Yen Minh

Yen Minh
Hill tribe women in Yen Minh
Yen Minh, Vietnam
Hill tribe women in Yen Minh

Yen Minh is a small dusty town between Quan Ba and Dong Van and runs the length of a valley which also makes it particularly long and narrow.  In fact the town in most parts is only one block wide.  A lot of people making the run to Dong Van pass right through Yen Minh without ever knowing it’s name but it is an interesting little farm town surrounded by hill tribe communities bringing produce to be sold in the markets.  There is a small market located in the middle of town and a local government building strategically located on top of the only hill in town.  Walking down the quiet side streets it is also possible to see wood workers and carpenters carving furniture to be sent to Hanoi.  It is also highly unlikely to cross paths with any other travelers in this town.

Yen Minh, Vietnam
Downtown Yen Minh
Yen Minh, Vietnam
Carpenters in Yen Minh

There are a few hotels clustered together in the city center as well as pho and fried rice restaurants.  Hill tribe people become more prevalent in this town and are usually dressed in brighter colors than typical Vietnamese.  They will often be carrying hand woven baskets on their backs filled with either produce, livestock, and even their kids.  Each hill tribe has unique patterns and colors they wear to indicate which tribe they’re from.  Usually they’re on foot and hike into the larger villages especially during market days.

Yen Minh, Vietnam
Fried rice and pho
Yen Minh, Vietnam
Yen Minh Market