Top 05 hill-tribe villages you must-see in Sa Pa
1. Cat Cat Village
It is only around 2 km from the centre of Sapa town to Cat Cat Village, the long history village of the Hmong which has retained lots of traditional handcrafts including planting flowers and flex for weaving. Especially, this village keeps preserving various unique customs that cannot be found anywhere else.
By the looms, the Hmong create the colourful brocades describing the grass, flowers, animals and so on. Together with cloth weaving is the process of dying and pattern embroidering in which the popular technique is dying with natural material including leaves, ash of plants. The dyed cloths then are polished by a section of wood on a stone covered with bee wax.
TA woman is selling brocade products in Cat Cat Village.
2. Ta Phin Village
The first destination for tourists coming to Ta Phin is the monastery which serves as a unique ancient architecture in western style, built at the end of 19th century. Up to now, the ancient beauty of the constructions seems to be intact. In the Southeast, the monastery faces the imposing Ham Rong range of mountains located on a majestic terrain with mountains of different shapes and sizes. They seem to create a dragon with a raising head, cover the whole of Sapa.
Keep on the journey on the paved road, tourists shall be coming to the brocade club of the Hmong and the Dao where tourists can admire as much as they can the colours of traditional dresses of these communities.
In addition to brocade club, the local bathing medicine has also been restored and developed. At present, 18 households in Ta Phin are cooperative to set up a company specializing in producing local bathing medicine. Besides, they also build bathrooms to serve tourists’ demand of instant bath.
The ancient monastery in Ta Phin
3. Ta Van Village
Following 4D highway toward the Southeast, you will reach Ta Van Village which is around 8 km from Sapa. this is the place where you can learn about the lifestyle of the Giay. The road leading to Ta Van Village is narrow with the two sides of fertile terraced rice fields in green with young corn and rice.
The main career of the Giay here is rice cultivating. Besides, they also made their own agricultural tools and carve silver. They live in stilt houses or earth houses with the centre sacred compartment for placing alter and receiving guests. The Giay possesses a diverse culture with many kinds of arts including stories, music songs, poems, etc,. Their dresses are so simple with ankle-short and large indigo trousers, brimmed hair with a fabric bag with patterns for women and a round neck shirt with buttons, standing pants with scarf on head for men.
Ta Van Village which is around 8 km from Sapa
4. Ban Ho (Ho Village)
It is warmer and warmer on the winding road with high mountain on one side and valleys in the other from Ta Phin, Ta Van to Ban Ho. The next scenery shall amaze you with the yellow and red of leaves in Hoang Lien Son National Park and the terraced rice fields. Keep moving, we will see an abandoned house on pavement. Next to it, there is a house with brocades, cakes and drinks sold in front. Some foreign tourists sit there for relax. It is Ban Ho.
In this village, tourists will be enjoying a cosy and friendly atmosphere and the diverse flora and fauna at Hoang Lien Son National Park. As the temperature in Ban Ho is slightly higher than in some other villages, you can immerse into Lave Stream after walking from the forest while admiring the imposing waterfall of Da Nhay.
The breath-taking rice-terraces in Ban Ho Village.
5. Sin Chai Village
Sin Chai Village in San Sa Ho commute, around 4km from the centre of Sa Pa is not a touristy place, so the pristine beauty of a mountainous seems to be intact. This is the home of the Black Hmong with the population of about 1400 people. Beside the work of wet rice and corn cultivation, the locals here also choose the gently slope hills to plan cardamom which earns these people not a small amount of money.
Sin Chai is one of the villages in Ta Giang Phinh commute at the north pole of Sapa district. Among 127 households with 624 people, there are a lot of elderly people, especially women. Tourists coming here are often curious about their secret of being long lasting and why women are often live longer than men. The answers of the locals are just because of gene, clean atmosphere, fresh water and vegetable.
The children with peaceful life in Sin Chai village.