Cu Vai village
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Cu Vai Village

Cu Vai village has a remote location on top of a distant mountain, covered with clouds all year round. It is a destination with majestic beauty, like a fairyland. This place is a favorite tourist destination for tourists who are passionate about exploring. Although the road to Cu Vai is quite difficult, it is still chosen by many tourists. But it’s true, when we come here we see that I is full of peace and dreamlike beauty on the top of the mountain with epic legends,… Let’s explore this hidden travel beauty of this village with Origin Vietnam team.

Cu Vai Village

1. Where is Cu Vai village?

Cu Vai village is located in Xa Ho commune, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. About 114 km southwest of Yen Bai city and about 250 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Cu Vai village unique?

Cu Vai village is a new village established in 2013. It’s located in Xa Ho commune, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. With more than 80% of the people being H’Mong ethnic people. And nearly 20 km from the commune’s center on a hilly road. There are 46 households living in the village. However, this place still attracts many people to visit and explore.

In Thai, the name Cu Vai means a strip of clouds hanging across the sky. Cu Vai village is located on a high mountain peak, covered with mist all year round. That’s why many people consider this place a paradise separate from outside life.

Coming to Cu Vai after an arduous journey, the worthy reward for those who witnessed it was white clouds floating around Cu Vai village. And somewhere looming red trails zigzagging on the hillsides. The terraced fields are layered, the fresh air fascinates people. Especially the natural and climatic conditions combine to make this place an extremely beautiful natural picture.

3. When is the best time to visit Cu Vai village?

With an altitude of more than 1000 m above sea level and with a mild climate, traveling to Cu Vai is beautiful in any season. But each season has its own, unique beauty similar like Mu Cang Chai. Cu Vai village is located on a typical high mountain area, so the climate here is cold all year round. Every early morning is often covered with clouds, heavy with fog and gradually disappears when the sunlight rises higher.

  • The period from September to April next year is the ideal time for you to visit this place. Coming to Cu Vai village at this time, you will be immersed in the yellow color of terraced fields during the ripe rice season from early September to the end of October.
  • In November-December, you have the opportunity to admire the giant sea of clouds floating magically in Northwest Vietnam.
  • From January to March, visitors will see peach blossom and plum blossom forests blooming throughout the mountains and forests and explore the daily life of the people. Furthermore, this is also the season of Spring festivals, visitors will experience participating in traditional cultural activities, attractive and interesting folk games.
  • Falling water season is the season when people bring water to the fields, around April-May. When visitors come to Cu Vai village at this time, the entire space of the fields is like a large mirror reflecting the brilliant sparkling sunlight during the day and the magical moonlight in the evening.
IMG Cu Vai Village Tram Tau Yen Bai 4

4. How to get to Cu Vai village?

4.1 From Hanoi to Tram Tau

From Hanoi we can travel to Tram Tau by motorbike or bus. If you choose to ride a motorbike, you follow the Thang Long route to Highway 21 in Son Tay, reach Khe Pass, then continue along Nghia Lo Street to reach Tram Tau. Remember to note that the roads here are mainly mountain roads, bumpy and difficult to drive, so you must have a very steady handle and be well prepared to go.

If traveling by bus, you can go to My Dinh station to catch a bus to Nghia Lo. After arriving, we just need to rent a motorbike to Tram Tau and explore. If you don’t know where to rent a motorbike, you can ask the locals for directions.

4.2 From Tram Tau to Cu Vai Village

Starting from Tram Tau town, visitors follow provincial road TL174 about 2 km northeast and reach a fork. You turn left and continue moving about 7 km north to reach Cu Vai village.

From Tram Tau town to Cu Vai, you can travel by motorbike or by trekking. However, be careful while moving because the road is quite steep and difficult to walk. The road to Cu Vai is now much easier than before, 90% of it is flat concrete road. But the slope up to the village is still winding, making many tourists find it a bit challenging to go up a long slope.

The final slope is about 500m and the road in the middle of the village has not been completed. But that cannot hinder the journey to this village of tourists from near and far.

With motorbikes and 5- and 7-seat cars, you can still reach the village normally. Before going, you need to check the fuel and brake the car well so you can move to your destination. If you are not brave enough to drive, you can contact a local motorbike taxi to pick you up and take you from the outside road to the village.

IMG Cu Vai Village Tram Tau Yen Bai 1

5. Exploring the beauty of Cu Vai village

The road to Cu Vai village is quite dangerous with small, rough trails, large and scattered gravel and rocks, and continuously winding slopes along the mountainside.

Located entirely on a high, leveled mountain peak, Cu Vai village seen from above gives people the impression of a field airport on top of the mountain, the road dividing the village in two is the runway, and houses are interspersed. The two sides act as directional navigators.

Standing here, you can enjoy watching the tall green mountains on all four sides with white clouds floating in front of you, feeling like you just need to reach out your hand to lift the clouds and bring them back.

With a beautiful location in the high mountains of Northwest Vietnam, Cu Vai village possesses a landscape of clouds and mountains playing with each other, people blending with nature, blending with the clouds and sky, blending with endless green trees. In the midst of the vastness of heaven and earth, somewhere hidden makes people feel like they have lifted the clouds and seen the sunshine, their souls suddenly feel light in the vastness of heaven and earth. Book your stunning trip to Cu Vai & Tram Tau now.

Is it worth visiting Cu Vai village?

The unique feature that creates the beauty of Cu Vai village is an altitude of about 1300m, which is extremely ideal for viewing the mountains and hills, surrounding the village with a 360-degree view of the surrounding valley. Therefore, Cu Vai village is always surrounded by clouds and mist. If the clouds and mist clear, a series of mountains and hills appear before your eyes. In the early morning, in Cu Vai village, if you stand at the beginning or end of the village to look down, you will see countless clouds drifting slowly, wild flowers and grass fluttering, and further away is the village below.

Coming to Cu Vai village, visitors are completely surprised by the scenery of this place. With the natural landscape of rolling clouds and mountains, the bustling sound of birds chirping, the village road has the sound of babies running, ducks calmly walking, dogs running around in groups,…the houses along the road are suspicious. Especially emitting blue smoke in the afternoon.

6. Specialties when traveling to Cu Vai village

The issue of eating when coming to Cu Vai village is also a question for those who come here for the first time. And in Cu Vai there is only a small grocery store and an indigenous restaurant. If you go in a group, you can call and order dishes in advance as a group with local products such as chicken, pork, rice, etc. If you go alone, you can also eat with a local family. Whatever you eat, it’s very filling and an enjoyable experience.

If you want to enjoy the specialties of Yen Bai, you can enjoy them at restaurants in Tram Tau town.

6.1 Smoked buffalo meat

Smoked buffalo meat is made from fresh pieces of buffalo meat. Mountain buffaloes are grazed naturally, eating grass and forest leaves, so their meat is firm and sweet. Buffalo meat, after being marinated with typical Northwest spices such as Mac Khen and wild chili, will be dried on a wood stove or put in the oven. Dried buffalo meat is packaged in half a kilogram or 1kg and is easy to preserve, so tourists often buy it as gifts.

6.2 Grilled chicken with mac mat leaves

Walking around Mu Cang Chai market, visitors will immediately be attracted by the attractive aroma emanating from grilled chicken shops. Northwest chicken is carefully marinated with spices, hook honey leaves are stuffed into the stomach and then grilled on a charcoal stove. The chicken is grilled whole so it retains its natural sweetness. The chicken meat is firm but not chewy. When eaten with Cham Dao, it is “delicious and forgetful”.

6.3 Bamboo shoots rolled with meat

Bamboo shoots are available in many places, but Yen Bai bamboo shoots are still considered the most delicious and sweet. Bamboo shoot season lasts from December to March every year. Traveling to Yen Bai at this time, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy bamboo shoots rolled with meat – a Yen Bai specialty and also the pride of the people here.

6.4 Ant egg sticky rice

Each locality in the Northwest offers visitors a different specialty. In Mu Cang Chai, that specialty is ant egg sticky rice. When spring comes, it is also the time when black ants lay eggs. People of the Tay, Dao, and Thai ethnic groups in Yen Bai go to the forest to find ant eggs to cook sticky rice. Mu Cang Chai upland sticky rice combined with Northwest forest ant eggs creates a specialty that visitors will remember once they eat.

6.5 Yen Bai Sausage

Besides buffalo meat, sausage is also a Yen Bai specialty that many people choose to buy as a gift. Sausage is made from delicious pork, marinated with rich spices. A secret to making delicious sausages of the Yen Bai people is to use firewood with fragrant essential oils such as cinnamon wood to add flavor to the dish.

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7. Accommodation when traveling to Cu Vai village

Cu Vai village is currently a pristine village, the people living here mainly raise livestock and grow rice in the valley below. Currently, the village also has adequate electricity and water for daily activities.

People here also have homestays but on a small scale with 4 single bedrooms, each room costs only 250,000 VND/room/night for tourists to choose to stay. Homestay is located right at the beginning of Cu Vai village.

If you are a guest who loves to experience nature, you can bring a tent to camp. And almost every house in the village has a very large yard. You can ask to come here to camp and conveniently see the clouds without having to move anywhere.

If you want a more comfortable accommodation, Tram Tau town is also very close to Cu Vai village, so you can stay overnight at the accommodation facilities in Tram Tau town below:

7.1. Homestays

  • Homestay Cau Treo. Address: Quarter 1, Tram Tau town, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province.
  • Tram Tau Tea Doi Homestay. Address: Tea Hill, Mu village, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province.
  • Homestay Tram Tau Hot Springs. Address: DT12 Area 5, Tram Tau, Nghia Lo town, Yen Bai province.
  • Zoni Home Tram Tau. Address: Luu 1 village, Tram Tau town, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province.

7.2. Guesthouses

  • Suoi Tung Guesthouse. Address: Area 2, Tram Tau Town, Tram Tau, Yen Bai.
  • Hanh Hoan Guesthouse. Address: Tram Tau Town, Tram Tau, Yen Bai.
  • Hang Lam Guesthouse. Address: Tram Tau Town, Tram Tau, Yen Bai.
  • Duy Manh Guesthouse. Address: Group 2, Tram Tau Town, Tram Tau, Yen Bai.
  • Tram Tau Guest House. Address: Area 3, Tram Tau Town, Tram Tau, Yen Bai.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Cu Vai village

To make your Mu Cang Chai tour to Cu Vai village safe and more complete, you should refer to the following notes:

  • You should come here on a sunny day – dry season, avoid going during the rainy season. Because when it rains, the road is very dangerous and it is also difficult for you to see the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road.
  • If you travel by motorbike, please bring all necessary documents such as ID card/ID card, driver’s license, carefully check your vehicle, wear full protective gear and strictly obey traffic laws to ensure safety. ensure safety for your journey.
  • If you get lost while traveling, you can ask the local people. You should also bring bottled water and some snacks, in case you need to replenish energy along the way.
  • If you want to know about beautiful rattan hunting spots as well as other attractive attractions, don’t hesitate to ask the local people right away.
  • Be polite, avoid making noise and do not litter. Keep the landscape and environment of the village green, clean and beautiful.
  • Do not point fingers, make demands on local people or comment on their lives and customs. Respect indigenous culture.

Although Cu Vai village is still quite new, the idyllic, wild and fairy-tale-like scenery here will definitely be a favorite tourist destination for tourists who love to explore.

If you are planning your tours in Vietnam to Cu Vai village, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Vietnam tour operator. With a team of consultants, tour operators and experienced and dedicated local guides, we will take you on a journey to explore the travel beauty of Yen Bai with memorable experiences and retain unforgettable memories.

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