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Javouhey is the second Hmong settlement village in French Guiana, with the largest Hmong population at around 1200, in the commune of Mana.
There are two primary schools, the new one just completed in 2006, a Catholic church, and the biggest Protestant church in French Guiana. There are three family owned stores, one with a gas station. One tour guide up river, owned by Mr. Lee Xiong, to a very eco-friendly forest tour and you can rent bike at the Poste to bike around the village. There is a Sunday market, where foods, souvenirs, and Hmong crafts can be purchase. In comparison to the Hmong villages in French Guiana; Javouhey is more so a traditional Hmong-Laos village, while Cacao - a more Hmong-French village. The contrast is in the area of lifestyle; clothing, home, and practice of tradition. Parking is available on the right side of the road as you enter the village.
The best time to visit Javouhey is during the week of Christmas, where the Hmong New Year's festival is held during the hot and dry season. Hmong are very friendly in Javouhey (as well as Cacao), there is nothing wrong with asking to use a washroom, because there are limited accommodations anywhere around. There is less accommodation in Javouhey compared to Cacao, but Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni is only 20 minutes away. There is a French-owned Bungolow hotels a few minutes outside of Javouhey with minimum accommodation. Javouhey is about one square mile in size. Visiting Javouhey or Cacao, and for that matter, visiting French Guiana, one must have an adventurous mentality. If you are not in French Guiana because of the European Space Centre, you will find that most everything else is outdoors and jungles.
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