Photographer's Note

Muang Sing is situated in a remote mountainous northern Laos and only about 10km away from the Chinese border. Once a thriving opium market in the Golden Triangle and home to ten different ethnic groups, and each has its own typical cultural features.

Characterized by colorful head-scarves and tight-fitting shirts adorned with silver buttons, Tai Dam women are easily identified. They are believed to originate in south west Yunnan and to have begun migrating to the Luang Namtha and Muang Sing regions in the late 19th century and they differ from many other groups in that they are not Buddhist, instead they practice a form of ancestor and spirit worship.

This quick grab of a charming Tai Dam woman, a colorful and flamboyant ethnic minority, is taken at the vibrant Muang Sing crowded ethnic market, a meeting place of various ethnic minorities from the region. As everywhere in the parts of Laos I visited, I found the people incredibly friendly and hospitable.

The warmest smiles imaginable of this humble woman really touched me...

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