Muong Hoa Valley


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Muong Hoa Valley

Sapa is known as “Da Lat of the North”, the most attractive destination on the tourist route in Northwest Vietnam. Sapa not only has Ham Rong Mountain, Cat Cat Village, O Quy Ho Pass,… but it also has a Muong Hoa valley – a paradise on earth that makes many tourists fall in love.

Crossing many misty high mountain ranges of the mountains and forests of Northwest Vietnam, visitors will set foot in the Muong Hoa valley like a fairyland. Like a beautiful picture woven by the talented hands of nature – Muong Hoa Valley creates melodious sounds of a peaceful place amidst the vastness. Let’s explore this beauty spot with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Muong Hoa Valley?

Muong Hoa Valley is located in Hau Thao commune, Sapa district, Lao Cai province. Muong Hoa Valley – about 10 km southeast of Sapa town center and about 320 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

Visit Muong Hoa valley by cable car

2. How is Muong Hoa valley unique?

This place attracts a large number of tourists. Because of its poetic and lyrical nature that is difficult to describe. Amidst the silvery mist of Sapa’s sky and land, the valley appears as a unique highlight that each season comes here, visitors’ souls are moved in a different way.

This place is also home to mainly Red Dao, Giay, Black H’Mong ethnic people… To get to Muong Hoa Valley, you will go through roads with high mountains. Although this road is winding and not easy to travel, you will enjoy wonderful things on the journey.

3. When is the best time to visit Muong Hoa Valley?

In every season of the year, Muong Hoa Valley wears new colors. Thanks to nature’s favor, the valley’s climate is very cool and fresh. Please refer to the beauty of Muong Hoa Valley in every season.

  • In spring and summer, the climate is mild, the valley is filled with the lush green of terraced fields.
  • In autumn, the valley lights up with a bright golden color of ripe rice on the most beautiful terraced fields in the world. The golden sunshine is like pouring honey, making the natural scenery couldn’t be sweeter.
  • In winter, tourists flock here to “hunt for snow”, a romantic and strange scene that seems to only exist in the “West”.
  • At the beginning of the new year, Muong Hoa valley welcomes visitors with a series of festivals and unique spring travel activities of ethnic minorities here such as: Red Dao, Giay, H’Mong,…

4. How to get to Muong Hoa Valley from Sapa town?

The beautiful Muong Hoa valley is about 10 km southeast of Sapa town, attracting many tourists. Because of its charming natural beauty and winding, difficult roads. To reach this valley, visitors need to cross the pass along the mountain range, which is quite high and has many steep sections.

Starting from Sapa town center, tourists follow Highway 4D about 10 km to Muong Hoa valley. You can rent a motorbike taxi, or rent a car to drive yourself. However, the road is dangerous. If you are not a strong driver and cannot handle unexpected situations on the road, you should not drive yourself.  For easy travel, people here have built a cloud bridge over the stream and attract a lot of tourists to take a scenic, photographed.

Muong Hoa valley

5. Activities and Experiences in Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley “causes excitement” in the hearts of tourists because of its unique beauty. These are rolling terraced fields, mysterious ancient stone fields, poetic flower streams, Muong Hoa trains gliding through the valley in mid-air,…

5.1 Admiring the most beautiful terraced fields in the world

Terraced fields are a “specialty” of the Northwestern mountainous region of Vietnam. Wherever they go in the Northern mountainous region, the “travel team” can see images of overlapping terraced fields. But the terraced fields in Muong Hoa valley are considered one of the most beautiful terraced fields in the world. Each field gently curves around the hillside, creating a flawless, tilted pan shape.

Whether it is the season of falling water or the season of ripe rice, the most poetic and beautiful things of the valley “flow” all the way to the heart of this valley and gather on the terraced fields. Visitors coming here cannot help but be amazed by the poetic and magnificent nature.

5.2 Visiting the mysterious ancient stone field

Muong Hoa Valley is also the place where an ancient stone field was discovered nearly 100 years ago with nearly 200 stone blocks spread over an area of nearly 8km². Ancient rocks have many different strange shapes, and on many rocks there are strange symbols that are an unsolved mystery. In 1994, Sapa ancient stone field was recognized as a national historical site and has important archaeological significance.

5.3 The poetic Flower Stream

Stretching about 15 km along the valley is the romantic Hoa stream. The gentle stream winds around the hillsides and is the source of irrigation water for terraced fields. Suoi Hoa brightens the picture of charming nature and is the source of life flowing in the heart of the valley. Visitors coming here can walk on the rattan bridge across the stream.

These are cool green water streams flowing through the territory of communes. Such as Ta Van, Lao Chai and Hau Thao with the end point of the stream stopping at Ho village. Suoi Hoa is also downstream of the famous Silver Waterfall here. During the ripening rice season, the image of the field is full of golden color, silhouetted against the water, reflecting the blue sky and golden light, enhancing the magical beauty of Muong Hoa valley.

5.4 Exploring the culture of villages in Muong Hoa

A trip to Sapa not only brings you lyrical beauty. But also helps you have authentic experiences about the unique cultural life of interesting ethnic minorities in the Northwest mountains.

Visitors to Muong Hoa valley at the beginning of the year also have the opportunity to participate in unique festivals such as: Roong Pooc festival of the Giay people, fire dancing festival of the Red Dao people,… Not only can they immerse themselves in the atmosphere. The festival atmosphere is vibrant and unique, visitors also have the opportunity to experience extremely attractive folk games.

5.5 Experiencing the mountain train through Muong Hoa valley

The funicular “flying” across Muong Hoa valley helps you admire the panoramic view of the valley from an altitude of 1,600m. This is the most modern mountain railway in Vietnam connecting Sapa town with Fansipan cable car station.

The journey is short, only 2km, but it is a must-try experience when you come to Muong Hoa valley. The poetic and majestic natural scenery of the valley captured in your eyes is more beautiful than any photo or film you have ever seen.

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6. Specialties when traveling to Muong Hoa Valley

When traveling to Muong Hoa Valley, visitors will not only admire the beautiful and poetic natural landscape, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this land.

6.1. Grilled stream fish

Grilled stream fish is an always popular dish. Unlike other farmed fish, Sapa stream fish has firm meat, soft bones and no fishy smell. Fish were caught in the rocks on the banks of Muong Hoa stream. Then, clamp the fish onto bamboo skewers, grill the fish on a red charcoal stove or fry it crispy with fat. Each layer of meat is sweet, fragrant and fatty.

6.2. Smoked buffalo meat

Smoked buffalo meat, after cleaning and marinating with spices, people will hang it on the stove to let the smoke rise, making the meat dry and preserved for a long time. The dish is rich in the culture of Northwest Vietnam. The outside of the meat is dark brown, torn along the meat, it still has intact fibers and has a natural red color. When eaten, it still retains its juicy taste, has the aroma of smoke mixed with spicy, sweet and spicy spices.

6.3. Meo Mustard

Mustard greens have curly leaves, dark green, crispy and chewy. When you eat it, it will feel a bit bitter on the tip of your tongue, but the more you chew it, the sweeter it will be. The preparation is simple but extremely delicious: stir-fry with fat, add a little fresh ginger.

Note that when cooking this dish, do not use a knife to chop it. Instead, use your hands to twist the vegetables into small pieces, thus ensuring the flavor is preserved.

6.4. Mushrooms

Sapa shiitake mushrooms are completely different from other common mushrooms. The large, fragrant and crispy mushroom ears are used to stir-fry with vegetables or eat hot pot, and sometimes as an ingredient for meat stuffing or grilled dishes, which are also very delicious. Especially during Tet, shiitake mushrooms are cooked with dried bamboo shoots with bubbles or sprouts, this is a very special dish you cannot miss.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Muong Hoa Valley

When traveling to Muong Hoa Valley, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

  • The Haven Sapa Cam Site Homestay. Location: San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai.
  • Nam Cang Riverside Lodge. Address: Alley 12, 5 Dang Thai Mai, Nam Cang, Sapa, Lao Cai.
  • Gem Valley Sapa homestay. Address: Cat Cat Village, Sapa, Lao Cai.
  • Turtle House Mountain Hamlet Sapa. Address: Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Sapa town, Lao Cai.
  • Opal House Muong Hoa. Address: Ta Van Day 1 village, Ta Van, Sapa, Lao Cai.
  • Phori’ House Sapa. Address: Ta Van, Sapa, Lao Cai.

8. Some famous tourist attractions near Muong Hoa Valley

8.1 Ta Phin village

Ta Phin commune, 12 km from the town center, through dangerous but extremely attractive roads. Ta Phin is where the Red Dao people live. Before going deeper into the village, you will see an ancient monastery with mysterious architecture. Ta Phin is one of the most tourist-free destinations in Sapa. Crossing the green terraced fields, you will discover a peaceful Sapa, different from the bustling, crowded life in the central area.

In Ta Phin, you can also experience leaf bathing of the Red Dao people, visit a large strawberry garden with succulent red strawberries and great flavor, and there is also an ancient rose garden that not everyone knows about in other Sapa tourist destinations.

8.2 Ta Van village

Unlike Ta Phin, Ta Van is a tourist destination in Sapa that was formed a long time ago, a suitable place to trek through terraced fields, walk around streams or simply live in local homestays. here. The food in Ta Van is easy to eat and suitable for tourists’ tastes, made from ingredients from the local people’s own fields and gardens.

Every corner in Ta Van is beautiful, even the bridge over Muong Hoa stream or the May bridge at the beginning of the village. Going along from the beginning of the village, there will be ethnic people following you, leading the way and helping you explore this place. You can ask them anything you want when going to Sapa tourist destinations, and when you return, you just need to buy a souvenir.

8.3 Sin Chai village

Sin Chai village still retains its pristine, poetic features and is “embraced in its heart” by the Hoang Lien Son range. This is a simple, rustic village where there are vast terraced fields that are hundreds of years old in Sapa tourist destinations. All tourists who visit this place often tell each other to visit the village when the rice is ripe, which is around September – October every year when the whole space is covered with the golden color of ripe rice.

Sin Chai village is located quite close to Cat Cat village, visitors can travel here by motorbike or walk between villages and Sapa tourist attractions. In particular, if you want to visit both Sin Chai and Cat Cat villages, you can buy additional tickets to Cat Cat village, the appropriate time is to travel to Sapa for 3 days and 2 nights.

8.4 Ban Ho

A beautiful tourist destination among Sapa tourist destinations, many tourists are surprised by the green color of rice on terraced fields as far as the eye can see. In the Ban Ho area, in addition to the two streams Muong Hoa and La Ve, there are also a series of other streams and waterfalls. Such as Ca Nhay, Seo Trung Ho,… Besides, this place also has mountain roads, winding hills.

In addition, if you like, you can experience medicinal bathing in the high mountains of the Red Dao people when going to Sapa tourist destinations. There are 18 flavors of tobacco leaves. After drying, turning them yellow and then grounding them, they can be used. On weekend nights you can also go to cultural stilt houses to have fun and sing with local people.

Our above article has introduced in detail Muong Hoa valley – Sapa. Hopefully the extremely basic and useful information above will help visitors have the most complete tour in Sapa. Muong Hoa Valley – Sapa is likened to a green pearl located in the middle of mountains and forests, it is always a name that attracts tourists when mentioning Sapa. You will enjoy the beauty of Muong Hoa with unique touches amidst the misty, white sky.

You may find other useful information at: All things need to know before travel to Sapa Vietnam

If you are planning your tour in Vietnam to Muong Hoa Valley, immediately contact Origin Vietnam – the leading Vietnam tour operator. We are very pleased to accompany tourists on their journey to explore the travel beauty of Sapa with the most interesting experiences.

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