During your trip to Sa Pa, take the time to visit the village in the beautiful Muong Hoa valley. Some more remote villages for tourists to explore in Sa Pa include Nam Cang, Nam Than, Nam Nhiu… which still preserve cultural traditions, promising to bring you an exciting trip.
Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village is nestled at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain, located in Muong Hoa valley, San Sa Ho commune, more than 2km from Sa Pa town center. This village has been developing tourism for a long time, every year attracting a large number of tourists to visit the sights and experience the interesting lifestyle and culture of the H’mong people.
Wandering in Cat Cat village, tourists can freely buy souvenirs and take virtual photos at Si bridge across Cat Cat waterfall, admire the beauty of water wheel, terraced fields, and Hoa stream…
Sin Chai village
From Cat Cat village, go about 2 km further and you will reach Sin Chai village (or Xin Chai). Although located quite close together, tourism activities in Sin Chai are not as bustling as Cat Cat. This is an ideal place for tourists who do not want to go too far from Sa Pa town, but still want to learn about the simple life of the local Black H’mong people.
The beautiful small wooden-walled houses on the mountainside, with the typical architecture of the H’mong people, will make everyone admire. The entrance to the village is quite small, the road is only wide enough for a motorbike to pass through, but it cannot stop the footsteps of tourists who love to explore.
Lao Chai village
Lao Chai village is about 7 km from Sa Pa town, where the Dao, Giay and H’mong people live. The village is located in an ideal location, leaning against the Hoang Lien Son range, in front of the cool Muong Hoa stream all year round, surrounded by winding terraced fields.
The road to Lao Chai is paved to help visitors move easily. The mountain terrain has many curves and winding slopes. If you travel here by motorbike, you will be able to fully admire the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road and breathe in the fresh air fragrant with the fragrant rice scent.
Ta Van village
From Lao Chai village, go another 3km to Ta Van village, where the Giay people and some other ethnic minorities live. Tourists often combine the Lao Chai – Ta Van tour for two days to three days.
Amidst the open space, Ta Van stretches across the Muong Hoa valley, carrying within itself the peaceful, wild beauty of the mountainous region. The best time to come here is the pouring water season from April to June and the ripening rice season from late August to September.
Tourists can visit cafes, camping spots halfway up the hills or in the middle of terraced fields to see the entire golden season of Sa Pa in Ta Van. In Ta Van, homestay services are very developed. Visitors can stay overnight to watch the sunrise when the sun’s rays shine, or at sunset to watch the villagers harvest and burn straw…
Giang Ta Chai
Giang Ta Chai village is located in Ta Phin commune, Sapa district, halfway up the mountain at an altitude of 1,400 m. Giang Ta Chai is divided into Giang Ta Chai Hmong and Giang Ta Chai Dao. From Sa Pa town, if you want to go to Giang Ta Chai, you have to travel 11 km, passing Lao Chai – Ta Van and the ancient stone beach. There are some parts of the road that are a bit difficult to go, with bumpy gravel and rocks.
The terrain is rugged, the village is surrounded by endemic primeval forest and regenerated forest. That is why this is a place chosen by many foreign tourists for trekking. Tourists will cross winding roads down Muong Hoa valley, or climb towering hills to reach the bamboo forest, conquer mountain…
Ho village is located at the end of Muong Hoa valley, the farthest from Sa Pa town compared to other villages, about 32km. From Giang Ta Chai, go about 23km further to reach Ho village, where the Tay ethnic group lives.
Driving through the majestic winding road to the central village of Den village located right on the main road, visitors will encounter the main road leading down to Ho village. The road down to the village is very steep and zigzag.
The most interesting thing when coming to Ho village is to experience bathing in hot mineral springs along the valley, next to Muong Hoa stream. The hot mineral spring bathing area has been built by a number of households into collective and individual bathing pools.
Ta Phin village
Ta Phin village is located in a valley with four sides of mountains, has a quite large and flat area, about 12 km from Sa Pa town. This is where the Red Dao and H’mong ethnic people live. The interesting thing in Ta Phin is that there are many natural caves that have not been exploited or explored.
Coming to the village, visitors have the opportunity to experience bathing in fresh medicinal leaves, buying brocade, picking strawberries… and enjoying highland specialties. On the way to the village, tourists can visit the ancient Ta Phin monastery, the ruins of which many young people come to check in and take photos.