Two Tay men looking across a new government irrigation project.
Tay people who live between the canal and the mountain must use a barge to come and go from their house.
The Tay people were relocated to Binh Thuan Province by the government about 30 years ago. They originally came from Cao Ban near the Chinese border. They were isolated here in Binh Thuan for almost the entire time, until roads to the village began to be built 2 years ago.
The folks here told me that I was the first foreigner that they had ever seen, and were very friendly and kind. Due to their isolation, many still maintain a very traditional lifestyle (or as much as one can in an alien environment) and live in traditional stilt houses.
Water buffalos resting.
A mud brick home in a nearby Tay village. Nowhere in Vietnam have I ever seen mud brick homes before--not even at the ethnology museum in Hanoi.
Binh Thuan has been a very active volcanic region. The nearby area pictured here was pummeled by volcanic boulders at some point in the past. This family cleared their field of volcanic rocks in order to plant rice. They used the boulders to create a terraced mount to build their house. Other families use the black rocks to build tall walls.