The houses are made of reddish teak. The children play in the muddy streets. Piglets, ducks, chickens and dogs wander in the yards. Lush gardens of beans, corn, squash, onions and lettuce grow as if they're in a hothouse. Up at the plateau near the top of a mountain, the mist hovers just above, just beyond the town, letting the sunshine peek through.
No wonder many Hmong people had trouble when they emigrated to America after the Vietnam War. This is about as far as you can get from American life.
For tourists interested in minority cultures, a visit to this Hmong village south of Luang Prabang is a brush with a fascinating group with ties to the United States. The visit is pure cultural tourism — you meet people, you tread lightly, you go away. They are not selling anything. There is no welcome committee.
It takes nearly two hours to drive the rutted dirt roads up the mountains from Luang Prabang into the highlands where the Hmong live. Once, our vehicle got stuck in the red sloppy mud and had to be pushed out.
The Hmong (pronounced Mong), a poor mountain people, are not beloved by their countrymen because they helped the American CIA during the Vietnam War.
The ethnic minority came to Laos centuries ago from the highlands of China. They are not Buddhist like most Laotians. Instead, they have their own ancestor- and spirit-worship religion, which often made them targets of persecution...Read more
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