Fully explore the life of different minority ethnic groups in Sapa as you will be visiting three villages filled with rich culture and tradition: Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van!
Stroll through the busy town of Sapa before entering a footpath leading you through a colourful vegetable garden. Then, exit the town as you will walk along the dirt trail to Muong Hoa valley. Muong Hoa lies to the northeast of Sapa. The oval-shaped valley holds a breathtaking mountainous landscape waiting to be explored by adventure lovers. Stumble upon the ancient stones and Muong Hoa stream of Muong Hoa valley, the two natural sceneries it is very famous for. The ancient stones are scattered in bushes and come in different sizes with strange carvings on them. Many scientists have come to study the stones and the old carvings’ meanings. Muong Hoa stream is downstream of Silver Waterfall, flowing through the villages of Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao, Su Pa, Ta Phin and Ban Ho.
Walking along the glassy gentle stream to its narrow end at the bottom of the valley, you will arrive at Y Linh Ho village. Y Linh Ho stands out gorgeously next to Muong Hoa stream and is surrounded by the tall proud mountains. Come across the unending rice terrace fields that seem as though they are staircases leading up to the mountain’s peak. Vast green corn fields open up in front of you paint another magnificent picture in the village of Y Linh Ho, as well as the rustic cottages of the Black Hmong that inhabit here. Enjoy the picturesque landscape before exiting the village to recharge your lost energy by the calm, shiny Muong Hoa stream. Have a short rest as there are more exciting destinations awaiting.
You will continue on your journey as you walk deeper and deeper into Muong Hoa valley. After a while, Lao Chai village comes into sight. It is another home to the Black Hmong. They live alongside with the Giay, and the two ethnic groups managed to keep their culture unmixed and unique. Black Hmong people and Giay people bear some significance difference: while the Black Hmong make up the majority of Sapa’s ethnic minority population, the Giay only account for 2% of the said population. Moreover, Hmong people dress in deeply indigo-dyed clothes, while the Giay go for more vibrant colours with their dresses. Nevertheless, both of them live off of the land and sale textiles or silver carved jewellery.
Following a small and narrow road, you will arrive at your last stop, which is Ta Van. The residents of the village are the Hmong, Giay, and Red Dao. Just like their fellow ethnic commune, the villagers tend to the rice terrace fields and vast cornfields as well as raising their livestock. Don’t miss the chance to taste the delightful dishes of Ta Van specials such as roast fish of Muong Hum or Muong Khuong’s horse meat. Then, gain more insight into the ethnic group’s life by visiting the local one-store stilted house, with the centre of the house serving as the place of worship for their ancestors and guest reception. Then, bid goodbye to Ta Van as you will be walking to the main road not too far from the village, and head back to the town of Sapa.
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.
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