May 2009. Bac Ha, Vietnam
Bac Ha is a small village in the north part of Vietnam, near the border with China. For about 313 day in a year it is a quiet place. The remaining 52 days are Sundays. And this is when the place goes on display.
Sunday is a market day. The merchandise on sale is nothing unusual – fruit and vegetable, meat, live stock, grains, oil, tobacco. What makes this market so amazing is the people. And I don’t mean the tourists who visit it. I mean the locals.
This part of Vietnam is populated by hill tribes, which are essentially minority groups. And you can quite easily tell them from a regular Vietnamese – they wear amazing clothes. The clothes are hand-made and so colorful they can give you a headache!