Traverse to Mong Sen and Ta Phin, and come across the beautiful preserved tradition and culture of the Black Hmong and the Red Dao
Travel 13 kilometres by car to a village lying 800 meters above sea level. Mong Sen, home to over 400 Hmong, is the first stop of your journey. Since the car doesn’t take you directly to the very entrance of the village, you will have to walk up a dirt trail that leads to the village. The route leading to Mong Sen is a little challenging, and even slippery during rainy weather, but take this chance to fully experience the way of life in the mountainous area of Lao Cai: traveling everyday through difficult paths, even carrying heavy belongings, through these very roads as part of the daily routine of their life. Moreover, strolling allows you to entirely enjoy and appreciate the stunning landscape. Surrounded by thick grasses, green bushes and tall proud trees; the warm yellow rice terrace and vast cornfields might be plain but altogether paint a magnificent, unforgettable portrait of Mong Sen.
The Black Hmong living in Mong Sen were initially shy when meeting tourists, yet, as time passed by, they have gotten used to it and are now friendlier and more open to strangers coming to their village. Come across Hmong women who are busy weaving and sewing articles of clothing for their families and even for themselves. Then, stumble upon other younger boys or girls who are busy grinding rice using water wheels. Later, visit the place where Hmong traditions are preserved and religious beliefs are expressed: their very own house. Feel free to ask the villagers more questions about their houses, lifestyle or daily routine if you still have some questions. Next, stop at the school village to gain more insight into the education of Mong Sen children. Maybe what will catch most of your attention will be the minimum and simple facilities of the school.
Have a delightful lunch to recharge your energy after traversing the rustic but beautiful Mong Sen. Have a short rest before continuing on your trek to Ta Phin. When arriving at the village, you will encounter the Black Hmong and the Red Dao living alongside one another. However, their culture remains unmixed and unique. Black Hmong women usually wear dark coloured headscarves with simple patterns, while Red Dao women usually wear a red headscarf. Black Hmong women are famous for their indigo-dyed pieces of cloth, while Red Dao is well-known for their herb bath. There will be more stories told regarding the difference and similarity in their culture, tradition and lifestyle when you come to the village. Those fascinating stories will wrap up your journey as you will exit the village to the main road and head back to Sapa.
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