Head uphill to the famous Heaven’s Gate of Sapa before making your way down the Black Hmong and Red Dao’s village of Ta Phin.
Hop on your jeep and head straight to the highest road point in Vietnam - the Tram Ton Pass. Also known as Heaven’s Gate, the archway offers you a panorama of the breathtaking Sapa surrounding. Before long, the magnificent landscape will come into view: the verdant meadow, the colourful flowers, the spectacular Silver Waterfall surrounded by dense vegetation and views of plantation all around you. Even the description does not do justice to the marvellous view as seen from Heaven’s Gate so be sure to ready your camera to snap one for the road. From Heaven’s Gate, pedal your bicycle and head back to Sapa to start your trip toward Ta Phin Village, home of the Black Hmong and Red Dao.
After a short break at a nearby town, you will cycle your way toward the quaint town of Ta Phin. The path is easy at first but gets tougher as you go. Once you enter the dirt trails, the path takes a turn to challenging so be sure to exercise caution as you go. On the bumpy dirt trail, you will pass through one or two wooden bridges and have the chance to traverse through a narrow stream. Ta Phin will then come into sight after descending downhill towards Lao Cai. This 100-year-old village is home to numerous families of the Black Hmong and Red Dao tribes. Despite sharing the same land for such a long time, the Hmong and Dao still manage to preserve their unique culture and custom, allowing them to remain true to each of their ancestral root.
Ta Phin is most famous for the Red Dao’s meticulous brocade. Almost every tourist coming to the village spares his/her time to purchase a brocade as a souvenir for their friend or family. You may occasionally also encounter Dao women busily weaving brocades or sewing clothes, so feel free to say hi and learn more about their crafts. The Red Dao is also well-known for its herbal bath - a refreshing soak consisting of up to 120 different herbs that are said to boost your health. On the other hand, Hmong women are famous for dying pieces of their clothes in deep dark indigo, just like the colour of the turban they wear. Feel free to ask them anything about their daily routine, culture or custom and they will be more than happy to answer. After the exciting exploration at Ta Phin, settle down for lunch at the local stilted house and recharge your energy. Head back to Sapa after a brief rest by riding your bicycle. Or, if you wish to rest your tired legs, you can also have a car pick you up at the village’s entrance.
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