Introduction to Thien Huong Village

Thien Huong ancient village has a peaceful and pristine beauty. It is also known as Ma Pac village and is located about 5 kilometers from Dong Van town. The road to the village has a cliff on one side and an abyss on the other. The mountains rise to the cloudy sky like Dong Van's "sky gate." Thien Huong is a historic village with roots dating back centuries. The old banyan trees at the beginning of the village could easily take four or five people to hug the huge circumference. Visitors will see idyllic and genuine images of village children on their way into the village. The golden color of the houses in Thien Huong ancient village stands against the green backdrop of the mountain forest. The homes of relatives here are built in ancient architecture, with yin and yang tiled roofs and earthen walls. The space in the house is divided into two rooms: one for cooking and living and one for storing furniture. Despite the passage of a century, the landscape appears to have remained unchanged; whether it is the road leading to the old house or the interior of the house. Nature has blessed Thien Huong ancient village with a poetic and colorful appearance. Every season of the year, visitors to Thien Huong experience exceptional beauty.

Cultural Information about Thien Huong Village

Tay women keep the tradition to wear traditional costumes; they specifically show black knee-length dresses and black headscarves while working in the fields. The Tay men wear black garments like the Mong males during their daily lives. In this village, women earn their living by weaving fabrics to make children’s clothes. Both men and women work in agriculture and produce corn wine.

The deeper inside the village you go, the older the houses you will see. They date back more than 100 years and each house was built in ancient architecture, with a double-tiled roof, clay walls, and two compartments. While the upper compartment is for storage, the lower compartment is for living and cooking. One outstanding trait of the Tay houses is the ancestor’s altar which is arranged in a solemn manner.



Transport to Thien Huong Village

Thien Huong Village in the northern mountain province of Hà Giang has an unforgettable charm for young visitors, particularly photographers and nature lovers, due to its stunning landscape and tranquillity.

Also known as Mã Pắng Village, it sits about 7km from Đồng Văn Town, Mèo Vạc District, famous for the Đồng Văn Karst Plateau recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark.

Only 30 minutes away from the township centre by motorbike, to reach the hidden ethnic village, you have to pass a bumpy and rural road on one side of a cliff while the other looks down on an abyss.

Getting around the area

There is a bumpy, rural path of earth and grass, or mud (when the rain falls), for visitors to trek along to Thien Huong village and enjoy the peaceful life away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is a perfect shelter to escape for several days in Dong Van.

The banyan trees that are hundreds of years at the village's entrance make a particular impression. They stand high like guardians of the village and are regarded as symbols of longevity and supple vitality.


What’s good to eat or drink in Thien Huong Village?

Thien Huong village is populated by ethnic Tay people. For generations, their lives have been linked to agriculture and traditional winemaking. The Thien Huong village wine is completely handmade and goes through an extremely meticulous production process. Women here go to the forest to pick more than 30 different types of tobacco leaves to make yeast for the famous delicious Thien Huong corn wine. Corn harvested from the chest is brought to cook, and when the corn blooms to the size of a finger, it is poured and dried to cool. The tobacco leaves are then pounded and mixed with corn before being piled up to be brewed in bags for a week, before it is put in to the wine. Unlike other traditional wines, Thien Huong wine captivates visitors with its delicious, sweet taste, transforming drinking into a feeling of smoothness and warmth.

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    Information about accommodation in Thien Huong

    Tày people often build their houses in the traditional architecture of two high floors. The lower floor is the space for worship and family activities. Upstairs is the family's food store and furniture.

    For many generations, Thiên Hương villagers have not built any new brick houses but preserved and repaired their old homes. They believe this is an invaluable asset that must be protected and passed on to the next generation.

    One outstanding trait of the Tày houses is the ancestor's altar. On two sides of the altar are parallel prayers. In front of the house's gate, three amulets hang to drive off evil spirits.