Wednesday, September 2, 2009
This week a friend and I took a 3-day, 2-night trip around Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. These were largely all places that I had been before, but I took the opportunity to dig a little deeper and learn more about the terrain and the ethnic minorities that inhabit the area. The photos below, in no particular area, highlight out time with the K'ho people. I've labeled this as a "tour" in the title--but don't get the wrong idea... There was no tour guide (unless the tour guide is me). This was all self-guided, off-the-map, adventure in the tradition of great exploration.
K'ho traditional stilt house with woven mat walls and thatched roof.
Inside roof of K'ho house. The frame is made from bamboo. All the cooking is done inside the house but their is no chimney. Thus everything is black from smoke--but the advantage is that it keeps the insects away.
Kitchen inside the corner of the house. Note the cooking (with hot coals) is done on the floor, yet miraculously they don't burn their house down.
K'ho family inside the house.
Sometimes roads just don't seem to go anywhere at all.
Rice Paddies Leading Off Into the Mountains
For those who mistakenly think Malaria is no longer a problem in Vietnam, this clinic, like many around the mountains, specializes in it.
A very difficult-to-reach but glorious waterfall.