Sapa Cloudy Paradise – the pride of the Northwestern mountainous region which is a no stranger to domestic and foreign tourists. Amidst the natural scenery of the majestic mountains and forests, there is a small idyllic, rustic village making anyone who comes to Sapa definitely have to pay a visit. That is the one and only charming Cat Cat village with simple wooden houses, small flowing streams , colorful brocades and humble ethnic people.
Cat Cat village is in San Sa Ho commune, Sapa district, from Sapa town center to the village gate is only about 2km. You can walk and see the mountains and admire the whole village from above at the same time.
On the way back, the journey from the last stop of Cat Cat village to the town is more than 3 km. After exploring the village with a long distance, the returning 3-kilometer road could be quite exhausting so you should ride a motorbike and park it at the gate in case you are not in shape (you are not allowed to ride the bike in the village).
There are many shops selling ethnic clothes in front of the village, so that you can get yourself one of those. In addition, there are various accessories that you can rent like umbrellas of ethnic people, etc.
A brief note is when buying tickets, there are maps at the ticket counter and you can get those for free, which are very useful. All of the famous attractions in Cat Cat village and directions are on those handy maps.
You should prepare some candies because on the way to visit the village, there are many ethnic children following you. Those kids sell crafts and invite you to buy the items, if you don’t want to buy anything then give them candy so that the children won’t follow you anymore.
There are a lot of fascinating and interesting characteristics in Cat Cat for your exploration: from small roads, tiny houses, craft villages, waterfalls, Gem valley and Cat Cat village, etc.
On the journey to discover Cat Cat village, there are 2 roads surely leaving you with the uttermost impression. It is the road to Cat Cat village and the terraced road from the gate of Cat Cat village leads to the inside.
On the distance of nearly 2 km leading to the village, you will be mesmerized by the magnificent landscape around it. On the one side are the high mountains, one the other side is the Sapa valley blending in with terraced fields.
On this road, you will be able to go through the most beautiful coffee house in town. This road is quite steep and at a higher altitude than Cat Cat village, so you will be able to see the whole village from above with the closely intertwined houses immersing with grass and flowers.
Stepping through the gate leading to Cat Cat entrance, you will be surprised by the glossy stoned staircase, which is wide enough for only two rows of people walking. The road is quite steep between two rows of houses forming a spectacular sight.
Located along the sides of the road, there are all kinds of craft shops such as ethnic jewelries , brocades, Sapa specialties, etc. appealing visitors to stop by and linger for a while, buy a few items for loved ones as souvenirs.
These houses were formed from the early years of the 19th century, the Cat Cat village is of H’mong people. The H’mong families live on the middle of the mountain, next to the hillsides of livestock and farming, which are their livelihood.
Perhaps you’ve seen the three-area houses made of wood or “walled houses” in Vietnamese film sets in the Northwest. The inner space of the houses is extremely simple, the kitchen is right next to the reception, the dining area and there is only one more separate bedroom.
On the stone staircase, you will have the clearest sight of these houses,despite of its small and simple features, they are very beautiful with a few flower and plant pots placed on the roof, sometimes there is a wooden swing in front of the house for children to play.
It can be said that the center of the village is the most outstanding stop in the journey to discover Cat Cat village. Crossing the steep stoned-cover slope, there comes a beautiful setting right in front of you, but remember to be careful because this road is quite slippery.
There is a white, flowing waterfall with a murmuring sound. There are lots of appealing things here for you to explore. The giant watermill, the sprawling bamboo bridge on the flowing waterfall, the wooden jogs, the rustic cottages, etc. all make you linger and not want to go.
Going a few dozen more steps, you will come across a vertical waterfall that is flowing with white water straight down from above. This Silver waterfall was found by the French and named it the Cat Cat waterfall.
In the middle of an immense untouched mountain and forest, listening to the sound of water flowing through the beautiful peaceful sky, all of that makes your soul feel so right.
Reward yourself with moments of comfortable rest after the chaos at work, spare yourself a trip to Sapa to soak up the nature of the mountains. Don’t forget to visit Cat Cat Sapa village to explore the traditional culture of Mong people.
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