Ta van Village - the rustic beauty
By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019
If it is the first time you visit Sapa, absolutely you will choose tourist attractions such as Cat Cat village, love waterfall Sapa, Muong Hoa Village, Ban Gioc-Detian falls or Fansipan… which will be the first places in your journey in Sapa.
However, there are still lots of beautiful places to keep your feet more than one time to visit here, one of the village, can be unmissable which is Ta Van village, is situated in Ta Van communes, just about 7km from the centre of Sapa. From the distance in the valley, tourists can see a suspension bridge spanning Muong Hoa stream. You can also see a shrine where local people often hold "Nao Cong" festival. A road to Ta Van Village is quite small and narrow. Both sides of the village are covered by fertile terraced fields embellished with the green colour of corns and rice plants.
A peaceful picture in Ta Van Village
Setting foot in Ta Van Village, tourists may be amazed by the simple but tidy and clean appearance of the village. In there, you can’t see the high buildings or big hotels like in the heart of Sapa. Tourist will be overwhelmed by the quiet space and extremely peaceful that contrast completely when in the centre of Sapa, moreover, when visitors come to Ta Van village, they will be absolutely impressed and interesting by the simple beauty of the houses are made by wood in the village. There are, most homestays have long chairs and a small table, some flowers, lots of tree around where you can have a cup of tea, chatting with your friends, or just reading your interesting books. On the other hand, you will have a chance to experience daily activities with local people, to eat homemade products made by local people such as fresh vegetables, chicken, pigs, fishes, etc. Everything is simple but tourists may gradually feel the familiar and close connection with local people here.It will be a memorable experience of tourists
The local houses in Ta Van village
In spite of different ethnic minority groups living here, Giay ethnic minority accounts for the majority of the population. In fact, the nobly humanistic values in characteristics and the special culture of Giay people is the most impressive feature for tourists when travelling Ta Van Village. They live together at the bottom, mountains, the valleys, along streams. Furthermore, the landscape spreads over your foot with splendid beauty. Travellers can witness the daily life of villagers and scenes of life as children leaving school, playing or who join their parents in the fields.
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The wonderful children's smile in Ta Van Village
Ta Van village exactly is a small community with hospitable, amiable and friendly people living together at peace. They scatter at the foot of the mountain, the valleys or along the streams. They live on growing rice and producing instruments as well as engraved silver. Growing rice is the major profession of the Giay. Besides, they also produce instruments and engraved silver. They live in both stilted houses and common houses with a solemn central part which is served as a place for ancestor altar and guest reception. The Giay have quite various cultures with fairy-tale, poetry, proverbs and riddles. Costumes of the Giay are simple: women with short eczema, wearing cloth bag with embroidered flowers; man also wears pants and shirt. If having the opportunity to come here, visitors can enjoy some special dishes of ethnic Giay such as: roast fish of Muong Hum, horse meat of Muong Khuong, sticky rice of Van Ban… and enjoy festivals, folk games of the Giay: Nao Cong, Roong Pooc… and participate in tours of the village.
A lovely coffee house in Ta Van village
Time flies by and people in Ta Van village’s tradition and culture have been keeping well. They love in traditional stilted houses with a solemn room as a place to show respect and a great attitude to their ancestors. The beauty of the landscape, as well as people, has become a rich source of inspiration for various cultural fairy-tale, riddles, proverbs and poetry. The terraced fields are covered with rice and the colour of the trees makes the landscape very attractive and special.
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Giay woman's spinning yarn in Sapa
If you go Ta Van right in the season of the rice harvest, you will be looking at a beautiful picture that is not like anywhere. Just walk to see the scenery along the road and feel the cultural value of the village. Another great experience is that you need to sleep in the house on stilts in the village overnight to feel the unique culture of this peaceful land.
Stunning view in the green season in Ta Van Village
Do not forget to enjoy the unique but also extremely delicious food processed from corn, glutinous rice, buckwheat, chicken, pork to truly get yourself into this place.
If you fancy exploring unique values of ethnic minority culture and tradition, Ta Van village will satisfy your desire to indulge in experiencing truly rural life. Take a leisurely walk through hill tribe villages such as Hmong and Dao people, it is interesting to learn more about their customs and practices. Especially, pamper yourself with amazing festivals and folk games of Giay people.