Photo essay: the fantastic faces of Sapa, Vietnam

NWe had a wonderful time in Sapa, which is in the north-western corn of Vietnam, not far from the Chinese border. It’s a mountainous region with the natural/artificial landscape of terraced paddy fields. Vietnam has many minority ethnic groups and each village in this area has one or two tribes living in it. What is particularly unusual (I can’t think of another example) is that these tribes, co-existing in one village of, say, 3,000 people, can’t speak each other’s language.

Many of the subjects here are in their tribal clothes which are worn every day. I hope you enjoy browsing these faces as much as I did taking them.


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20 thoughts on “Photo essay: the fantastic faces of Sapa, Vietnam

  1. Beautiful pictures! That baby had a pair of scissors! ‘Elf and Safety! Seriously, it looks amazing and the women’s faces are beautiful.


    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, guys….and wowx100 on your brilliant Cotswolds vid ….we feel very inadequate now!!! Have a fabulous (because you are..!) trip and keep us posted. Meanwhile….we fly home today after 57 amazing days. Can’t wait to start planning the next one. Safe travels x


  2. The first picture, woman on the right hand side was my guide in Sapa several years ago! I see she’s had a lovely baby now. How cool! Thanks for sharing, Jane (and Nigel)!


    1. Hi Lizbeth, nice to hear from you! I think those girls were pretty young when we met them last year but I guess they might have worked as guides when you were there? Amazing place, isn’t it?–Jane


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