always time for a smile
Wonderful view of surrounding mountains, rice fields to foreground.
A village elder out for a stroll
A woman returns home after a day spent working the land.
Buffalo calf receives a treat of sliced cassava
Working the rice paddies
If you are fortunate enough you will have water buffalo to assist with ploughing the fields
The washing machine. Local place for washing clothes
The sun sets on Mai Chau
Duck for dinner. Here the duck is dipped in boiling water making it easier to pluck, much to the fascination and delight of the woman’s daughter.
Inspecting the fields, or going for a stroll, or maybe checking up on her husbands progress?
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