Located 7-8 km to the Southeast of Sapa Town, Lao Chai Village is a village of the Black H’Mong ethnic group. Therefore, visitors can pay a visit to Lao Chai Village from Sapa without spending too much time on traveling. Visiting Lao Chai Village, visitors can observe and learn about the culture and customs of ethnic minorities in the northern mountainous region. Lao Chai is a village which concludes three large communes with more than 100 households of Black H’Mong ethnic group.
From the high point of the main road of 8 km from Sapa Town to the village, visitors can admire the panorama of Lao Chai Village, which has high mountains behind and faces the river. H’mong people in this village live on intensive rice cultivation in the lowlands near the foot of the valley. This is considered their main source of income besides growing corn on the mountain slopes behind the village.
Most of the Giay people living in northern mountainous region of Vietnam live in traditional stilt houses; nevertheless, with the sun and cultivated land of Lao Chai Village, the house of Giay families is almostsimplified, it is often decorated with simple furniture on the earth floor. In Lao Chai, the Giay people still maintain their livelihood and lifestyle in the same way as the H’mong people by raising livestock and taking care of the terraced fields for growing secondary cropsspreading infinitely on the hillside which is a typical image of topography of the northern mountainous region.
Black H’mong communities still retain many traditional customs, especially child marriage. Most of the Black H’mong households depend on farming and cultivating and rely solely on income from the sale of textiles at local markets. Only when buying livestock or household utensils, the Black H’mong people need money because most of their food is grown by themselves. Coming to Lao Chai Village, visitors will experience the culture, customs and lifestyle of the Black H’mong people and admire the images of terraced fields which is imbued with specificityof the Northern mountainous region.
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