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Why Ta Van Village is special ?
Ta Van village is situated in Ta Van communes. The tourists can visit a big waterfall and stream. Beside, they can understand more about the life of Giay People.
About 15 km from the center of Sapa, Lao Chai village is inhabited by Giay ethnic group at the foot of the mountain, and the Hmong tribe in the hills. The landscape spreads over your foot with a splendid beauty.Travelers can witness the daily life of villagers and scenes of life as children leaving school, playing or who join their parents in the fields.
When visitors come to Ta Van village, they will not be amazed at the simple beauty of the houses in the village. Previously, Ta Van based on the customs and characteristic of the Giay in Lao Cai. They live together at the bottom, mountains, the valleys, along streams.
Growing rice is the major profession of the Giay. Besides, they also produce instruments and engraved silver. They live in both stilted houses and common houses with a solemn central part which is served as a place for ancestor altar and guest reception. The Giay have quite various cultures with fairy-tale, poetry, proverbs and riddles. Costumes of the Giay are simple: women with short eczema, wearing cloth bag with embroidered flowers; man also wears pants and shirt. If having the opportunity to come here, visitors can enjoy some special dishes of ethnic Giay such as: roast fish of Muong Hum, horse meat of Muong Khuong, sticky rice of Van Ban… and enjoy festivals, folk games of the Giay: Nao Cong, Roong Pooc… and participate in tours of the village.
What to explore at Ta Van Village?
Convenient to the town center, this popular day trip from Sapa is a good chance to traipse around the rice terraces and experience a bit of rural village life. Hire a car or motorbike for the 9km (5 1/2-mile) road down the valley from Sapa to the Hmong village of Lao Chai (some folks even walk it); it's a nice ride in itself, with great views of the lush terraces. From there, you'll just follow the valley for a few miles to the next town of Ta Van . Along the way, you'll walk through terraced rice fields and among some picturesque villages, and experience a bit of rural life. (I even had the chance to help with some rice threshing -- a process by which grains are separated from harvested stalks; you whack a handful of shoots, using a wooden holder, against a bin and loosen the grains onto a mat for collection.)
As you walk through different hilltribe villages (Hmong and Dao people), it's helpful to have a guide to explain customs or practices to you and perhaps translate. You're sure to see other tourists on the trail (which puts many people off), but this is a good example of the many great treks in the area. Wherever you go, you are greeted with a hearty "Bonjour, madam! Bonjour, monsieur!".
How to get to Ta Van Village?
From The sapa town, it just takes 12 minutes to get to Ta Van village by foot and 5 minutes by car. you can follow this instruction.Heading northeast on Xuan Vien towards Ngu Chi Son. Then, Acrossing the Bank for Social Policies Lao Cai - Cn (270 m from the left). Turning left at the hotel on Pham Ngoc Thach District Sapa.Then,Turning right on Dien Bien Phu / QL 4D. Continuing turn left at the scene Bun Cha Russia on Pham Ngoc Thach. Slight right
- A Giay village
- An inner beautiful village
- A glimmer in the mountain
- Good place to discover culture
- A perfect homestay
Tavan, tt. Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Việt Nam
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I had a wonderful trekking trip with two of my friends in Sapa. We booked our 3 days 3 nights tour with TrekSapa. Our journey began when we board a night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai; we were allocated the Orient Express cabin, one of the higher-end cabin which was available. We had a good night rest before embarking on our two days trekking adventure. At Lao Cai train station, we were picked up by our tour guide Happy, who had 12 years of trekking experience in Sapa. We began our trek from Sapa Town to Cat Cat village and we had our lunch in the village. The view in Sapa was really breathtaking and we continued our adventure towards Tavan village, where we stayed over for a night. It was my first homestay experience in a rural village and I liked the great hospitality of the house owner who provided us with good meals and accommodations. We began our second day of trekking after breakfast. We trekked pass the bamboo forest before arriving at the Silver Waterfall. I would advice future sapa wannabes to wear proper trekking shoes before embarking on this wonderful journey; I wore running shoes which was not appropriate for trekking. I was glad that our guide Happy placed our safety as a top priority - he advised us to take a break at a hut before trekking up a steep hill as there were signs of a thunderstorm. Our trekking adventure ended at Supan Village. We had a short lunch before taking a bus back to Royal Hotel in Sapa Town. On the third day, we explored Sapa Town on our own. We encountered difficulties with our return ticket at Lao Cai station; I was glad that Happy managed to resolve the problem for us (by calling the station employees) even though he was not present with us at that point of time. I would recommend anyone who loves adventure sports to trek in Sapa and I feel that it is better to follow an experienced guide as he would be able to communicate with the locals more effectively
Have to go swimming in the stream