Cat Cat Village


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Cat Cat Village

Sapa cloud paradise – the pride of the Northwest mountains of Vietnam. It is no longer strange to tourists. Amidst the majestic natural scenery of mountains and forests. There is a small rustic yet beautiful village that anyone coming to Sapa will definitely have to visit. It is an attractive Cat Cat village with simple wooden houses, small gurgling streams, colorful brocade stalls and simple and friendly ethnic areas. Let’s explore this beautiful village with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Cat Cat village?

Cat Cat village belongs to San Sa Ho commune, Sapa town, Sapa district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. The commune is located in the buffer zone of Hoang Lien National Park, leaning against Hoang Lien Son mountain.

Cat Cat village is about more than 2 km from Sapa town. About 34 km southwest of Lao Cai city and about 317 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

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2. How is Cat Cat village unique?

Cat Cat village, a green gem in the picture of Sapa mountains and forests. It is a must-see destination for souls passionate about natural beauty and unique cuisine. It is not only famous for its charming scenery and fresh air. Cat Cat village is also known for the diverse the ethnic minorities’ culture.

With wooden houses of the H’Mong people located in the middle of Muong Hoa valley. Small streams, water wheels pounding rice or colorful brocade panels. Cat Cat village is like a simple but attractive picture, a destination with countless beautiful check-in points.

In 2020, Hong Kong’s SCMP newspaper suggested Cat Cat village as one of the most beautiful villages in the world to visit. Cat Cat village was formed from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. The French discovered the beautiful beauty of this place and chose it as a resort.

Cat Cat village has its own unique beauty and never disappoints. From the colorful flower gardens surrounding the old walled house, next to the paved road. Even the cultural spaces of the villages are typical of the Northwest. It all seems to blend together, creating a vivid natural picture.

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3. When is the best time to visit Cat Cat village?

Cat Cat village is in the Northwest Vietnam high mountains, so it has cool air all year round. Each season is beautiful in its own way with outstanding characteristics.

  • In spring: You can admire the brilliant peach and plum blossoms blooming around the village, extremely charming and heart-touching.
  • Summer: The season of bright yellow mustard flowers, on the green background of plants. It will make you extremely excited.
  • Autumn: With bright golden rice fields, cold weather and rushing waterfalls around the village will create a poetic and attractive space.
  • Winter: Cat Cat village is immersed in ice and white snow. This is also the most beautiful snow viewing destination in the country today. With hazy clouds and white snow covering the entire area. It creates a fairyland in the human world.

Note: The pouring season is also summer and the rainy season. During this season, there are often weather phenomena. such as flash floods, landslides and landslides. You need to consider carefully and check the weather forecast before deciding to come here this season.

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4. How to get to Cat Cat village?

4.1 From Hanoi Go Straight To Sa Pa Town

By passenger car: This is the simplest and most economical means of transport for Sapa tour. Some bus companies such as Sao Viet, Sapa Express, Inter Bus Line.

You can easily catch passenger buses departing in Hanoi at bus stations. Such as My Dinh bus station, Giap Bat bus station,…And other designated pick-up points in Hanoi inner city to depart to Sapa town.

4.2 From Sapa town to Cat Cat village

The road to Cat Cat village from Sapa center is not too far and difficult to get to. You can choose to go trekking with a local tour. Or renting a taxi or use a personal vehicle.

If you go to Cat Cat village at the end of the year, you should choose to go with a tour guide. The reason is that Sapa’s streets are often foggy, slippery and quite difficult for trekking.

On the journey to discover Cat Cat village. There are 2 roads that will definitely leave you the most impressed. This is the road to Cat Cat village. From the gate of Cat Cat village leads to the inside of the village.

  • By Main road: It’s only 2 km drive to the village, you will not be impatient, instead you will be mesmerized by the scenery around it. One side is the identical high mountains, the other side is the Sapa valley that appears with immense terraced fields. It’s one of the most interesting path for trekking sapa Vietnam.
  • By Stone path stairs: Stepping through the gate leading to the entrance of Cat Cat, you will be surprised by the wide stair path of just two rows of people and paved with glossy stones. The rather steep path between the two blocks creates beautiful scenery.

4.2.1 Renting a motorbike or bicycle

You can easily rent a motorbike at accommodations or through Origin Vietnam’s service. Then riding a motorbike to Cat Cat village. Or any tourist destination you want.

Another interesting option is to go by bicycle. The distance from Sapa district center to Cat Cat village is not too difficult. So cycling is also a good experience.

Note that the car can only go to the village’s outside, so you need to park the car to walk inside.

4.2.2 Renting a taxi

If you go to Cat Cat village in a group or family with young children or the elderly. You should consider renting a taxi for convenience. You can contact the driver to negotiate a reasonable fee. Sapa currently has about 10 different taxi companies. For example Mai Linh, Fansipan, Ban Ho, Xanh Sapa, etc.

4.2.3 Trekking

If you are in good health try walking to Cat Cat village. This is a great way to exercise, you can enjoy the scenery on both sides of the road. It even saves your money. You can also stop “virtual living” at any point along the way.

You will be overwhelmed by the vast scenery of heaven and earth. On one side are rolling mountains and forests, on the other side is the romantic Muong Hoa valley with immense terraced fields. If you have time, stop by the viewing deck at the beginning of Cat Cat village to see the entire village scene from above.

5. Traditional cultural identities

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5.1 Houses In Cat Cat Village Architecture

Formed in the mid-19th, Cat Cat village consists of many century H’Mong families. Who live on the slopes and gather together and plant on the hillside. Visiting the town, the residents of the city will find it strange with the wooden three-room. The wooden house is often called “House Presentation”, inside the house is quite simple with places of worship. There is a floor guard. The house has 3 doors with the main door in the middle.

5.2 Handicraft In Cat Cat Village

Beside farming, cultivation on terraced rice fields. That is why local people are always good at cotton, weaving, linen, silver carving, and jewelry. H’Mong people’s hand-made brocade only contains four main colors are blue, red, white and yellow. It has many shapes and patterns with dye technique for dyeing from ash and forest leaves. The silver, bronze and aluminum products in Cat Cat are very rich and popular with jewelry. Such as a necklace, bracelet, ring,…

5.3 Traditional Culture And Costumes

They keep the typical culture and traditional H’Mong costumes. Women use cloth wrapped around the head to make towels, coats with embroidered neck collars. Belts are embroidered with fancy motifs with two heads. The skirt has a conical shape that is folded with a firm but firmly creased skirt. Men wear a hat made of linen, a shirt in the underarms, a long jacket on the outside.

The villagers keep the tradition of dragging their wives. If you fall in love with a girl, they will make friends by “pulling” the girl home and keeping her for three days. Then she agrees to be his wife, they will have a wedding. Or they will be friends again.

If you travel to the beginning of the year, you will be able to attend the Festival of Gau Tao organized to pray for or bless the people. You can enjoy watching the typical H’Mong people dances, H’Mong flute, tongue, and singing.

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6. Activities and experiences in Cat Cat village

Known as the most beautiful ancient village in the Northwest. It will definitely not be difficult for you to find fun activities. As well as great photo angles in Cat Cat village. Let’s explore with Origin Vietnam what’s fun about Cat Cat village.

6.1 Exploring the H’Mong village

First of all, stop at Cat Cat Tourist Area right at the village gate. The place preserves the craft of brocade weaving as well as flax growing, weaving, embroidery and forging agricultural tools. Cat Cat village also has the profession of making silver jewelry. Which has been passed down through many generations of H’Mong people.

The deeper you go into the village, the more clearly the natural beauty of Cat Cat village appears. With terraced fields, small streams weaving around the village, waterfalls, and even giant water wheels.

6.2 Walking on the paved road through the village

After passing through the village gate, you will follow a paved road leading into the village. This is the familiar check-in destination of the “virtual living” association. Every time they have the opportunity to travel to Sapa.

On both sides of the road are small stalls selling souvenirs. There is also a rental service for H’Mong brocade costumes and taking photos accessories. Trying transforming into mountain girls and boys standing in the Northwest sky and land. You will definitely have super beautiful photos.

6.3 Rowing on the stream

Once you reach the Cat Cat tourist center. There are many interesting activities that you cannot refuse, including rowing a boat on the stream. With a small boat made from interconnected bamboo pipes. You will feel extremely excited when rowing slowly on the stream. If you don’t know how to row a boat, you can sit and take photos by the stream in brocade clothes.

6.4 Enjoying shopping for traditional souvenirs

Along the trekking journey in Cat Cat village. For those who love to shop for souvenirs or handicrafts, they can “collect” countless unique souvenirs at very reasonable prices. From silver jewelry, brocade clothes, and wooden toys. Don’t be afraid to pay half the price to find a “good deal”.

6.5 Some new locations in Ban Cat Cat tourist area

If you have visited the above mentioned places. You can visit some newly built tourist attractions such as:

  • Giant bird’s nest area: located right in the center of the tourist area. Which gives you a panoramic view of the majestic Hoang Lien Son range.
  • Chrysanthemum garden: located next to the bird’s nest area. The chrysanthemum garden is most prominent and vibrant in August. It gives you a bright photography background.
  • Dodder tree: located in the middle of the chrysanthemum garden, is a small garden with a spindly tree tied with many red silk strips symbolizing the red silk thread.
  • Woven hammock: woven from fabric fibers available in the village, hung on two pillars made from trees – a cute, romantic check-in point.
  • Rose garden: with models of a flute and a basket – two familiar items of the H’Mong people, standing out in the middle of the garden.
  • Wooden roof: an ideal backdrop with cloudy sky and Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the distance.

Top 10 Things To Do In Cat Cat Village

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1. Walk. Be prepared to explore Cat Cat in the most interesting way. Walking helps you admire the natural scenery, Sapa weather is also suitable for walking.

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2. Take pictures of sparkling, splendid, picturesque hills and terraced fields.

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3. Visit a house of ethnic minority people in the village and discover how the people live there. You will be surprised to see families with more than 10 members. Try to discover things in the house, such as rice mortar, you must have never seen before.

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4. Visiting school, watching and playing with young children. Can bring a learning item for donation.

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5. Shopping. Going deep into the village, you will see a lot of stalls selling handicrafts, cloths with colorful colors. In order to weave a brocade, Mong women can take about 8 months to complete.

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6. Drink wine apples cooked by villagers for only 10.000d / cup and try the characteristic dishes of the villagers.

7. Watch the babies being carried on their backs to feel the peace

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8. Take photos with Cat Cat Waterfall in front of H’Mong Cultural House. Beginning to the village you will cross the bridge over Cat Cat Cat stream and romantic Cat Cat waterfall. Waterfalls flow from the top of Hoang Lien Son Range.

9. Dancing with the villagers. You can watch dance performances at the Cultural Center. During community dinners, you can learn how to dance with local people.

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10. Look at the rice mortar with the water of the Mong people working. The water flowed full of trough one end, the other end up high up, causing the water in the trough to fall out, the other end down to self-retarded rice mortar.

7. Specialties when traveling to Cat Cat village

7.1 Corn wine

Cat Cat village’s corn wine, also known as happy water, is considered an extremely popular drink. Corn is boiled in hot water for a long time, causing the kernels to break. Then the kernels are mixed with mushrooms and fermented. This fermentation process lasts about 6 days before it can be used.

You can easily buy corn wine at the market at a very reasonable price. This will be an ideal gift you can give to your loved ones after the trip.

7.2 Smoked buffalo meat

It is one of the most special specialties of Sapa land. The pieces of smoked buffalo meat with an eye-catching dark brown color, sweet and soft. With the characteristic flavor of buffalo meat and the smell of kitchen smoke. It will make you constantly admire its deliciousness. This will be a great drink for you and your friends when visiting this land of Sapa.

7.3 Salmon, Sturgeon:

Raised right in Sapa town, often processed into hot pot, very suitable for the cool weather of Sapa. In addition, you can make delicious salads and grilled dishes.

7.4 Indigenous Pork:

This type of pig is small, weighing only around 10kg. It has lean meat, and firm, sweet-smelling meat because it is raised free-range. Merchants buy this type of pig from ethnic people in different places, then sell it to restaurants. For large groups of guests, from about two or three trays or more, you should order a whole pig for one meal. You can enjoy dishes made from local pigs. Such as: steamed, grilled, stir-fried, bones simmered with bamboo shoots,…

7.5 Stream Fish:

It’s very rare indeed. Walking along the road, you will see young H’Mong men holding fish spears for sale. That means quality Sapa stream fish. The quality of stream fish cannot be faulted. The fish meat is white, firm, sweet, not crumbly but very soft.

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8. Accommodation when traveling to Cat Cat village

Because Cat Cat village is very close to Sapa town. Traveling here, you can refer to some of the accommodations below.

8.1 Hotels:

As for hotels in Sapa, there are many segments for you to choose from. Focusing on design, investing in space and service quality, reasonable costs, suitable for those who travel to Sapa. We must mention names such as Sapa Hills Hotel, Golden Villa Hotel, Sapa Odyssey Hotel . They will surely make you satisfied.

  • KK Sapa Hotel. Address: 25 Violet, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • DeLaSol Phat Linh Sapa. Address: 16 Muong Hoa Street, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel. Address: Muong Hoa, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.

8.2 Resorts:

If you want to enjoy the most complete vacation feeling amid vast mountains and forests with chilly weather. Sapa resort is a choice that is hard to refuse. Choose hot addresses such as:

  • Sapa Jade Hill Resort And Spa.
  • Topas Ecolodge.
  • Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa.
  • Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel.
  • Golden Town Hotel.
  • Nomad Trails Boutique Hotel.
  • Freesia Hotel .

8.3 Homestays:

If you both want to see the wild and majestic natural scenery and experience the daily life of ethnic areas here. Staying at homestay is the ideal choice. Famous Sapa homestays with the backpacking community. They include Sapa Capsule Hotel, Phori’s House, Little Sapa, Po Homestay,…

9. Some beautiful and unique coffee shops in Cat Cat village

Stopping to enjoy a rich cup of coffee in the middle of the Northwest mountains and forests. It is definitely an unforgettable experience. And the extremely fortunate thing is that right at Cat Cat Village Tourist Area. There are cafes with beautiful locations, providing a truly unique experience.

Coming here, you can not only immerse yourself in nature but also preserve wonderful moments.

9.1 Coong Coffee Homestay

Coong Coffee Homestay is located along the romantic Cat Cat tourist road and only 500m from Sapa town center. This ideal location combines a cafe and homestay space. The restaurant is located on a hill, giving the feeling of floating between the sky and clouds.

The modern design of Coong Coffee Homestay still retains the characteristics of the Northwest mountains. The shop serves a variety of drinks. Such as coffee, milk tea, smoothies, juices, etc. The shop also has a menu of European dishes and fast food.

If you want to enjoy coffee and admire the beauty of the Northwest mountains and forests in a peaceful and comfortable space. Coong Coffee Homestay is a great choice. However, check out the latest reviews to get an overview of the quality of service here.

9.2 Gem Valley Homestay

Gem Valley is both a house, a cafe, and also the homeowner’s painting library. Homestay Gem Valley Coffee is located in the heart of Cat Cat village. This is a Homestay associated with people’s lives, so just by opening the window. You can see the entire Cat Cat village in your sight.

9.3 Zmong Coffee

Zmong Coffee is truly a romantic space in Cat Cat Sapa Village. Zmong Coffee not only has diverse and professional quality coffee. But you can also choose from a range of other drinks such as smoothies, beer or wine.

Zmong Coffee is the ideal destination for many tourists when visiting Cat Cat Village. The shop’s great location provides the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy delicious coffee. Especially admiring the wonderful beauty of the Northwest’s natural mountains and forests.

Cat Cat village with wild natural beauty and profound culture. It is truly a great destination for souls who are passionate about natural beauty and want to explore colorful traditional cultures. Every trip to Ban Cat Cat will leave a special and unforgettable mark in your hearts.

If you are planning your trip to Cat Cat village in the near future, please contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator in Sapa. We will take you to the simple, rustic beauty that blends in every house, every street, and the people here. We are also committed to bringing you the relaxing and comforting moments in Sapa after the chaos of work and life.

Keep reading all things need to know before you go to Sapa from Origin Vietnam.

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