Located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, Sin Chai village is one of the best-view spots in Sapa, about 40 minutes walk from the town.
Offering spectacular landscapes and cultural experience, Sin Chai Village is one neighborhood village that you don’t want to miss during your trip to Sapa. Similar to Cat Cat Village, Sin Chai offers true traditional culture experience with less tourists, which enables Sin Chai being one of the unreached hill-tribe village for tourism.
Sin Chai Village
Sin Chai Village is located at the roof of Fansipan Mountain– the highest peak of Indochina. There are many wonderful scenery that could make the toughest soul melt away. Hiking upon the mountain to reach Sin Chai, travellers are exposed to a wonderful painting of rice paddles, waterfalls, and leisurely grazing buffaloes.The short trekking trip to Sin Chai is interesting thanks to the natives, who would spend time to teach you weaving or dying fabric, take you on a locally constructed trail to explain the name and functions of the local flora. You can also join them planting trees or their traditional sporting activities.
Sin Chai is the home of Red Dao people (an ethnic group of Vietnam), in which women wear beautifully embroided garments with silver jewllery and huge turbans. Walking through the village, tourists are mostly accompanied by the local children, who are probably not well-educated but still being extremely hospitable and enthusiastic to make you happy. Fortunately, thanks to tourism development, some local children speak fluent English as the main communicating way to the generous tourists.
Local People in Sin Chai
From Lao Cai train station, it takes an hour to drive to Sapa town. Travellers can take a taxi to the town or reach right away to the starting point of the climb or cable car station. Fansipan mountain foot is only 2km away from Sapa town, but you would need 30 minutes or more as the roads are narrow and packed with cars or other heavy vehicles sharing the roads.