(Hmong, known in Thailand as Meo, in Vietnam as Hmong, Mieu Toc, Meo or Man Trang and Miao in China)
There are two major branches of the Hmong (or Meo as they are called by the Thai) in Thailand - the Hmong Deaw (White Hmong) and the Mong Njua (literally Green Mong but commonly called the Blue Hmong). Both are sub-groups of the Miao people, the majority of whom live in China. There have been periodic migrations from China. By the end of the 19th century several Hmong villages had been established in Thailand. The photos here were taken in December 1988 in the north of Thailand. A few were shot in Mae Hong Son province and the remainder near Chiang Mai at two villages - one on Doi Suthep and the other on the road between Chiang Mai and Fang.
See the Red Hmong, Vietnam Photo gallery for photos of a closely related group in Vietnam.
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