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Posted on: 13/08/2012 - Viewed: 2652
 

Cat Cat village in Sapa

Hình ảnh Đường vào bản Cát CátLocation: Cat Cat Village is 2km from Sapa Townlet, Sapa District.
Characteristics: This is an age-old village of H’Mong ethnic group remaining unique customs and practices that are lots in other villages.

Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs.

A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.

In addition to the brocade weaving craft, many residents in Cat Cat are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated, especially jewelry for women.

Tourists to Cat Cat are most attracted by its unique customs, including the custom of “pulling wife”. A man can ask his friends to lure a girl he likes to his house and keeps her there in three days. During these days, if the girl agrees to become his wife, a wedding will be held. However, the girl can happily go home after three days if she does not like him.

Traditional houses of H’Mong people in Cat Cat have three rooms with three doors and covered with po mu wood roof. In the house there are three columns that stand in round or square stones. The walls are made from sawn timber. The main door is always closed and only opens when people in the house organize important events. Altar, inlaid floor containing food, places for sleeping, kitchen and receiving guests are indispensable parts of the houses.

Taphin village in Sapa

Ta Phin is a picturesque thirty minute drive North of Sapa. Set within a valley with a towering mountain peak at one end, this village is alive with the daily life of the Kinh, Red Dao and Black Hmong people.

The valley floor is layered with rice paddies and dotted with 20 small home communes. Above them are some smaller communes and a patchwork of corn and vegetable fields.

Lao Chai village in Sapa

Lao Chai is a village of black H’Mong ethnic group.

Located 7 Kms from Sapa, it is quite approachable from Sapa for a travllers who do not have much time.In this village which you will have a welcome feeling  at any house of the hospitable people there.

You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs.

Ta Van village in sapa

Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colourful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups.

A stay with one of the farmer families here will give you a close-up experience of the life-style and culture typical of the area. Trekking in the surrounding area is most satisfying, including access to a 3-day route up Mount Fan Si Pan, to the highest point in Indo-China, at 3,143 m.

A picturesque hamlet surrounded by terraced rice fields, Ta Van Day has become a new tourist attraction in Sa Pa. The name originated because it is home primarily to Day ethnic people who have been living together since long with amity and unity. So far, this is the sole hamlet in the commune of Ta Van providing homestay facilities.  A stay with local families will help you get to know about rural village life in the North-West of Vietnam as well as enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a Day peasant family.

Just a short distance from Sa Pa, the atmosphere in Ta Van quite different. It is not active, without luxurious hotels, restaurants, and high-rise buildings. Simply, it is a quiet place for relaxation and isolation from daily busy life. You will stay in brick-roofed houses with earth floor on the mountainsides amidst terraced rice fields and primitive scenery. Yet so peaceful that you feel you are in quite different world. Perhaps, that is why visitors are especially interested in this destination. Not only you can admire the beautiful landscape, but you also can live the daily life of Day people during your stay at their homes. Again, you can feel relaxed, the peace of mind and have affection for the hospitality, warm reception and sincerity of the locals

Ban Ho village in Sapa

This vilalge is populated by the Tay minority. They were very welcoming and friendly towards people. Ban Ho Village, home to the Tay minorities and perhaps the most picturesque of the whole Challenge.

Situated alongside a turquoise fast flowing stream, it will be possible to take a little rest from a trek on one of the large boulders at the streams edge. You can also take a little time to explore this village before pushing on over the suspension bridge and trekking through ride fields to the Red Dao village of Nam Toong.

Ham Rong mountain in Sapa

Location: In center of Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province; 33km from Lao Cai City.
Characteristics: Ham Rong Mountain is an attractive tourist area in the center of Sapa Townlet.
Legend has it that in the distance past, all animals lived together in a chaotic environment. One day, Jade Emperor gave an order that every species of animal had to find for them an area to live. Having heard the order, they scrambled for a place to reside.

The three brothers of dragon who were living in a large lake hurriedly ran to the east but could not find any place; they then ran to the west. The two older brothers ran fast and came to the destination first. The youngest brother ran slowly and strayed into the crowds of lions, tigers and big cats. Fearing that these animals would attack it, the dragon opened its mouth to defense itself. At that time, the order of Jade Emperor was no longer available, so the three dragons petrified. The two older dragons, which were waiting for their brother, face Lao Cai City, and the youngest one raising its head and opening mouth faces the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. So the mountain is named Ham Rong (Jaw of Dragon). Visitors to Ham Rong have chances to climb up the San May (Cloud Yard) to enjoy the panorama of Sapa Townlet, visit the orchid gardens with beautiful and colorful flowers. In addition, Ham Rong Mountain has numerous caves and stones in extraordinary shapes. 

 
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