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-The ethnic minorities of Vietnam are spread throughout the highland areas in the north and centre of the country. The old French hill station of Sapa is the gateway to the northwest and the most popular place in the country to encounter the Montagnards. Most famous for Black H'mong and Red Dzao villages, it is also within striking distance of the colourful Flower H'mong markets around Bac Ha . Homestays with minority families are a rewarding experience and Mai Chau is famous for the warm welcome of the White Thai people. Other centres in the northwest also offer opportunities for ethnic minority encounters, including Ha Giang and Lai Chau. Further east, the province of Cao Bang is a less travelled region with several minorities, including the H'mong, the Nung and the Tay. Lang Son also provides a home to these minority groups, but sees fewer tourists still
Down in the Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot , Dalat , Kon Tum and Pleiku are useful bases to meet the Bahnar, Jarai and Sedang. However, most families here have forsaken their traditional costume, so meet-the-minorities tourism has less pulling power than in the north.
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