Introduction to Ta Phin Village
Located about 12 km from Sapa town centre, Ta Phin Village is one of the most famous ecotourist spots in Sapa, Lao Cai province. The village is home to Red Dao and H’Mong people, 2 Vietnamese ethnic minorities. Ta Phin Village is situated in the valley, surrounded by spectacular mountains and rice terraces.
After visiting Ta Phin Village, you can go to Ta Phin Cave at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain for a more adventurous experience. Ta Phin Cave is about 3 metres wide, 5 metres high, and it has a pathway into the ground. Inside the cave, there are a lot of stalactites sparkling with various shapes, such as fairies and pregnant women holding babies. On entering the cave, visitors will encounter a large rock lying on the left side. On the rock, there is an image that seems like the footprints of a chicken. Also, on the right side, there are some indentations that look like horse footprints.
On the way from the town to the village, tourists will be able to enjoy the extremely beautiful scenery. Along the road, there are many mountain sloping side and the green terraced fields one of the remarkable highlights of Vietnamese mountainous area. Moreover, the two sides of the road are filled with flowers blooming. Based on the season, there would be different kind of flowers, and the msot beautiful flowers in Sa Pa are The Buckwheat Blossom (bloom in March) and Sapa Broccoli Flower (bloom in the early winter).
Ta Phin village is the principal habitat of the H’Mong and Red Dao people. The 2 most popular ethnic “specialties” here that you should not miss are: the Red Dao traditional herb baths and the H’Mong brocatelle weaving. Red Dao people have a different lifestyle from Mong people in Sapa, from clothing, writing to house architecture. Especially Red Dao people in Ta Phin village have customs of herbal bathing. Visitors come here should try this exciting service experience.
When arriving at Ta Phin village, the charming H’Mong women in their colourful, traditional costumes may capture your heart at first sight. Continuing walking into the village, you will easily see ethnic women with colourful embroidered costumes weaving in front of their houses. They are so skilled and talented to make many brocatelle products, including backpacks, tourist handbags, scarves, wallets and even clothes of different colours and patterns, which are ideal souvenirs for tourists to Sapa. Usually, the beautiful scenery of Sa Pa and Ta Phin Village are reflected in the embroidery pattern. It can be flowers, plants, birds or even mountains and forests of the Northwest.
Coming here, you will have the opportunity to learn about daily life , traditions, customs and practices of the ethnic minorities here for example dance ritual of Bai Tram capturing turtles, wedding ceremonies, love songs, etc. Besides, Mong people also have a ceremony to banish the bad luck, vows, worshiping ceremonies and especially the Gau TTao festival. In festivals, there are customs that we have never seen before. That’s the reason so many tourists are eager to come here.
Ta Phin, Chapa, Lào Cai, Vietnam