Coming to Sapa for the first time, surely many of you will choose Cat Cat village, Stone church, Silver waterfall Cloud bridge or legendary Fansipan peak, .. are the first things to do in Sapa.
But if you want to hold you back to this place again, only the simple rustic villages bearing the cultural identity of the people here can have that attraction. And among those villages is Ta Van village – a beautiful and peaceful land of Sapa cloud town.
How Ta Van village is Unique?
Coming to Ta Van, maybe one day is not enough, you have to stay here for a few days and slowly immerse yourself in the life of the people here before you can feel all the interesting things that Ta Van brings. There are also many simple and rustic homestays mixed with the cottages of the people here.
If you like bustling, noisy places like town, then Ta Van is probably not for you. Ta Van has only rice paddies, which are nowhere to be found at the beginning of the end, the rustic cottages, the tiny roads that were covered by shrubs, etc. into one. This place suddenly has a strange attraction to those who love adventurous.
Ta Van is home to the Mong and Red Dao and Giay ethnic groups. Instead of other tourist destinations, the locals will be in harmony with tourism business activities. However, Ta Van is different, except for the business households who rent a homestay, the life of the school is still normal. They still make friends with the fields, and for them, tourists are like a visitor, come and go.
If you have the opportunity to stay here for a long time. You will gradually absorb and love the fresh air, the gentle rhythm of the people here. The life of the Ta Van ethnic people is very simple. There are mysterious cultural identities that you may not have heard about.
Wandering on narrow dirt roads adjacent to ripe rice terraces lined with aromatic layers. See ethnic children covered in mud and mud playing and riding buffalo to the fields.
Come to Ta Van Giay village – the oldest village in Ta Van. It’s located within Hoang Lien National Park. Here you will really be immersed in nature, listening to the sound of the murmuring stream, the sound of wild birds flying in the distance, the sound of leaves rustling in the wind, … And more than exploring the traditional cultural features of Giay ethnic people.
Experience the life in the thatched cottages of the Ta Van people. Houses nestled on a hillside ridge seem fragile but have existed for nearly hundred years. Try drinking with a few cups of wine, chatting with them to better understand the daily life of those lovely people.
When is the best time to visit Ta Van Village?
The time from April to the end of August every year is the busiest time for Ta Van. Because during this time, the climate in Sapa Lao Cai is very suitable for Vietnamese summer trips.
So the best time travel to Sapa in late August, early September. Because this is the time when rice in Sapa is ripe when the terraced fields become very beautiful. Many tourists prefer to go to Sapa during this period, because in this period Sapa seems to wear a new color – yellow on all the hills. But you should go in the middle or late September, to October many places have been harvested.
How to go to Ta Van Sapa?
Ta Van is located in Ta Van commune, Sapa district, Lao Cai province. It’s about 8km to 12km from Sapa town center, depending on the route you choose. With this far distance, you have to travel by motorbike or car. However, to be able to feel and see all the scenery of this land you should do Sapa easy trekking tour will be more reasonable.
On the way to Ta Van village, you will pass Lao Chai village – a place with extremely beautiful mountains and forests and famous Sapa ancient rock there. After leaving the two busiest streets of Sapa, Cau May and Muong Hoa streets, you only need to follow the Muong Hoa stream to reach Ta Van village.
What to do, things to see in Ta Van Village?
- Trekking tours & homestay tours
- Culture exchange.
- Photograph huntting.
- Visit local family to know authentic of Black Hmong people daily life.
- Do not give money or candy for children. (mean the children they will not like to go to school) – If can so please give them some books or pencils.
- Do not put camera close to their face to take photo.
- Should not visit at weekend to avoid the crowded by other local and Chinese tourist.