Introduction to Ta Van  village

Ta Van is a small village located less than 10 km far from Sa Pa, lying peacefully in the valley of Muong Hoa. Located at a mountain base, Ta Van Village is about 7km away from Sa Pa town. The village is hidden in the foggy clouds, with beautiful rice paddies and a natural ecosystem. Offering spectacular landscapes and cultural experiences, Ta Van Village is one neighborhood village that you don’t want to miss during your trip to Sapa.

Ta Van Village owns immense paddy fields on the hill slopes, rustic thatched houses of the ethnic minorities and narrow dirt roads with colorful flowers on the two sides. All the things combine with others to draw a stunning picture in a mountainous area.

Ta Van Village is the home of 110 ethnic families (mostly Black H’Mong), who have stayed here for generations. There are two major minority groups living in the village: the Giay and the Dao. Right after crossing the wooden bridge through Muong Hoa water stream, which connects Ta Van to the outside world, you will meet the Giay community. 

If you are coming in mid-November or December (October in the Lunar calendar), the Giay’s wedding season with traditional wedding customs will be fun to add to your experience. Additionally, the Dao community is located a bit further up on the hill, these locals earn their living from mainly farming with tourism service occasionally.

Cultural information 

Giay people have a rich culture with fairy tales, poetry, proverbs, and riddles. The Giay's costume is very simple: short female indigo, wearing a cloth bag embroidered with flowers; The man also wears pants and a shirt. If you have the opportunity to come here, visitors can enjoy festivals, and folk games of the Giay people: Noo Cong, and Roong Pooc and join tours in the village.


Transport to Ta Van  village

From Hanoi to Ta Van village, there is a direct and comfortable limousine bus that drives straight to Ta Van village. This means you don’t have to transfer to Sa Pa by taxi.

Alternatively, You can take a night bus to Sa Pa or the train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The benefit is that you don’t spend half a day of your precious holiday time traveling, but In both cases, you will need to take a car or taxi for the last part to the village.

From Sa Pa to Ta Van village, the easiest and most comfortable way is taking a taxi from the town center of Sa Pa. The small road to Ta Van village is stunning, with rice fields on both sides and only around 12km away.

You can also leave your main luggage in town and go trekking to the village over the smaller paths through the rice fields. There are also different trekking tours available that go through Ta Van or even with an overnight stay here.

Getting around the area 

If you want to immerse yourself in the nature of Sa Pa, it would be a great idea to go by motorbike, passing the winding, snakelike paths while contemplating the grandiose mountains and deep valleys along the roads.


What’s good to eat in Ta Van village? 

Coming to a new destination without trying the specialties would mean your visit is not complete. The cuisine from the Northwest of Vietnam, in general, and in Sa Pa, in particular, contains various special ingredients that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. When you come to Ta Van Village, you should not miss the typical cuisine there, such as steamed meat, five-colour steamed glutinous rice, river fish, “Thang Co”, and frog cooked with bamboo sprouts.

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    Coming to Ta Van, visitors not only see themselves in the picturesque scenery of nature with the murmuring sound of streams and the singing of wild birds calling them to find love but also enjoy the peaceful appearance of the village. The village leans back on the Hoang Lien Son Mountain and Muong Hoa Stream is on the front side. The houses of the locals face the Northeast direction. According to the feng-shui concept of the Giay, it is not good to build a house facing the mountain and downward the stream flow. For hundreds of years, the Giay people still kept their typical culture in the customs, religion and festivals.

    If you have a chance to stay here for a long time, you will for sure gradually absorb and fall in love with the fresh atmosphere and the gentle rhythm in the life of the local residents.


    Best things to do in Ta Van Village 

    The best time to visit Ta Van Village is from April to August. The climate at this time is quite favorable for summer trips with sunny days. Besides, the time from November to January is also ideal for those who love trekking and discovering the captivating beauty of the jungles here with yellow paddy fields and white peach blossom hills.

    It is a pity if you come to Ta Van Village without seeing the outstanding scenery of the terraced fields there. The field winds on the hillsides and spreads out to the horizon. The terraced fields and the mountain scenery create a majestic nature picture. In each season, the fields in Ta Van Village have their own beauty. Sometimes it is like the giant mirrors, sometimes it is like a patchwork of yellow carpets, and sometimes it is like the huge green silks.

    Another impression of Ta Van Village is the ancient houses located close to the roadside. The houses were made of wood which has existed for nearly 100 years. The structure of the houses is typical for the construction of the Giay ethnic. Coming to visit these houses, sitting by the fire, sipping a glass of corn wine and listening to the stories about this village will make you find yourself greatly expanded.

    May Bridge and Muong Hoa Stream are the symbol of Ta Van Village. Most of the bridges leading to Ta Van Village have been replaced by cement and iron bridges to ensure safety, but May Bridge (Cloud Bridge) is an exception. May Bridge is made of thin wooden slices and forest ropes, which adorns the pristine appearance of the scenery there. May Bridge however was built a long time ago, and it is not easy to cross the bridge, so you should be careful, especially in the rainy season.