Introduction to Hon Village 

Ban Hon community cultural tourist site is located in Ban Hon commune, including Ban Hon 1 with nearly 90 households and Ban Hon 2 with nearly 70 households. This is the residence of the Lu and Mong ethnic communities, of which the Lu ethnic group accounts for 90%.

Cultural information 

The Lu ethnic customs are famous for their colorful clothing, which are all handmade by the Lu women with very sophisticated and unique patterns. The women here wear indigo-colored clothes and split-chest dresses with the left flap on top of the right, decorated with colorful tassels. Lu's favorite necklaces and bracelets are made from silver, aluminum, and copper. In addition, Via bracelets, which are made from indigo threads, are usually worn to avoid evil spirits and bad luck. They also wear earrings that are shaped like tubes with threads to hang colorful cotton buds. The Lu women also wear head scarves that are rolled up and tilted to the left to reveal beautiful embroidered patterns.

The men’s clothing is simpler with dark indigo clothes, which are split blouses with fabric straps, two pockets on the front, and one pocket on the left chest. The shoulder bag is a very valuable item, both aesthetically and in terms of traditional value for Lu’s men. These shoulder bags come in different sizes and are decorated with floral motifs and cotton buds in vibrant colors. In contrast to the fact that weaving is associated with women, for men, there is carpentry, blacksmithing, and the making of household utensils. These items are well-designed and sophisticated, for instance, baskets, fishing and tools. Women of the Lu ethnic group often dye their teeth black, with some replaced with golden teeth.

The Lu’s folk music is very rich and diverse, reflecting Lu's daily life. When performing, they play traditional instruments such as drums, gongs, and double flutes. The Lu ethnic group still preserves their beliefs and rituals in worshipping the forest god. The forest worshipping ceremony is held in the 3rd and 6th lunar months every year to pray to the gods to protect the village, its houses, crops, and livestock. In addition, the Lu people still preserve and maintain very rich and unique traditional games such as traditional bowling, badminton, fighting, and spinning tops, as well as performing love songs on the Tet holiday.


Transport to Hon Village 

From Lai Chau city, follow the tourist route "Northwest arc" about 20 km to Hon village.


What’s good to eat in Hon Village?

Coming to Hon village, you will enjoy the special dishes of the Lu people such as sticky rice, dishes made from fish, especially sour salad with fresh fish meat.

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    The traditional house of the Lu people is a house on stilts with 1 staircase going up and down and 2 kitchens (1 for cooking and 1 for boiling water for guests). The house always has two roofs, the rear roof is short, and the front roof extends down to cover the porch and stairs. The main entrance door opens to the North. Under the floor is clean, and often used to store dry firewood, looms and other utensils. In the house on the stilts of the Lu people, there is usually a middle space to worship and the daughter-in-law is not allowed to enter this room.