Visit 7 Beautiful Villages in Sapa That Captivate Travelers’ Souls

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Visit 7 Beautiful Villages in Sapa That Captivate Travelers’ Souls

The villages in Sapa are an essential highlight of Sapa tourism. Within these villages, travelers can always discover breathtaking natural scenery and witness the rustic and challenging way of life of the local people. Whether you’re unsure of where to go when visiting Sapa or simply seeking tranquility away from the bustling urban life, the Sapa villages are the perfect escape for you.

Cat Cat Village

Located about 2 km from the center of Sapa and nestled under the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Cat Cat Village has been the long-standing home of the H’Mong ethnic community, preserving its pristine and rustic charm. It is the most famous village in Sapa, attracting numerous tourists. When visiting Cat Cat, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating lifestyle and culture of the H’Mong people.

The untouched and majestic nature of Cat Cat Village will mesmerize you from the first glance. Wandering around Cat Cat, you will come across small houses nestled against the mountainside, men working in the fields, women weaving fabrics beside looms, and playful children. A day spent exploring Cat Cat will bring you joy and a deeper understanding of life in the highlands.

Sin Chai Village

About 2 km from Cat Cat Village lies Sin Chai, relatively untouched and quiet, unlike some other touristy villages. Sin Chai provides travelers with a close connection to the mountainous nature. It is the perfect place to observe and understand the life of the local Black H’Mong people.

The characteristic wooden houses of the H’Mong people are located right along the small road that stretches from one end of the village to the other. If you visit Sin Chai between September and November, you’ll witness the breathtaking terraced fields sprawling beneath the Hoang Lien Son Mountains. Foreign tourists often choose to trek to Sin Chai alongside the local people to learn more about the area through their stories.

Ta Phin Village

Ta Phin is the residence of the Red Dao and H’Mong ethnic groups, located about 12 km away from the center of Sapa. This village is a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers who seek the pristine and magnificent beauty of the region. Ta Phin offers a sense of peace and tranquility amidst the mountainous surroundings. It is also home to many natural caves with mysterious rock formations and shining mineral rocks.

Ta Phin is mainly inhabited by Dao and H’Mong people, and a visit here will introduce you to their unique cultures, festivals, and traditions through their daily activities. Today, Ta Phin is one of the prominent homestay tourism villages. It is famous for its “Red Dao herbal bath,” which has become a well-known specialty in the region. During your stay in Ta Phin, you can experience the herbal bath, purchase local handicrafts, and indulge in the highland’s specialties.

Lao Chai Village

Approximately 9 km southwest of Sapa lies Lao Chai Village. If you have already visited Sapa, you must not miss Lao Chai, one of the most peaceful villages known for its stunning terraced fields. The road leading to Lao Chai is enchanting and captivates every visitor. Foreign tourists often choose to trek down to Lao Chai to enjoy a clearer panoramic view.

Lao Chai is inhabited by Dao, Day, and H’Mong people, with their houses intermingled with terraced fields. It is known for the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley, where the village rests against the majestic Hoang Lien Son Mountains, while the poetic Muong Hoa stream flows by, surrounded by vast terraced fields. Lao Chai offers a picturesque and friendly environment for an idyllic day.

Ta Van Village

About 3 km from Lao Chai lies Ta Van Village, home to the Giay ethnic community and a few other smaller ethnic groups. Ta Van and Lao Chai together are known as “Lao Chai – Ta Van,” and visitors who explore one must also visit the other. Ta Van boasts strong development in homestay tourism, offering numerous homestay options in Sapa. Travelers can stop by Ta Van for lunch at local restaurants.

The village is situated in a valley with the Muong Hoa stream running through it, surrounded by terraced fields. The scenery of Ta Van is dreamy and poetic, making it a memorable experience. As you wander around Ta Van, you’ll be enchanted by the endless terraced fields and the small wooden houses of the H’Mong people. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community’s daily life amidst the vast rice fields.


Ban Ho Village

Ban Ho is the farthest village from the center of Sapa, located about 30 km to the southwest, in the same direction as Lao Chai – Ta Van. Ban Ho is the home of the Tay ethnic community, with a relatively small population compared to other ethnic groups. The village center is in the Ban Den hamlet, where the Muong Hoa and La Ve streams converge. To reach the village, travelers must go through a winding and grandiose path, offering picturesque views of the surrounding nature. Ban Ho promises to be one of the most unforgettable villages in the journey to explore Sapa’s surrounding areas.

Ban Ho is known for its winding roads, undulating hills, gentle streams, majestic waterfalls, and diverse and abundant vegetation. The more you observe Ban Ho, the more you will be captivated by its charming and poetic natural beauty. Additionally, the locals are friendly and hospitable. The most exciting experience in Ban Ho is staying in the characteristic stilt houses and enjoying the local delicacies while engaging in the warm community activities with the local people. Don’t forget to indulge in the refreshing activity of bathing in the stream.


Ban Y Linh Ho Village

Often not mentioned much, Ban Y Linh Ho is perfect for trekking tours. Standing on the southern side of Sapa town, you can see Ban Y Linh Ho right beneath your feet. Although it appears to be close, the path to reach the village is quite distant from the main road. Travelers must traverse a relatively long, far, and rugged journey to reach the village. However, precisely because of its remote location, Ban Y Linh Ho remains quiet and peaceful. From Cat Cat Village or by trekking down from Sapa town through the meandering paths among the terraced fields, interspersed with the small wooden houses of the H’Mong people, this is an unforgettable experience for travelers.

The road leading to the village winds along both sides, adorned with wildflowers of various colors. Nestled at the foot of the majestic Hoang Lien Mountains, Ban Y Linh Ho is tranquil and poetic. The sound of the gently flowing stream from its source to the valley brings a sense of peace. Here, you will immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of the homeland. The green rice terraces, the shining golden yellow terraced fields during the ripe season, and the simple, small stilt houses of the H’Mong people. Especially, you will get to experience the ancient traditions of the local people during your stay

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