Sapa Villages are one of the most popular and attractive tourist destinations in Sapa. These villages are the homes of different ethnic minorities of Vietnam, each has its own colorful and unique way of life.
Should you visit Sapa Village Vietnam?
Once you come to Sapa Vietnam, you must visit some of the villages here if you truly want to get to know this land. It is said that if one has not visited Sapa villages, he has not come to Sapa at all.
Sapa villages are where you can get close and experience the authentic life of locals
Villages in Sapa are filled with a diverse culture of the local tribes. Once you set your feet in one of these villages, you will immediately feel the calming, picturesque of this land: beautiful landscape hiding in the mist and cloud, the local people wearing colorful traditional clothes and their singing voice chatting through the light air. So, let’s follow the Sapa trail with us and discover the life of the local people here!
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Ta Phin Village
The Red Dzao is the people settling down in Ta Phim Village, and they are really hospitable. They always wear traditional clothes with red hats, welcome you with smiling faces when you knock on their doors. They run homestays at their own home, and living with them will be a nice way to start learning about the village and the local people.
For accommodations, tourists can ask the local people for good Sapa village homestay and have a nice trip staying with a Red Dzao family. Another thing you must experience is an herbal bath, a kind of relaxing bathing with herbal helping to refresh your body and mind – a specialty of the Dzao people.
One bath with the herbs both collected in the deep forest and from the front yard will take away all of your stress and burden, making your body feel so light and fresh.
Visiting Ta Phin Village gives you a great chance to live a slower, healthier pace of life. You will see the color of green everywhere, from the plants they grow in the front yard, from the lush green terrace field of rice to the mysterious ancient forest.
And when the night comes, Red Dzao people gather around the fire, sharing their sweet sticky rice, sips of rice wine and their story. The weather will be a bit cold at night, but these small things will definitely warm you up.
You should also go and visit the beautiful cave in the village, or go to the market of the village to get some delicious refreshment and colorful brocade products as souvenirs. To get access to Ta Phin Village, you will have to pay the entrance fee of 1$ US (20.000 VND).
Ta Van Village
Ta Van Village settles down between the giant Hoang Lien Son Ranges and Ham Rong Mountain. Not only the village is beautiful, but the road leading to Ta Van Village is already a great chance of sightseeing. therefore, you should enjoy every moment on the road, and in the village, too.
Ta Van Village will welcome every tourist with a calming, peaceful and dreamy atmosphere of a village on highland. It is like a good way to escape the busy, bustling lifestyle of the crowded city and have more private time for yourself.
Also, Ta Van will welcome you with friendly locals!
In Ta Van Village, the traveler will find the Hmong, Red Dzao and Giay people living together, making up a diverse community here. The local people here, aside from providing Sapa homestay, are also great tour guide if you want to do a Sapa Village trek in Hoang Lien National Park or the Seo My Ty Tank.
Or you can just venture in the village, explore the mystic carved rocks scattered around this place. These rocks are rumored to be from the ancient times, with the carved drawing of the life of previous generations from thousand years ago – that’s why they are ranked as national heritage.
And if you happen to visit Ta Van Village from September to April, this is when the beauty of this village peaks.
In Autumn, the rice paddy fields turn golden, painting over the green valley and clear blue sky, making this place a photogenic spot for travelers.
Ta Van Village is one of the largest and most tourist villages of Sapa villages, which means you can get some nice homestays and decent souvenirs here. Also, the price for the entrance ticket to the village is 2.5$ US (70.000 VND).
Lao Chai village
Ban Ho Village
If you prefer somewhere further, quieter and fewer tourists, you can choose to come to Ban Ho Village, a small village near the famous Muong Hoa Valley. In this village, mostly the Red Dzao lives, but you will also find other ethnic minorities like Hmong, Tay, and Giay living together.
There are homestays in Ban Ho village with adequate accommodation and a welcoming atmosphere. The people here will treat you with hospitality, and you will have a great, relaxing time in Ban Ho Village.
An interesting thing is that in Ban Ho village, people still keep the traditional way of weaving clothes – you will see women weaving at homes, almost everyone knows how to weave. You can ask them to teach or tell you about their traditional method, and you can even buy their products if you like it – this will help their economic situation, plus you get to buy things from the hands created them!
Learn how to weave in the traditional way from locals here!
The entrance fee of Ban Ho Village is really cheap, only 0.7$ US (15.000 VND). However, it does not mean there is nothing to experience here, you will have a great chance to learn about the colorful way of life here, and the traditional food is delicious too. There is a waterfall nearby, so you can come here to admire its beauty, to swim or to take photos anytime.
Sin Chai Village
6 kilometers away from Sapa town center is Sin Chai Village, a quiet and small village near the route leading to Fansipan. There are not many tourism activities happening here, but it also means that the beauty of the village is unspoiled and pristine.
There will be only a few stalls selling souvenirs and brocade products here, but mostly the local people live their daily lives in peaceful and ordinary ways. You will find a simple, slower and more relaxing pace of life here.
The landscape of this village is utterly beautiful, with the painting-like rice paddy fields and the mountain view from afar. In the village, most of the houses are made from woods and the people always wear their traditional colorful clothes, making them like an isolated, but mysterious village from a movie.
Some of the suitable time to visit Sin Chai Village is from March to April when the rice crops are being planted, and the whole village will work on the young green paddy fields. Or another time is from September to October when the rice ripens. The golden color on the side of the hills making this place an irresistible and breathtaking scenery.
Homestays are available in the village, still. And the village people are really friendly, you can just ask them to lead you around the village, or accompany them to do everyday tasks and have fun with them. Or, you can go for a Sapa hiking to the highest mount of Vietnam, the Fansipan, with a local tour guide. The entrance fee for Sin Chai village is 2$ US (40.000 VND).
Thanh Kim Village
Another unspoiled, pristine village of Sapa is Thanh Kim village. Since this village is quite far from the Sapa town center (about 25 kilometers away), there are not many tourists who choose this village to visit.
You can ride a motorbike to reach Thanh Kim Village and there are both boutique homestays and small ecolodges here. There are not many exciting things to do here, truthfully speaking. But if you want to relax and find some peace for yourself, this will be the right choice.
The landscape here, as always, is charming and impressive, and the life of the local Red Dzao is as pristine as it ever was before. Local dishes, brocade products, and silver jewelry are the most common things for tourists to try here.
Find some best brocade products at Thanh Kim Village
Small tips for a big trip to Village Sapa Vietnam!
A trip in Sapa always required more physical abilities as well as preparations. As local experts, we will give you some tips for exploring villages near Sapa to the fullest!
- Before deciding which village to do, do some researches of Sapa trekking difficulty and Sapa trekking homestay. The best way is asking for local experts advice.
- Invest in a good trekking pair of shoes or the ones which are waterproof and slip-resistant. Because the roads to these villages and the roads around them can be quite tricky. Don’t bring in a new fancy pair of shoes – you will regret later when you see all the earth roads in Sapa villages.
- The raincoat is a necessity when you adventure here because Sapa can be really quick to rain all the time. In winter, bring extra warm clothes since at night, the temperature can drop below the frozen point.
- Bring sun-protectors like suncream, light jackets, hats and sunglasses in summer. The strong and direct sunlight at some hours can be burning.
- Bug spray is a must all the time. These Sapa villages are surrounded by water rice fields, which means a lot of mosquitoes and bugs will be around. And no one wants to get bitten by them.
- If there are some persistent sellers try to get you into buying things you don’t want, just politely but firmly turn them down with a “No, thank you.” And remember to bargain a bit at the market, if you see the price is a bit unrealistic high.