Introduction to the village

The Northwestern region in Vietnam is famous not only for its beautiful landscapes but also for the authentic villages with long-lasting diverse cultures. Among them, Ngoi Tu village plays an important role in making Yen Bai more popular and is a key factor in developing community-based tourism here. About 200 km from Hanoi center, Ngoi Tu Village is situated on Thac Ba Lake, in Vu Linh Commune, Yen Binh District, Yen Bai province. Ngoi Tu has been a culture-tourism village for more than 20 years. Here is the home of many different ethnic minorities like Dao, Nung, or Cao Lan but Dao Quan Trang (Dao people with white pants) is the biggest group here.

There are around 130 households in this village nowadays. Their rich culture is well preserved for years and still can be seen in their daily life from 3-story house architecture, unique traditional handicrafts, traditional folk songs, local cuisine, folk games, and festivals. 

For a long time, stilt houses have been the most popular traditional house in the Northwestern mountainous region, since it is not only to live but also to avoid the attack of dangerous animals. Made from very simple natural materials like wood, bamboo, and rattan, they are situated in a high position. The stilt house protects people from the sun, and rain and is very cool in the summertime. Coming to a local stilt house and listening to the old story about the formation, the development of the village from an elder villager is surely an eye-opener to any visitor.

Cultural information

Ngoi Tu cultural village is home to many traditional cultural values, which are reflected in traditional handicrafts such as meticulously carved silver jewelry or delicately embroidered items. Patterns are printed with beeswax on the fabric. Referring to the highland cultural identity is referring to countless festivals, large and small, with many folk songs and dances. The love songs, trumpet dances, and stick dances are lively places to create the soul for festivals or weddings here.

Besides, folk games are a way for people in the village to be more united and stick together. Although the games are familiar such as: pushing sticks, walking on stilts, or fighting bird's nest, they have a strong attraction to local people and young people who come here to visit.


Transport to Ngoi Tu Village

From Hanoi:
By car/motorbike: Highway 32 – Highway 2 (Tuyen Quang direction) - Highway 37 about 100m - Street 170 – Vu Linh commune, Yen Binh – Ngoi Tu Village (150km).
From Yen Binh District, Yen Bai:
By car/motorbike: Yen Binh center – highway 37/70 (Hanoi direction) – Thac Ba town – Street 170 – Vu Linh commune – Ngoi Tu Village.
By motorboat: Yen Binh center – Highway 37/70 – Huong Ly port (Thac Ba lake) – Motorboat on Thac Ba lake (50 minutes) – Port in Ngoi Tu Village.

Getting around the area

Renting a bike and getting around Ngoi Tu Village is an activity worth doing. You can go through small roads, stop to see the unique houses of ethnic minorities, meet welcoming local people, or try some folk games with little kids. You can also go to Thac Ba lake to see a peaceful landscape and enjoy the fresh air here.


What’s good to eat in Ngoi Tu Village

Coming to Ngoi Tu, visitors will enjoy strange, rustic dishes, local specialties such as upland rice, wild banana flower salad, chicken stew with sour bamboo shoots, fish salad, shrimp mannequin, grilled meat, etc. bamboo shoots with a glass of banana wine, spicy ginger ale.

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    Top Tips for your stay in Ngoi Tu Village

    Ngoi Tu Village has a tropical monsoon climate which is hot in summer and cold in winter, so the best time to come is from April to October. However, since the landscape has its unique beauty in each period of time, you can come to Ngoi Tu at your leisure.


    Best Things to do in Ngoi Tu Village

    With a bunch of traditional handicrafts being preserved like jewelry carving, flower embroidering, and printing patterns on fabric with wax, Ngoi Tu village gives you a chance to admire locals’ ingenious techniques when you visit some traditional handicraft families. Don’t forget to ask for some guidance and try to make a handicraft product on your own, you will have so much fun with it.

    For those who love adventurous excursions, trekking to Yen and Cao Bien Mountain is a must when you visit Ngoi Tu village. Located next to Thac Ba lake in Phuc An commune, Cao Bien mountain is the biggest and longest mountain in this area, offering the best overview of Thac Ba lake and the village.