Cycle down to the peaceful and lively village of Ma Tra and Ta Phin as you explore the mysterious Ta Phin monastery along the way.
Leave the bustling town of Sapa behind as you get your wheels dirty and head straight to Ma Tra Village. Before long, you will exit the asphalt of Sapa roads and enter the bumpy dirt tracks of the rural area. Your first checkpoint will be a wooden bridge where a primary school is located on the other side of said bridge. During the weekdays (and simultaneously school days), you will have the chance to take a closer look at the school and experience just how local education is conducted.
While it may not have the fanciest and contemporary amenities, the simple school setting is more than enough to educate the local children and allow them to mingle with one another. After getting back on the road, you will arrive at Ma Tra village just about 5 kilometres to the eastside of Sapa. Stretching as wide as 12 kilometres, Ma Tra is home to the Hmong and Red Dao tribes where they sustain themselves by delving deep into the work of arts and crafts: weaving brocade or silk, carving farming tools and ensuring their daily needs are met time and again. However, as time passes and tourism grows, women have also learnt to capitalize on the growing regional enthusiasm and pick up on cloth decoration techniques for the visitors.
Then, continue cycling as you make your way to Ta Phin Village. Another home to the Black Hmong and Red Dao, the union of the two in the same village still allows them to preserve the uniqueness of their culture and custom. For instance, while Hmong women wear a blue turban, Dao women wear red headgear as an alternative. Not just differences, they also share some commonalities within their cultural practices - both are well-known for their brocade weaving techniques and focus on tending to their fields to make a living. Once you are satisfied with finding out about the residents’ daily lives, head to Ta Phin monastery and lay witness to a piece of history.
The monastery used to be home to 12 religious Catholic sisters who were deported from Japan. It is said that the nuns were deeply involved with the agricultural activities of the village, introducing different species of plants to the locals. Later, however, the security of the region became too unstable and the nuns were forced to move away. The construction of the monastery was never completed and it had been abandoned since. Today, the towering landmark is surrounded by thick vegetation and red moss on the wall. While it may sound eerie, the view itself is actually a great attracting factor for tourists lurking around the area so be sure to ready your camera to snap one for the memory. Afterwards, you will finally conclude your tour and come on board the touring car which will bring you back home to Sapa.
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