Ta Phin Village is one of the most famous ecotourist spots in Sapa, which is home to the ethnic minority groups such as Red Dao and H'Mong people. The Village is situated in the valley, surrounded by spectacular mountains and rice terraces. The way from Sapa town to the village full of peach trees, plum trees, always welcomes you to visit this beautiful place. Before having a chance to get there, find more information about the village in this article
Ta Phin village is located about 1500 m above sea level in a remote valley covered by rice paddies and cornfields. The village is about 17 km northeast of Sapa town center, 375 km from Hanoi. There are only a few roads leading to the village from Sapa town which helps to protect the habitants from mass tourism contrary to Lao Chai, Cat Cat, or Ta Van villages.
The road to Ta Phin village is extremely beautiful. With the mountain sloping side of the green terraced fields. And two sides of the road are many flowers blooming. The village is home to ethnic minorities, including two Red Dao and H’mong ethnic groups
The best time to visit Ta Phin is March and May or from mid-September to early December. That time of the year, the rice in terraced fields is beautiful, the weather is dry and pleasant. It is sunny during the day and cool at night.
Ta Phin is the nearest village of Red Dao’s ethnic group within the area of Sapa district. From Sapa, it will take about 30 minutes to reach here by motorbike. The mountainous road can make it difficult for cars to move, so the best solution is to hire a “xe om”, or motorbike taxi, and the experienced driver will take you to the right place at a very reasonable price with many useful advice and tips.
A lot of tourists choose to trek to Ta Phin village to enjoy the beautiful view of rice paddies, beautiful sceneries and some other villages on the way. Trekking roads to the village start from Sapa and are about 12 to 14 km long depending on where you stop in the village. The easiest way to take is the one starting around Sapa lake: a small rocky way that goes through Ma Tra village and its rice paddies. Then you enter the concrete road, travel through some scenic hills and a small bamboo forest, you will arrive Ta Phin village
Coming to Ta Phin village, tourists will be impressed by the image of the Mong and the red Dao women in their charming and colorful costumes. They are friendly people who are always ready to guide you on how to weave. The product they made carries the richness of the mountains and forests of the village. Besides, you can visit Ta Phin brocade weaving village where you can buy products as gifts such as bags, backpacks, wallets, towels, robes…or unique silver jewelry such as bracelets, rings, or necklaces
Ta Phin is home to 90% of the Red Dao people in Vietnam, who are famous for their natural Dao herbal bath. Dao people use more than 10 kinds of leaves, sometimes even up to 120 different types to create water for bathing. Bathing in the leaves is believed to be good for your health, helps to relieving pain and recovering of health quickly.
About 1 km to the north of Ta Phin Commune People's Committee, at the foot of Hoang Lien Son Mountain, is Ta Phin Cave. Ta Phin Cave is about 5 meters high, 3 meters wide, and has a path down to the ground. Around 30 meters to the underground, tourists will encounter a small cave. There are many stalactites sparkling with various shapes inside the cave such as a young mother holding babies, fairies, or giant stick rice tray. Especially deep inside the cave, there is a strange stone with the image of chicken feet and horse feet.
Ta Phin Monastery was built in 1942 in Ta Phin Village. This is a place for Christian nuns who lived for many years before leaving for Hanoi in 1945. The monastery was abandoned since then, but walls and pillars still exist, making it a check-in point hot with young people. Many tourists are attracted by the ancient architectural features, quiet space of the monastery.
Another tourist attraction in Ta Phin is Cloud Bridge, a special suspension bridge over Muong Hoa stream. This bridge is made up of rattan ropes, so it is named Sapa May Bridge. Rattan means “May” in Vietnamese. Another word for May is Cloudy, as, on days of dense fog when crossing the bridge, people will feel like walking on clouds
To understand clearly about the local and daily life, tourists should trek inside the village, stay with a local family in the village, try their local and traditional food cooked by local people. Staying at homestay also gives you the chance to get the most beautiful photos, enjoy the fresh air in the clean and vast space…The below are recommended place if you want to stay overnight in Ta Phin
Sapa Heavenly Homestay offers you the chance to stay in the middle of a rural village in Northern Vietnam, surrounded by beautiful fields and interesting local culture. Staying at the homestay, tourists will be provided with fresh, local food, get involved with the local community, including teaching English to children from the village, farming with locals.
Surrounded by lush greenery, Ta Phin Stone Garden Ecological offers peaceful and comfortable accommodations with wooden flooring, a clothes rack, mosquito net, and a balcony with mountain views. The accommodation has a shared toilet and shared bathroom, offers bicycle rental, shuttle services with a surcharge.