Pictures of Vietnam: Springtime in Moc Chau

Photographer Anhtuan85 captures the stunning natural beauty and simple way of life in Vietnam’s northwestern highlands.

As the chill of winter begins to dissipate, springtime announces itself on the sunlit hills of Moc Chau; this is the most beautiful time of year in northwestern Vietnam. The plum trees are in full bloom, their shock of white petals adding a burst of colour to the surrounding hills and valleys. Children with red cheeks welcome the sunny weather.

In local villages, home to the country’s H’mong ethnic minority, men celebrate the arrival of the new season; mothers set off for work, babies strapped to their backs with reams of embroidered fabric; and brightly hued dresses marked with the intricate traditional patterns of the H’mong dry in the front yard. Set against the incredible backdrop of unspoiled mountains and blossoming trees, springtime in Moc Chau is a peaceful affair.

After a long day of work, local women return home. Collecting firewood is a typical job in Moc Chau

After a long day of work, local women return home. Collecting firewood is a typical job in Moc Chau

The journey home sees these women pass by stunning landscapes in the highlands

The journey home sees these women pass by stunning landscapes in the highlands

Moc Chau’s plum trees blossom every spring. A young woman walks through a field of plum blossoms

Moc Chau’s plum trees blossom every spring. A young woman walks through a field of plum blossoms

The afternoon sun lights up Hang Kia Valley, east of Moc Chau town

The afternoon sun lights up Hang Kia Valley, east of Moc Chau town

A girl with rosy cheeks basking in the warm morning sunlight

A girl with rosy cheeks basking in the warm morning sunlight

Local kids enjoying simple activities like climbing trees

Local kids enjoying simple activities like climbing trees

A boy engrossed in the process of creating a makeshift swing

A boy engrossed in the process of creating a makeshift swing

Moc Chau children playing on a makeshift swing

Moc Chau children playing on a makeshift swing

An adventurous local girl climbing on top of a boar while her friends look over

An adventurous local girl climbing on top of a boar while her friends look over

Young boys take turns in spinning tops, a popular children’s game in Moc Chau

Young boys take turns in spinning tops, a popular children’s game in Moc Chau

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