Leaving back the hustle and bustle of Sapa town, following the Cau May road and turn the way to Muong Hoa Town, you will have a chance to experience a different life as well as the cultural characteristics of some ethnic minorities in Lao Chai Ta Van villages.
The beauty of nature
Once setting foot to this tranquility called Lao Chai Ta Van village, you will be impressed by the natural scenery with terraced rice field on the hillside, murmuring streams and wild birds calling each other.
Especially during April to September, the whole region looks like a beautiful picture colored by yellow fields stretching to the horizon. It looks like steps connecting to the sky, leading to the heaven. Grain season is also the time when the village is the noisiest and coziest. Fragrant flavor of rice blends into the wind spreads in space and invites visitors to come and experience the life of the highland people.
Thanks to the majestic charms of terrace rice fields, mountains as well as waterfalls, Lao Chai and Ta Van is an ideal place for trekking activities. It’s time for you to be close to nature, enjoy the simple life without all the superficial things out there, temporarily forget about the stress, the crisis. Just walking around the village, taking a deep breath of fresh air, seeing the bright and innocent smile of children in here, you will understand that why many people choose here to escape the busy life and find the peacefulness in your souls.
The diverse culture
Besides the impressive scenery of nature, a journey to here can give you an exhaustive look at the local cultural beauty. Situated 7km from the center of Sapa Town, Lao Chai village is the common home of more than 100 H’mong households. H’mong people here are experienced at doing paddy cultivation on the lower fields in the valley. They also grow corn, cassava and upland rice on hillsides and mountainside behind the village.
Next to Lao Chai village, Ta Van village is mostly inhabited by about 40 households of Giay minority and some others. Giay people live in a stable settlement such as valley lowlands near the river for wet rice cultivation while H’mong people like living at a high position to grow corn cassava and upland rice. Ta Van village is ideally located between the poetic Muong Hoa stream and the impressive Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Additionally, Ta Van is also the proper spot to connect with other tourist attraction such as Cau May, Ta Phin, the ancient stone region, Silver Waterfall, Giang Ta Chai and so on.
Homestay – The ultimate cultural experience
Discovering the ethnic life, long-standing and unique cultures here is indeed your must-do in Ta Van for the most memorable trip to Sapa. That’s why homestay is highly recommended to feel and experience the true life here.
Houses here are built along the slope of the rice terrace fields surrounding by the mighty mountains and are made out of wood entirely. The view from these houses is simply stunning. What could be more than waking up in the morning with such an amazing scene, enjoying the rustic beauty of the village with gurgling streams and birdsong?
The best part of the journey to Ta Van village has to be the food. The homestay owners will serve you traditional dishes that they often eat every day. The special thing in here is each and every single ingredient is coming straight from their garden, and the poultry meats, eggs are from their farm. Everything here is as natural as it gets. Through such simple meals like that, you may gradually feel the familiar and get a close connection with local people here.
Besides exploring the yummy and exotic foods, you can have a chance to enjoy the interesting performance of ethnic music and dances. The village seems to be really peaceful during the day, but when night falls, it turns into the festival with all sort of entertaining. The locals would gather around a huge campfire in the main square, perform traditional dances, sing and enjoy the life after a hard-working day. A truly memorable experience for you!
What are you waiting for? Just come to Lao Chai – Ta Van and feel with your heart!