Best villages in Sa Pa to visit
Sapa in Vietnam’s North-West is a wonderfully scenic area of mountains and valleys, terraced rice fields and a rapidly growing tourist sector. It is home to many of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority tribes who live in tiny villages, away from the hustle and bustle of city living. Now, let’s take a look at some of the best places to visit in Sapa, where witness a way of life unchanged for generations.
Giang Ta Chai village
Giang Ta Chai village is home to the Red Dzao, the second biggest minority group in Sapa. They wear plain black trousers and a long black tunic with embroidered cuffs and lapels. Tourists, who visit here, not only have chance to discover the daily life and culture’s characteristics but also experience an amazing 18-km trek through the terraced rice paddies, bamboo forests and a stunning waterfall.
Supan village is a mountainous commune since it perches on the mountain. Being a part of the highland on the east side of the main road, it is about 17 kilometers far from Sapa town. With four small hamlets, Supan is the home to the Black H’mong and the Red Zao.
Ma Tra village
Ma Tra village is home to the H’mong and Red Zao. Tourists can enjoy the panorama of the whole valley, stretching about 12 kilometers with some low hills in the middle to divide the valley into two parts.
Y Linh Ho village
Y Linh Ho is a small commune. It consists of a dozen of small hamlets, scattering on the very tough mountain terrain with high and steep mountains. This village is home to the Black H’Mong, who wears very dark clothing in black and navy blue dyed with indigo (often seen on the hands of H’Mong old women). Coming to Y Linh Ho village, travelers will get a chance of going along the beautiful valley lying among mountains. The fresh air in the highland of Vietnam is really great to take a walk.
Thanh Phu village
Lying on the southern edge of Sapa, about 35 kilometers from the town, Thanh Phu, Nam Sai and Nam Cang are among the most remote villages in Sa Pa. This is home to the Tay group, one of the earliest known minorities in Vietnam.
Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village is only 2 kilometers from the center of Sapa. Being the oldest village of the Black Hmong, this is a lovely place to visit. Traditional crafts like linen weaving, jewelry making and floristry are still widely practiced here.
Ta Van village
Ta Van lies just 8 kilometers from the southeast of Sapa town. The village is home to the Giay ethnic group, who can make beautiful silver.
This is an ideal place to visit with very friendly people.
Ta Phin village
While there are some H’mong people living, Ta Phin village is mainly home to the Red Dao (pronounced Yao). There is a brocade club here, where women work together to make their beautiful costumes. Close-by is a unique monastery with Western style, built in the 19th century. Taking an herbal bath, which uses large wooden barrels, is very popular to tourists when visiting this village.
Ban Pho village
Only a 15-minute ride from Bac Ha Town, tourists will find Ban Pho, a very beautiful village of Black and Flower Hmong.
The best time to visit here is around February and March, when all the local flowers are blooming.
Sin Chai village
Being a part of San Sa Ho Commune, Sin Chai is only 4 kilometers from Sapa town. This village is home to around 1400 Black Hmong people. Not being well-known as some other villages, Sin Chai is somewhat unspoiled. The healthy lifestyle as well as the fresh air means that there are many old people living here.
Ban Ho village
This place is well-known for overnight home-stay in stilt houses. The overriding experience is the warmth of people. Travelers visiting Ban Ho can experience daily life with Tay ethnic families, who are very friendly and hospitable.
In addition, tourists can take a swim in the local waterfalls and enjoy the slightly warmer weather here.
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