Sapa is a mountainous town in the northwest of Vietnam. It is well-known for its strikingly beautiful landscapes and a lot of ethnic villages. Besides, it owns a lot of mysterious stories which creates curiosity and motivates more and more tourists to visit this cloudy land. Now, let’s discover Ta Phin Cave – an unpopular place but worth a visit in your Sapa tours.
1/ The location
About 12 kilometers to the northeast of Sapa Town, there is an imposing limestone mountain belonging to Hoang Lien Son Mountain. On which, there is a cave named Ta Phin. This name derives from the fact that it is located in Ta Phin Village, where is the place of residence of most Dao and H’mong people in Sapa.
2/ The characteristics
Ta Phin Cave is quite small with about 5 meters in height and about 3 meters in width. Its entrance is the way leading to an underground path. Going about 30 meters in this way, from this position, the cave is divided into a lot of directions which are only suitable for one person. Besides, there are so many cliffy parts demanding you to climb to move to another position. Following these small walls, you will see more and more paths. Even there are some twisty paths to go but they are finally back to their original locations.
Going along some cliffs, you will clearly feel that the paths are more and more zigzag creating a variety of shapes such as a woman holding her baby, a fairy bathing in the stream, a giant tray of steamed sticky rice or some smooth white columns of the house. As the reviews from those who have visited Ta Phin Cave in Sapa Vietnam tours, the most beautiful place is deep in the cave. It is considered to be the largest place in Ta Phin Cave because its dome is over 8 meters in height. In particular, there are a lot of stalactites hanging down and knitting together without any arrangement. Thus, people compare it as a spider web with a brilliant color.
3/ The significance
Although Ta Phin Cave has not been a famous tourist destination in Sapa tours, it always attracts a lot of tourists who are curious to explore the mystery of nature in a northwestern land in Vietnam tours. If you continue going deeper into the cave, you will encounter a big sloping stone. On the surface, it has some footprints of chickens and horses. Especially, the opposite cliff was engraved with some French inscriptions. Despite a long time, these words are still visible for us to read. This is believed to be an archaeological evidence to research the history of Sapa.
To sum up, Ta Phin Cave is still very mysterious to all of us. This is a place owning so many archaeological values for research. Therefore, it needs to be preserved and protected carefully.