54 ethnic groups in Vietnam


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October 30th 2013
Published: October 30th 2009
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There are 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, of which the Viet (or Kinh) is the largest group (making up 86.2%!o(MISSING)f the country's population). The Viet people mainly live in the Red River Delta, the central coast region, the Mekong Delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups are scattered over mountain areas or plains spreading from the North to the South. My photos in this blog ... Read Full Entry



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Pan-pipes of H'mong people in SapaPan-pipes of H'mong people in Sapa
Pan-pipes of H'mong people in Sapa

These pan-pipes of the H'mong ethnic minority people are sold in Sapa town, north west Vietnam.
At Museum of Ethnology in HanoiAt Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi
At Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi

A model of grave house of the Bahnar and Jrai ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Bắc Hà Sunday marketBắc Hà Sunday market
Bắc Hà Sunday market

A little H'mong girl at the Sunday market in Bắc Hà town, north west Vietnam.
Pà Thẻn weaving village in Hà GiangPà Thẻn weaving village in Hà Giang
Pà Thẻn weaving village in Hà Giang

On the way from Hà Giang back to Hanoi, we visited a weaving village of Pà Thẻn ethnic group in Hà Giang province.
Dress of the Thai ethnic minority groupDress of the Thai ethnic minority group
Dress of the Thai ethnic minority group

Me (right) standing next to a girl who wears traditional dress of the Thai ethnic minority group in north west Vietnam. She is the receptionist at Kim Bôi hot spring.
Dresses of the Flowery H'mong peopleDresses of the Flowery H'mong people
Dresses of the Flowery H'mong people

Dresses for men and women in the Flowery H'mong ethnic minority group are sold at Bắc Hà Sunday market, north west Vietnam.
At a Thai ethnic minority house in Mộc ChâuAt a Thai ethnic minority house in Mộc Châu
At a Thai ethnic minority house in Mộc Châu

Sơn La province, North West Vietnam
Long house of the Ede peopleLong house of the Ede people
Long house of the Ede people

A long house of the Ede ethnic minority people in Buôn Thá village, Buôn Ma Thuột city, the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
A H'mong man & pan-pipe on Mã Pì Lèng passA H'mong man & pan-pipe on Mã Pì Lèng pass
A H'mong man & pan-pipe on Mã Pì Lèng pass

Hà Giang province, the northernmost province of Vietnam
These things are sold in Sapa townThese things are sold in Sapa town
These things are sold in Sapa town

These things are sold by the ethnic minority people in Sapa town, north west Vietnam. The red bibs are for babies to wear.
One of traditional dresses of the Viet groupOne of traditional dresses of the Viet group
One of traditional dresses of the Viet group

This girl wears "Áo tứ thân", which is one of the traditional dresses of the Viet (Kinh) group in northern Vietnam. She is a singer working on the boat which cruises along the Red River in Hanoi.
Raglay ethnic minority people Raglay ethnic minority people
Raglay ethnic minority people

Yang Bay waterfall area, 45km from Nha Trang city.
Elephant ride in Buôn Đôn villageElephant ride in Buôn Đôn village
Elephant ride in Buôn Đôn village

Buôn Đôn village, which is located 50km away from Buôn Ma Thuột city in the Central Highlands, is the only place in Vietnam where elephants are tamed. Now they carry tourists around the area, including Yok Don national park.
Two Pa Dí ethnic minority women in Mường KhươngTwo Pa Dí ethnic minority women in Mường Khương
Two Pa Dí ethnic minority women in Mường Khương

Lào Cai province, North West Vietnam
Gong performanceGong performance
Gong performance

In this photo you can see traditional clothes of men in some ethnic minority groups, which are living in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The gong performance in this region was recognized as a UNESCO intangible heritage. This shot was taken outside Pleiku airport in Pleiku city.
T'rung musical instrumentT'rung musical instrument
T'rung musical instrument

A girl of the Jrai ethnic minority group is standing next to a T'rung instrument. This shot was taken in Pleiku city, the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Lunch at a house of the Nùng ethnic peopleLunch at a house of the Nùng ethnic people
Lunch at a house of the Nùng ethnic people

I met two Nùng ethnic girls at the Sunday market and they invited me to their house for lunch - Hoàng Su Phì district, Hà Giang province.
A Dzao woman at Lũng Phìn marketA Dzao woman at Lũng Phìn market
A Dzao woman at Lũng Phìn market

Mèo Vạc district, Hà Giang province.
At Museum of Ethnology in HanoiAt Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi
At Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi

A model of communal house "Nhà Rông" of the Bahnar ethnic minority group in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Blue H'mong childrenBlue H'mong children
Blue H'mong children

I met a group of Blue H'mong people having lunch by the road in Mộc Châu highlands, Sơn La province, north west Vietnam. These little boys were eating rice with water.



30th October 2009

Thanks so much for such an interesting entry, the Museum of Ethnology is definitely on the list of places Lorenza and I must visit next tim ewe are near Hanoi.
30th October 2009

ethnic groups
A very interesting blog. I knew about some of these groups, but I did not realize that there are so many. I've been to the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi twice. It provides a fascinating insight into the living and working lives of the Vietnamese ethnic groups. It is a 'must' visit for anyone travelling to Hanoi.
30th October 2009

Ethnic groups
My foggy picture of Vietnam is becoming clearer, thanking to your detailed description with the photos you effectively use.

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