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Thứ Hai, 20 tháng 2, 2017

Sa Pa the best new destinations for 2017 at Viet nam

ĐẠI VIỆT Media     07:24  No comments
The resort towns of Đà Lạt (in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng) and Sa Pa (in the northern province of Lào Cai) have been included in a new list of the top 10 rising destinations in Asia by travel site TripAdvisor.

Đà Lạt is ranked fourth and Sa Pa, sixth.


Called the City of Eternal Spring, City of Flowers, and City of Love, Đà Lạt is full of beautiful French-era buildings and surrounded by pine trees, flowers and vegetable farms.

Tourists are recommended to visit Linh Phước Pagoda, Trúc Lâm Zen Buddhist temple and Elephant Falls, where they can try their hand at rafting, mountain biking and canyoning.

Sa Pa, located some 2,000km further north, is known for its trekking trails. The colourful town is recognised as the perfect oasis for travellers on strenuous mountain treks and rice paddy tours.

Tourists can visit the Saturday night “love market”, the Gothic stone church in the town centre and Vietnamese and European restaurants.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise, released on Wednesday, recognised 43 destinations around the world selected based on travellers’ reviews of accommodation, restaurants and attractions and increase in booking interest. – VNS

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Thứ Hai, 31 tháng 8, 2015

Cat Cat Village - Reviews and Tips

ĐẠI VIỆT Media     20:57  2 comments

Cat Cat Village

Cat Cat Village is about 1 km from Sapa town. It’s located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and near the stunning Cat Cat Waterfall. This is an age-old village of H’Mong ethnic group remaining unique customs and practices that are lots in other villages.

Cat Cat Village Information












Location: To visit village, you walk through Sapa Market down the valley. Once you walk out of the crowd, you’ll be stunned by the nature’s beauty with high mountains of over 3000 m and the green rice terraces dropping nearly 1000 below. The sun shines across and there are H’Mong houses scattered in the valley

Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.

In addition to the brocade weaving craft, many residents in Cat Cat are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated, especially jewelry for women.

Tourists to Cat Cat are most attracted by its unique customs, including the custom of “pulling wife”. A man can ask his friends to lure a girl he likes to his house and keeps her there in three days. During these days, if the girl agrees to become his wife, a wedding will be held. However, the girl can happily go home after three days if she does not like him.

Traditional houses of H’Mong people in Cat Cat have three rooms with three doors and covered with po mu wood roof. In the house there are three columns that stand in round or square stones. The walls are made from sawn timber. The main door is always closed and only opens when people in the house organize important events. Altar, inlaid floor containing food, places for sleeping, kitchen and receiving guests are indispensable parts of the houses.

Visitors to Cat Cat Village can discover countless unique features of H’Mong people.

Some other articles about Sapa Town


– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

– Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

– Minority market and trek in Sapa

– H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

Ban Ho Village - Reviews and Tips

ĐẠI VIỆT Media     20:54  2 comments
Ban Ho Village, Vietnamese Australian Tran Han expressed his excitement when he walked out of the Lavie Stream in the scenic village Ban Ho, more than 26 kilometers away from the famous resort town of Sapa.

Ban Ho Village Information

Han said swimming in the Lavie was one of many unforgettable memories of his trip to northern Vietnam earlier this year, as the water was fresh and clean in the stream which ran from rocks and hills where a few minority groups live.

Young citizens of Lao Cai Province Vietnam and foreign tourists often trek to Ban Ho to indulge in the pristine Lavie Stream, enjoy the sweet sound of running water from the Ca Nhay Waterfalls and other natural attractions of the tranquil village.

The Lavie Stream, together with Muong Hoa Stream, weaves through boulders, hills, mountains and terraced paddy fields of Tay village, which is nestled in the breathtaking Valley Muong Hoa, adding the finishing touch to the picturesque image of Ban Ho Sapa.

Even though Ban Ho is not too far from the center of Sapa Vietnam not many tourists have visited the village because of the tough approach road, which is under construction and slippery in the rainy season.

However, the village is also accessible by driving from Sapa to Su Pan Village and then trekking 10 kilometers to Ban Ho. Topas is one of a number of tour operators who offer this one-day package, with cost determined by the number of participants.









Ban Ho Village, Ban Ho is worth the somewhat difficult journey to get there, as the village rewards visitors with stunning views of unspoiled sites and an opportunity to discover the daily activities of the ethnic people Tay.

On the way to the waterfalls, which were named by locals after seeing fish jumping out of the water in the old days, visitors will pass brooks gently running down bamboo cylinders that locals use to channel the water into their terraced paddy fields, wooden houses perched on the sides of rolling hills and wild flowers.

When they emerge from the water in the dry season the boulders and stones along the Lavie Stream are artworks that resemble different figures, depending on the imagination of viewers. In the rainy season from May till September visitors can see water flowers created by the splashing water running into the boulders.

The trails and roads from Ban Ho also lead to the quiet Red Dao Village of Nam Toong and other ethnic communities, where trekkers can enjoy the best of Northern Vietnam, such as deep valleys, amazing mountains and simple people.

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Thứ Bảy, 22 tháng 8, 2015

[Tip ]Train to Sapa with baolau.vn

ĐẠI VIỆT Media     09:12  1 comment
Hi everyone !! ,

  • We just went to sapa for some days, and this are our tips for getting the cheapest train.
  • The best way to go to Lao Cai (en then to sapa) is with a sleeper train.
  • There are 5 trains riding at night. You will find a lot of tourist trains like king express, orient express, etc but actually these are just compartiments of the same train, owned by tourist companies.

  • The cheapest carriage is from vietnam railways itself, but the quality is more or less the same (same type of beds, same size, etc) than those of the tourist trains, but the price of the tourist trains are more than the double! (We paid now for 2 people 2-way tickets 41$, I have asked price at a tourist company and the price for 2 people go and return was 300$, with another company 150$)
  • The website of the vietnam railways (http://dsvn.vn, and not :https://vietnam-railway.com/ ) is only available in vietnamese, so the easiest way to book tickets is via a contact person in Vietnam who will book the tickets for you.
  • We have been using baolau.vn and the service was really great. We booked and paid online, one day later we got a mail with voucher from vietnam railways itself. 
  • The only addional costs are 40.000 dong processing fee. (2$) At the station in Hanoi, we showed the voucher at the ticket counter and got the psysical tickets (without anything to pay).
Good service, we only can recommend it
Best regards

Thứ Năm, 13 tháng 3, 2014

Local and Street Food - Sapa Travel Tips

ĐẠI VIỆT Media     10:19  1 comment

Sapa Travel Tips 

Bear in mind that some of the minorities do not wish to have photos taken of them. Ask permission beforehand. Smile, lower your head down and raise your camera up to show them is the good manner sign for asking the permission. After that, show them their pictures is the very good manner too. If they allow, their allowance is free and expect no money back at all.

Sapa Travel Tips
Sapa Travel Tips












Bring along a poncho. You can also buy a cheap one in the many shops around at sapa
Rubber boots and trekking shoes can be rented from some shops or perhaps at the hotel you are staying in. However, do bear in mind that they have limited sizes.


Do buy some hand made items direct from the ethnic minorities, especially if you have enjoyed a good conversation or received help from them. Though they do charge slightly more than the shops, bear in mind that the majority of them are very poor and depend on tourist money to survive.



If you want to support the ethnic minorities, try to hire a guide directly instead of doing it through your hotel. This way all your money goes directly to the minorities instead of the 50% they get if booked through a hotel or agency. Some hotel asks for $30/people for private trekking of group of 2-4, but pay $10 to a guide. If you want to save money you can bargain with minorities a 4h hike to their village (including a lunch) for 600 000 VND (30$) for a 4 people group but keep in mind that this very cheap price does not includes return and you will have to come back by your own or ask a lift to a motorbike (around 50 000VND or 3$)

Oviewer about Sapa Lao Cai Viet Nam Tour

ĐẠI VIỆT Media     09:53  No comments

All things about Sapa Laocai Travel , Sapa Tour, Sapa travel

Located at 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level in Vietnam's remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam, known as "the Tonkinese Alps". Sapa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam. However, as a result of a recent surge in popularity Sapa has rapidly become a tourist hotspot where money is the new drug of choice. Don't be put off by the rush, your explorations of the surrounding countryside will be worth the trouble.
Sapa travel

Sapa travel

Ethnic Minorities

Many ethnic minorities live in and around Sapa. Excluding the Kinh people or ethnic Vietnamese, eight different ethnic minority groups are found in Sapa; H'mong (pronounced Mong), Dao (pronounced Yao), Tay, Giay (pronounced Zai), Muong, Thai, Hoa (ethnic Chinese) and Xa Pho (a denomination of the Phu La minority group). However, the last four groups comprise less than 500 people in total. The population of the district is estimated at 31,652 (1993) of which 52% are H'mong, 25% are Dao, 15% are Kinh, 5% are Tay and 2% are Giay. Around 3,300 people live in Sapa town, the remainder are peasant farmers distributed unevenly throughout the district.
Many older women in particular make items such as ethnic-style clothes and blankets, to sell to tourists. Striking up a conversation with them can be very rewarding and their spoken English is impressive. Sadly, however, doing this in Sapa town itself will sometimes lead to a scrum as a multitude of vendors taste a potential sale.
Children from these ethnic minorities often begin to support their families financially through selling trinkets to tourists. Do not encourage this by buying from children - Buy from adults. They peddle small metal or silver trinkets, embroidered pillow cases and friendship bands in the main town, and often walk for several hours from their surrounding villages to reach the town. At the end of the day, some take a motorbike ride back to their village, some walk home and some sleep in the market.
Children have poor or non-existance dental hygiene. ""Do not give them candy or sweet"". It hurts their teeth badly. If you want to give them something, safe toys from your home is highly regarded.
There're schools in Sapa's villages. Most of them lack essential learning : book, pen or pencil. Give those to the teachers, thus reducing your loading weight in return.
Girls and boys get married young (around 15-18) and often have two children by the time they are 20 years old. Poverty has led to a great number of girls leaving their villages each day to go selling in Sapa town.

Sapa Weather

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Sapa lao cai travel
In winter (the 4 months November to February), the weather in Sapa is invariably cold, wet and foggy (temperatures can drop to freezing and there was snow in 2011). Travellers have rolled into town on a glorious clear day and proceed to spend a week trapped in impenetrable fog. When it is like this there really isn't very much to do. Also the rice paddys are brown & empty (they are planted in spring), the paths very muddy & slippery & the glorious vistas of summer are completely hidden in the mist. If you chose to visit in winter, bring along warm clothes or prepare to be cold and miserable, as many hotels do not have efficient heating in their rooms. During that time, more upmarket hotels that do have heating fill up quickly, so make advance reservations if you can afford not to freeze. (Or don't go there in winter time). It rains very often during the month of August, especially in the mornings.
Sapa map billboard states proudly of its weather : Four seasons in one day. Chilly winter in the early morning, spring time after sunrise, summer in afternoon and cold winter at night.

Sapa Travel Tips

Bear in mind that some of the minorities do not wish to have photos taken of them. Ask permission beforehand. Smile, lower your head down and raise your camera up to show them is the good manner sign for asking the permission. After that, show them their pictures is the very good manner too. If they allow, their allowance is free and expect no money back at all.
Bring along a poncho. You can also buy a cheap one in the many shops around.
Rubber boots and trekking shoes can be rented from some shops or perhaps at the hotel you are staying in. However, do bear in mind that they have limited sizes.
Do buy some hand made items direct from the ethnic minorities, especially if you have enjoyed a good conversation or received help from them. Though they do charge slightly more than the shops, bear in mind that the majority of them are very poor and depend on tourist money to survive.
If you want to support the ethnic minorities, try to hire a guide directly instead of doing it through your hotel. This way all your money goes directly to the minorities instead of the 50% they get if booked through a hotel or agency. Some hotel asks for $30/people for private trekking of group of 2-4, but pay $10 to a guide. If you want to save money you can bargain with minorities a 4h hike to their village (including a lunch) for 600 000 VND (30$) for a 4 people group but keep in mind that this very cheap price does not includes return and you will have to come back by your own or ask a lift to a motorbike (around 50 000VND or 3$)

Good luck !

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