Sapa: explore must-try experiences (Part 1)

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At the top of Sapa mountains, visitors can see the terraced fields stretching down the valleys, home to many ethnic minorities. Sapa contains many wonders of nature, natural landscape with mountainous terrain, the green forests, creating a harmonious picture and attractive landscape from the high land of the North West in Vietnam. Let’s come and experience Sapa.

>>  Sapa: explore must-try experiences (Part 2)

Explore O Quy Ho Pass – Northern King Pass

O Quy Ho Pass is one of the longest rugged mountain pass of  Sapa in the North of Vietnam.

Located on the 4D National Highway and crosses the Hoang Lien Range which has the highest mountain in Indochina: Fansipan mountain. The pass connects the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau and it is also the boundary between the two provinces.

O Quy Ho Pass via YouTube

O Quy Ho Pass with its height and hardship has made many visitors come here have both the feeling of admiration and fear of the danger. Therefore, O Quy Ho was called the “the Northern King-Pass”. Situated at an altitude of over 2,000 m, winding winding through the high cliffs of the sky and deep chasm. The Pass is named after the voice of a fairy bird, the result of a sad love story. Legend that in the mountains, there was a bird with a cry of earnest, associated with the legend of the romantic love story of a couple. Since then, the scream of the bird has been named for the pass.

Through O Quy Ho, you will be surprised by the grandeur of the sky here, but it is just beginning. Try this passageway on a clear moonlit night to see all views that is worthy of being called legendary here. Indeed, adventurous people often choose for themselves a route so that when coming back O Quy Ho, the land is in the sunset. On the night of the bright moonlighting, clambering down the cliffed mountains, shining the ball towards the edge of the view as a watercolor backdrop of majestic, it is really a stroke of fullness. On a moonlit night, pass the O Quy Ho Pass, get off at a corner next to the rising cliff that will hear the voice of the jungle.

Learn customs and beauty of ethnic people in Cat Cat village

From the center of Sapa town, follow the road towards Fansipan Mountain about 3km, tourists will come to Cat Cat.

Nearly 80 households in the village are located along the paved stone road, some of which are scattered on the slopes. A few hundred meters to the center of Cat Cat, the convergence of three streams : Tien Sa stream, Gold stream, Silver stream and Cat Cat waterfall (also known as Tien Sa waterfall) . In addtion to the waterfall, there are two suspension bridges: Si bridge and A Lu bridge which attracts many tourists for sightseeing and taking photos.

Cat Cat village via BigSea Travel

Besides growing rice, H’mong people in Cat Cat also develop traditional handicrafts such as flax production, weaving and forging tools. In addition, Cat Cat has a long history of making silver and bronze jewelry and produces exquisite products such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, and so on. To know more about these trades, visitors can visit the traditional handicraft village with the hand embroidery area, the exhibition area … very unique.

Cat Cat is not only attractive to tourists because of the natural scenery but also because of the traditional culture of the H’Mong ethnic group. Come to Cat Cat, visitors also have the opportunity to discover the customs and beauty of ethnic people, join in the gentle dances of the beautiful H’ Mong girl, or The hymns and sounds of the H’mong boys’ hearts. You can enjoy other specialties such as: Corn wine, Truffle, Corn tortillas, …

(to be continued)

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