Cat Cat Village in Sapa
- Location: Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam
- Recommended reason: charming scenery and rich natural resources
- Entrance fee: 70000 VDN
Located at the foot of Muong Hoa Valley, Cat Cat village in Sapa is a Hmong people-based minority tribe village. The beautiful terraced rice fields, the distinct culture and traditions of Hmong people and the wild nature making Cat Cat village is one of the most welcome attractions in Sapa trekking tour recently.
History of Cat Cat Village
Formed in the 19th century, Cat Cat Village was gathered by some ethnic minority families like Black Hmong and Dzao in the mountainous area of northern Vietnam. Since then, they have started growing rice and corn in the area, weaving fabrics and making handicrafts. As time goes by, Cat Cat village has become a major feature of Sapa tourism.
What to do in Cat Cat Village
Enjoy the natural scenery
Cat Cat Village is known for its charming scenery and rich natural resources. Splendid rice terraced fields, rustic rattan bridge, comely sliver waterfall and wonderful Fansipan peak are attractive tourist spots in Cat Cat Village that you should not miss. There is actually a hydroelectric station around waterfall, which the French built, that people in Sapa use to generate electricity near the waterfall. In addition, you will see lots of elaborate water wheels made from bamboo use water power among other things to pound rice. Numerous people travel each year to experience nature’s splendor.
Trek to the village
Trekking Cat Cat Village is definitely feasible. The village is a base to the countryside hiking trail, one of Sapa’s most renowned and scenic hiking routes. The road leading to Cat Cat Village is an easy and interesting route for trekking. You can not only see beautiful rice terraced fields and waterfalls, but also experience local customs and local tribal lifestyles.
Watch the villagers' daily work
Live in a simple house, eat simple foods and keep simple relationships with each other is the kind of lifestyle that Cat Cat Villagers lead to. Traditional pattern of life and work style are well kept in Cat Cat Village. visiting the village, you will get a chance to witness the daily activities of ethnic people like weaving, carving, making farm tools and arts and crafts.
Purchase special local products
Hmong people are skilled in making exquisite brocades, manipulating sophisticated gold and silver jewelry. As you walk down the village, you will pass through a trail that many stalls are sell handicrafts. The beautiful handmade products such as bracelets, scarfs, clothing, backpacks, and so on are great souvenirs for your friends
Drink the home-made wine
The villagers are good at making their own wine, such as corn wine, rice wine and apple wine. Wine is usually poured into recycled water bottles and sold at a cheap price on the market. This wine is often referred to as "happy water."
Best Time to Visit Cat Cat Village
The best time to visit to Cat Cat Village is from March to May and September and November. This period is dry season, the weather is sunny and less rainy. The road is suitable for trekking as it is not muddy and slippery.
How to Get to Cat Cat Village
The village is approximately three kilometers away from Sapa town. The best way to get to Cat Cat Village is by trekking that is also the most tourists’ choice. It only takes 20-30 minutes to reach the village. This road is not steep, making it an easy path to thread. If you feel too tired to trek, you can also hire a motorbike to get to the village.