A rare feature in Sapa is the large concentration of different ethnic groups in a relatively small space. Therefore, whenever making Sapa tours, visitors can not miss the experience of discovering these 5 villages.
1. Cat Cat village
From the center of Sapa town to Cat Cat village is only 2km. This is the ancient Mongolian village preserving many traditional crafts such as flowering, linen weaving and fabricating jewelry. In particular, this place still retains a lot of unique customs that don’t exist, or no longer exist in other areas.
Cat Cat village
Through the weaving looms, the Mong people create colorful brocades and motifs such as mimic plants, flowers, birds, etc.
2. Ta Phin village
The first stop of visitors to Ta Phin is visiting the monastery, a unique architectural style in the Western style which was built in the late 19th century, still retains the charm of ancient traits. Looking to the southeast, opposite to the monastery is Ham Rong Mountain with majestic beauty created by the imposing landscapes with rocks in various shapes. Once coming to this land, you will feel like being lost in a fairy world, with the magnificent scenery that if not coming and witnessing, you won’t be able to believe that there can be such place like this in real life.
Ta Phin village
At present, in Ta Phin village, there are 18 Dao households contributing their money together to establish a company specializing in handicraft producing and trading local bath products. In addition, they also build bathrooms for guests to bathe on the spot.
3. Ta Van village
Along Highway 4D to the southeast, it’s about 8 km from Sapa town to Ta Van village. Coming here, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle of the Giay. The road to Ta Van village is small, narrow and is a dirt road. The two sides of the road are fertile terraced fields adorned with green corn and young rice.
Ta Van village
Giay’s main job is growing rice. In addition, they can produce their own silverware and tools. They live both on the stilted floor and the ground floor, and the center of the house is considered as a dignified place, where ancestral altars are put. Giay people have a rich culture with ancient tales, poetry, proverbs, quizzes, and knives.
4. Ban Ho village
Not too cold as in Ta Phin or Ta Van, the weather is quite warm in Ban Ho. To get to Ban Ho, the car can run on a winding road, with one side is high mountain and the other side is hollow abyss.
Ban Ho village
On the way to Ban Ho, you will see the light yellow with a bit of reddish-brown leaves of Hoang Lien national forest and terraces. Going a bit more and you will find a house built in stone deserted along the roadside, next to it is another house with the front displayed with brocade, candy, drinks,…
5. Sin Chai village
Sin Chai is one of seven villages in Ta Giang Phinh Commune, located in the northernmost tip of Sapa District. In 127 H’mong families, there are many elderly people, especially women.
Sin Chai village
At this point, visitors are often curious about the longevity of the villagers, especially because the women here live longer than men but the people here are only explained by genetic gene, due to the fresh climate, pure water, vegetables are not infected with chemicals by living between nature wrapped around the year.