Ten hamlet in Thai Nguyen province used to be extremely poor. The
roads leading to the hamlet were tortuous and steep and the locals lived below
the poverty line. But now, thanks to the government’s help, it has become an
attractive destination to tourists interested in exploring the Mong culture.
Ten hamlet is 1,200 meters above sea level. It is in the highest, least
accessible area of Thai Nguyen province.
A field of buckwheat flowers at the hamlet’s center welcomes visitors. Nguyen
Van Vi, a visitor from Ha Noi, said, “The culture in Ten hamlet is very special.
Before the visit, we knew very little about the customs of the Mong people. Here
I’ve learned lots of very interesting things.”
Visitors to Ten hamlet enjoy listening to the panpipe, a typical part of the
Pham Quang Linh, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Hy District,
said, “The Mong ethnic heritage needs to be preserved. We intend to teach the
younger generation our panpipe melodies so they can preserve this heritage.”
Another attraction of Ten hamlet is its food. At this year’s Mong culture and
sports festival, the Mong hamlets cooked “mèn mén”, steamed minced corn, and
“thắng cố”, a dish made from horse meat and organs.
Ly Van Mung, a resident of Ten hamlet, said once you try it, you will never
“All dishes are prepared and cooked hygienically for tourists. After tasting the
food, all of them agree that the dishes are delicious,” Mung said.
During their festival, the locals play folk games like top spinning and
The festival is seen as a way to improve living conditions in these mountain
Linh said Dong Hy District has more than 500 Mong families with more than 2,700
people who are determined to preserve their traditional culture.
“Over the years, we have changed the face of Dong Hy District and Van Lang
Commune. Roads have been built that lead directly to the hamlet. Ten hamlet has
also been connected to the electric power grid,” said Linh.