Ta Phin village (Sapa) is home to the ethnic majority Red Dao and H’Mong people. Not far from the town, the road to Ta Phin village runs along the rugged mountainside and the terraced fields. Peach trees, plum trees along the road with blooming flowers in the cold highland welcome tourists.
How to go from Sapa town to Ta Phin village
Ta Phin village is located about 17 km from the center of Sapa town. From Sapa town center you will take the road to Lao Cai about 5 km, then turn left to go to Ta Phin. The ticket for one person is 20,000 VND. Continuing to travel about 18 km further, you will find yourselves in Ta Phin village.
In many parts of the road, on the two sides are the green leafy terraces. On the rocky slopes, there are green fields, corn fields. The scenery that helps us forget the feeling of danger on the road along the mountainside.
Currently, the road to the Ta Phin village has been upgraded to support 7-seat vehicles. You also can rent motorbikes to go from Sapa town center to Ta Phin village (about $ 8 or VND 170,000).
What to see, where to visit in Ta Phin village
You should spend a day to explore Ta Phin village: admiring the mountain scenery, surrounding fields, enjoying the cuisine of the Red Dao and most importantly Dao medicinal bathing – which is a must-try once you come to Ta Phin village.
Visting Ta Phin, tourists will learn more about the customs, habits, and lifestyle of the ethnic community here. The cultural activities have been restored and arranged into performances for tourists such as wedding ceremonies, Bai Tram rituals dancing, turtle catching, belly dancing, singing to exchange love. Mong people There are swearing festivals, village worshiping ceremony and especially the Gao Tao festival.
Traditional crafts of red Dao
Brocade weaving village
Dao girls dressed in red robes embroiders scarves, brocade skillfully and willing to guide the guests on the fabric weaving process. Products of the village are full of designs and colors are eye-catching, some products can be referred to as backpacks, travel bags, scarves, bags, money bags, brocade cloak with brilliant colors.
The Rea Dao people in Ta Chai village have well-known silver mosaic products. The Mong people, the Tay, the Thai often buy silver mosaics – jewelry of the Red Dao. Material for making jewelry is made of silver. Most silver jewelry tools come from the furnace, from the blower to the silver cooker, molds, and carving tools. In the life of the Red Dao people, the social status of the girls is shown by the silver jewelry.
This is the handicraft that still exists to this day by the Red Dao, Mong people. The traditional manual production process includes: building the furnace, firing by charcoal, heating iron, molding into the necessary products.
Medicinal bathing service of the Red Dao people
A special attraction of Sa Pa tourism in Ta Phin is the bath service. Just soak in the medicinal bath that smells of the leaves of the forest you will be massaged, and feel healthy, all fatigue disappears in about 10 minutes. This service is being replicated in many villages of Sapa but the quality is still guaranteed. The price is $ 5 per bath
Ta Phin ancient monastery
The monastery was built by French missionaries in the early 20th century when they first discovered the land of Sapa.
Ta Phin Cave
Following the road through the Ta Phin village, you find a cave. The cave is about 5 m high 3 m wide with a path down to the ground. Inside the cave, visitors will see rocks shaped like fairies, giant raspberries. At the widest spot of the cave, stalactites hang down beautifully.