Fully marvel the spectacular beauty of Sapa’s mountainous landscapes through the trek to Ma Tra and Ta Phin!
Ma Tra is about 5 kilometres to the east of Sapa, and the village stretches as wide as 12 kilometres in the oval-shaped valley. Trekking along with the adventurous route of Sapa is a must if you come to this famous mountainous town, and Ma Tra is definitely a destination you should not miss out. The trip begins at the busy Sapa. From there, you will walk through the colourful gardens and lush pine forests, entering the risky high hill path to the upland village. The route is considered “attractive” for most adventure lovers, though you can always easily travel to Ma Tra using the 15 kilometres road built 10 years ago. However, nothing beats the excitement of hiking up those tough trails and the stunning panoramic view of the valley coming into sight when you reaching the desired destination.
Ma Tra is home to about 50 families of the Black Hmong and Red Dao. Upon arriving at Ma Tra, the 12 kilometres of spectacular picturesque mountainous beauty comes into sight: the endless green corn fields, the vast lush rice terrace fields and hard-working villagers in their colourful traditional articles of clothing. Fully marvel the beauty of the small quiet Ma Tra as you will come across Hmong women busily dyeing their cloth into a deep indigo colour. Therefore, the colour usually leaves a visible trace on the women’s hands, though they don’t seem to mind it that much. In contrast to the dark-coloured clothes of the Hmong, Red Dao traditional costumes hold more bright and vibrant colours, as their headscarf is bright red. You will have little difficulty in telling the two ethnic groups apart. Come and see a local school village when strolling through the village. Perhaps, the simple classrooms with minimum facilities are going to leave the most impressive to you.
Regenerate yourself with a simple meal and have a short rest before you hit the roads again. Follow the tricky dirt trail to Ta Phin village. Just like many other villages of Sapa, the beauty of Ta Phin natural landscape is stunning. It lies between the mountains, the thick bushes, grass and tall proud trees are backgrounds to the Red Dao and Black Hmong doing their daily routine. Terrace fields seem to make their way into the villagers house, and during Autumn, it seems to warmly lit up the whole valley. Ta Phin is especially well-known for the Red Dao’s meticulous and sophisticated brocade. Almost every tourist wouldn’t miss the chance to buy them as a souvenir for their loved ones. Then, proceed to Ta Phin caves. The entrance to the cave is about 5 meters tall and 3 meters tall. As you continue to walk in deeper to the caves, the path gets tougher, you even have to climb the your way up and down at some turns. The stalactite of the cave is gorgeous, holding on the ceiling like a snake and celadon-colored. The caves of Ta Phin are mysterious are carefully preserved by the locals. Wrap up your exciting journey after visiting the villagers stilted house and hearing stories about their rich cultures.
Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up locations that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.
List of Locations:
Pick up is also available for other locations under the vicinity of Sa Pa. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.
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