Cat Cat Village is the nearest ethnic minority village to Sapa Town located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley.
Sapa has always been famous for its amazing nature view from beautiful valley to the highest peak. Amongst them all, Cat Cat Village is a great destination for travellers who are looking for a real get-away journey and interested in ethnic culture. Located about 3km away from Sapa town, Cat Cat Village nestled in a beautiful valley, which gives its such naturally primitive beauty. The old village of H’Mong ethnic group offers not only amazing sight seeings, but also unique customs and practices.
Cat Cat Village was formed in the 19th century, when some ethnic families (mostly Black H’Mong) gather to live in the mountainous area. Rice and corn were grown in terraced fields while traditional handicrafts like twisting flax, weaving fabric are still nutured. Cat Cat has been well-known for its unique customs, including the “pulling wife”. Wandering around the village, don’t be panic when you see a girl being pulled by some men while no one tends to help. It is just a future groom and his friends trying to pull the girl home. Traditionally, the girl will be kept in his house for 3 days, afterwards, she can decide to marry the man or go home happily. The strange custom receives much objection from non-villagers. However, it is what it is and the villagers are happy to follow the ancient custom.
Leading to Cat Cat village, the road is an easy and interesting route for trekking. The village is only 20-30 minutes walking from Sapa town. Trekking to reach Cat Cat, travellers are exposed to a wonderful painting of rice paddles, waterfalls, and leisurely grazing buffaloes. Taking part in traditional activites such as weaving fabric or handicrafting, visitors have a chance to enjoy a new daily life of the ethnic culture.