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Sapa has always been famous for its amazing nature view from the beautiful valley to the highest peak. Amongst them all, Cat Cat Village is a great destination for travelers who are looking for a real get-away journey and interested in ethnic culture. Located about 3km away from Sapa town, Cat Cat Village nestled in a beautiful valley, which gives its such naturally primitive beauty. The old village of H’Mong ethnic group offers not only amazing sightseeing but also unique customs and practices.
As one of the most attractive scenics in Sapa, the premier trekking base of Vietnam, Cat Cat is a lovely village with peaceful views and distinctive customs and practices of the H’Mong ethnic tribe. Surrounded by rice terraces and rolling green hills, Cat Cat village is considered a great place for trekking and sightseeing, also to experience the way of life in the mountainous area. Along the way getting to Cat Cat village, tourists may also witness the picturesque scenes of Sapa, including mighty mountains, immense forests, amazing terraced fields, beautiful valleys, and dazzling waterfalls. Spend a day in Cat Cat village, you will never regret your choice. But before packing up, let’s read our complete guide on how to traveling Cat Cat village for your best experience.
Cat Cat Village is nestled at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley, about three kilometers from Sapa town. At a normal pace trekking, it takes you only 30 minutes on the trail.
Fun fact: Why is it called Cat Cat Village?
In the early twentieth century, the French have discovered and made this land become a resort for officials. And the beautiful waterfall at the entrance, which is pronounced “Catscat“ in French, became the name of the village afterward (Vietnamese call it Cat Cat). This waterfall is originated from the Fansipan mountain, through the forest, delivering water directly to the rice paddy terrace fields, becoming the water source of the village.
As Cat Cat is one of the famous destinations in Sapa, the Cat Cat weather is the same with Sapa weather. Here is the suggestion for you:
In the highlands of Sapa, the climate can change very quickly, even in the course of a day. It’s not unheard of for there to be spring-like weather in the morning and winter weather in the evening. The tropical region where Sapa is situated has a summer characterized by a rainy season.
This is the time when ethnic minorities transplant rice in terraced fields. This is also the blooming season of many beautiful flowers and romantic natural scenery.
The climate is quite good here in September. Temperatures are up to 28°C. The minimum is 22°C. Thus, the mean temperature average for this month of September in Sapa (North Vietnam) is 25°C.
This is the ripe rice season. Then every corner of view of Sapa is glowing yellow and golden throughout the rice terrace field.
At this time. It is very cold. Ice can appear and occasionally snow. This is also the bloom season of peach blossoms.
Cat Cat Village gives tourists a chance to have a glimpse into the daily life of local ethnic people, as well as take part in traditional activities such as weaving fabric. It is also a good opportunity to purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts right from the craftsmen. People can also try some local food selling the way upcoming to the hill.
In addition, the road leading to Cat Cat Village is an easy and interesting route for trekking. The spot is only within 20-30m minutes walking from Sapa center; and the hike through mountains will offer tourists the wonderful picture of rice paddies, waterfall, or even water buffaloes grazing leisurely. Here are some detail activities for you:
As the first seen when you walk in, Cat Cat waterfall pleases you immediately. You can’t really miss it as you can hear it from quite a distance away. This large and powerful fall sends a fine cooling mist throughout the village, making the air more fresh and chill. You can stop by, cool off your feet and enjoy a perfect selfie.
As you continue walking along the river, you may see giant bamboo wheels powered by fast-flowing waters that built and used by locals for pounding rice. These amazing things can ‘wow’ you for a while and are proven facts for how clever and resourceful the villagers are.
The original architect of H’Mong people is interesting as well. Their houses are wooden-made and often called “House Presentation” with three rooms and three doors separately. But the main door is always closed and only opened for big events like weddings, funerals, and Tet holidays … They sit alone and barriers with each other by a front terrace field and rear bamboo fence. Besides, it is not unusual if you see a family with more than 10 members living together.
Traveling Cat Cat village, you will be delighted to witness the daily activities of the locals while they are weaving, carving, making farm tools and crafts. A typical scene is a woman sitting and weaving in front of a loom making eye-catching brocades with beautiful patterns of flowers, leaves, animals … They are famous for the indigo dyeing technique and very good at manipulating sophisticated gold and silver jewelry as well.
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