Sapa is among the three most visited places in northern Vietnam. It is a wonderful area of terraced rice fields, valleys and mountains. Every year, it attracts a large number of people who love hiking and discovering majestic scenery. Sapa is a home of Vietnamese ethnic minority tribes who live in tiny villages, away from the hustle and bustle of city living. However, there are villages that tourists do not know. Let’s take a look at top 10 villages in Sapa you must come.
1. Cat Cat Village
About 2 km from the town of Sapa, Cat Cat oldest village of the Black Hmong people. The road leading to the village is an amazing route for trekking. The hike through the mountain will give you the wonderful picture of water fall, rice paddies or even water buffaloes grazing leisurely. However, you need to buy a ticket when you want to go into the village.
Cat Cat Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
Coming to Cat Cat Village, you will have a good chance for you to have a glimpse into the daily life of local ethnic people, as well as take part in traditional activities such as weaving fabric. You can see children playing around with pets or even livestock while women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade.
2. Ta Van Village
Lying peacefully in the valley of Muong Hoa, Ta Van Village is home to H’Mong ethnic, Giay, and Red Dao… with approximately 1000 people. The road leads to Ta Van village is small and narrow. However, you can see a fertile terraced field which adorns by the green of rice and corn along two sides. Coming to Ta Van Village, you amazed at the simple beauty of ethnic houses. You can also try some special dishes of ethnic such as horse meat of Muong Khuong, roast fish of Muong Hum, sticky rice of Van Ban… and join in some festivals or folk games.
Ta Van Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
3. Ban Ho Village
Located about 20 km from the town of Sapa, Ban Ho Village is divided into three areas: Hoang Lien, Ta Trung Ho and Xeo Trung Ho, which is place of the Tay, Mong, Dao. The Muong Hoa River winds its way around the village provide fresh water for 2 crops of bean and rice every year. It also makes the scenery of the valley more romantic and majestic.
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Ban Ho Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
Coming to Ban Ho Village, you can see spectacular waterfalls, go swimming in cold water stream or hot water pool, find out traditional weave fabric, make brocade… and join in community activities. There is an opportunity for homestay in the village, you will be living in the cozy ambiance and friendly family.
4. Sin Chai Village
Being a part of San Sa Ho Commune, Sin Chai Village is home to around 1400 Black Hmong people. The road from this village leads to Fansipan – the highest mountain in Vietnam. Sin Chai Village is not as well known as some of the other villages so it is somewhat unspoiled.
Sin Chai Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
5. Ta Phin Village
Although Sapa has been familiar with travelers, Ta Phin Village is still a new name. Located 12 km from the town of Sapa, a Phin is a village of Red Dao and Black Hmong ethnic group possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life. It’s very lucky if you have chance to participate in a Red Dao’s wedding, seeing how carefully they prepare and many complicated customs for this special occasion. There are also several local festivals that will help you understand more about the simple but happy and amiable life of ethnic people like oath-taking ceremony, greeting for the new house, dancing festival. Some of the locals may invite you to go to their homes to show how they live, what they have and tell you about their families.
Ta Phin Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
6. Y Linh Ho Village
Coming to Y Linh Ho Village, you will go along such a beautiful valley lying between mountains.The fresh air in the highland is really great for trekking. This is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the mountain. Y Linh Ho Village is home to the Black Mong. You can visit the H’mong people living in their wooden and bamboo houses.
Y Linh Ho Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
7. Supan Village
Supan Village Sapa is a mountainous commune. This village is one of the poorest communes in Sapa due to the thin and poor soil (2/3 of mountainous land). Because of unfavorable land conditions, it’s difficult to cultivate rice but corn and some other kinds of staple food. However, these corn terraces are exotic and impressive spot for tourists coming and enjoying. It is interesting that you will not see any commercialization in Supan Village. It means the spot owns its pristinely natural beauty and attractions.
Supan Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
Coming to Supan Village, you can communicate with the people here to explore their culture and lifestyle. You will have chance to see villagers who are in simple brocade clothes are working on their terraced fields but always with their friendly and optimistic smiles.
8. Ban Pho Village
Ban Pho Village is a village of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. Going to Ban Pho Village, you can enjoy the wonderful sightseeing of Bac Ha Highland. In addition, you will be attracted by specialties of ethnic people like “thang co” – a mixture of all parts of horses, pig, buffalo and corn wine. The best time to visit Ban Pho Village is in spring (February and March). At that time, the plum flower bloom everywhere so you can enjoy beautiful scenery.
Ban Pho Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
Ban Pho village is famous ancient populations of Mongolia Bac Ha.Coming to Ban Pho village is your chance to see what a real Montagnard village looks like. The villagers live simply so don’t expect bright lights and loud music or even electricity.
9. Giang Ta Chai Village
Giang Ta Chai Village in Sapa in Vietnam is one of the famous travel destinations for trekking in Vietnam. It gives hikers interesting trekking paths through bamboo forest. You can also trek through rice fields, crossing suspension bridge to the other side of the river. From Giang Ta Chai Village, you can choose to take adventure trekking route up to the mountain to Su Pan Village.
Giang Ta Chai Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
10. Lao Chai Village
Lao Chai Village where the black H’mong people are living is the beginning Muong Hoa valley. From a high point of the main road, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river. Coming to Lao Chai Village, you can enjoy the fresh air, see terraced fields, stream, visit and discover rich culture Hmong ethnic group. People here are quite hospitable so you will have a welcome feeling. You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs.
Lao Chai Village – Top 10 villages in Sapa
Take a bus or catch an overnight train from Hanoi to go through the glorious countryside and head out to one of Vietnam’s prettiest areas. The majestic sceneries and hospitable people will satisfy you. Let’s discover Sapa in your own way. Vietwind is pleased to become your companion!