Ta Van Village in Sapa
- Location: Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai, Vietnam
- Recommended reason: ethnic-minority-inhabited Village with countryside view
- Recommended time to visit:：1-2 hour
Ta Van village is an ethnic-minority-inhabited Village, locating in approximately 8 kilometers from Sapa town, Lao Cai province, with about 150 households in total. Traveling the Ta Van village, visitors have the chance to enjoy the natural landscape, trek in the countryside, experience the traditional customs of ethnic people and taste the unique dishes.
Sapa, a French flair town in the mountain of 1650 meters above sea level in the northwest of Vietnam, is a famous summer resort in Vietnam due to its foggy cool climate in the mountains. Sapa was developed as a holiday resort by the French in the 18th century and later occupied by the Russians. Therefore, the tourism industry here is very developed, the hotels, buses, tour guides, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, café, massage shops and museum are all readily available. The minority women in the street dressed up and talked happily with foreigners.
Sapa is also one of the counties with the highest concentration of Hmong people in Lao Cai Province of Vietnam, mainly in black cloth Hmong, with 14,700 people, accounting for 51% of the total population of the county. European colonial colors and minority cultures add radiance to each other, forming a unique style of Vietnam. Ta Van Village is the ideal attraction in Sapa for tourists to experience the special cultures of ethnic minority groups and enjoy the rural landscape.
What to Do in Ta Van Village
Visit Ethnic Minority Groups
Ta Van Village, lying tranquilly in the Muong Hoa Valley, is the home to ethnic groups of Hmong, Giay and Red Dao, with probably about 1000 residents. They live together at the foot of the mountain, in the valley, by the stream. There is a small and narrow road in the middle of Ta Van village, fertile rice terraces are on both sides. Planting rice, producing instruments and engraved silver are the main livelihood for the residents. They still lead a simple pastoral life and remains its pristine character and culture. if you are heading to the village, you will be surprised by the stilted houses and cottages they lived.
Enjoy the Idyllic Scenery
Walking around the village, tourists will discover the simple beauty of the nature and the authentic rural village life. The picturesque fertile rice terraced fields surrounding the village, it is a good place for trekking. Here, you can depart from the uproar, embrace the nature, close to kinds of birds, purify the soul and enrich the mind. If you visit the Ta Van Village between September and October in harvest season, you will be looking at a picture that the golden rice terraced fields all over the valley.
Taste the Yummy Food
In addition to the stunning landscape view, don’t forget to taste the local yummy food. Travelers can enjoy some unique dishes of ethnic Giay such as: roast fish of Muong Hum, horse meat of Muong Khuong, sticky rice of Van Ban, Bac Ha pork, etc. If you spend a night in the local homestay family, you will get the chance to drink the corn wine and home cooked food.
When to Visit Ta Van Village
The best time to visit Ta Van Village is from March to May and September to November. This period boasts most fine days and weather is not changeable.
How to Get to Ta Van Village
It is only about 10 km away from the central Sapa town, you can go to Ta Van Village by taxi, motorcycles or even trekking. Hire a car or motorbike for the 10 km road down the valley from Sapa to the Ta Van village of Lao Chai. Or tourists can trek to Ta Van Village on a long distance, seeing a lot of charming views on the way.