Pack Your Backpack and Explore the Dreamy Ta Van Village in Sapa!

August 4, 2020 7 mins to read

Sapa is perhaps the dream destination for many travel enthusiasts. If you take the time to explore Sapa, you’ll discover Ta Van Village – a tranquil and beautiful land steeped in the authentic culture of the mountainous ethnic people, untouched and rustic. Vietnampeace will share some insights about Ta Van Village in Sapa in this article. Scroll down to read more!

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Ta Van mountain nature

Ta Van Village – A Wilderness Haven with Fairy-tale Scenery

Ta Van Village is a small village in the Ta Van commune, Sapa district, Lao Cai province. Located approximately 12km from the center of Sapa town, it’s conveniently close for travelers. Ta Van nestles against the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range, while its front side borders the meandering Muong Hoa stream.

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The mysterious beauty of Ta Van land

Surrounded by mountains and forests, Ta Van Village possesses a peaceful beauty that makes visitors reluctant to leave. This is the home of the Mong, Dao Do, and Giay ethnic groups. Beyond its unparalleled landscapes, the village also boasts unique cultural aspects that attract tourists from all over.

Although just 12km from the town center, Ta Van Village feels like a world apart from the hustle and bustle. The village is so quiet that, at times, you can only hear the rustle of leaves, the murmur of the stream, and the gentle whisper of the wind, providing a soothing experience for the soul. To delve deeper into the details of Ta Van Village, keep reading!

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A corner of the entrance to Ta Van

Guide on How to Travel to Ta Van Village

Getting to Lao Cai

Located approximately 376km from Hanoi, there are various ways to travel to Lao Cai, including train, car, bus, or motorcycle. The healthiest option is undoubtedly the train. For those looking to save costs, choosing a bus is advisable. For adventurous young travelers, opting for a motorcycle is a popular choice.

However, travelers from southern provinces are recommended to book a flight to Hanoi and then travel to Lao Cai. The current airfare from Saigon to Hanoi starts at 693,120 VND/person, from Can Tho to Hanoi at 834,600 VND/person, and from Da Nang to Hanoi at 595,920 VND/person.

Traveling to Ta Van

Although Ta Van Village is close to the town, the road to the village is hilly and challenging for those unfamiliar with the terrain. If this is your first time in Sapa or you are not accustomed to driving here, consider renting a vehicle. For convenient pick-up services, you can contact taxi companies such as Taxi Mai Linh, Taxi Xanh Sapa, Taxi Hữu Nghị, Taxi Xanh 24, etc.

On your journey to Ta Van Village, you will pass through the beautiful Lao Chai with its vast mountainous landscapes, the renowned Sapa ancient rock field of the Northwest, and the vibrant streets of Sapa, namely Muong Hoa Street and Cau May Street. After traversing these two streets, you will see Ta Van Village ahead.

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The bridge is on Muong Hoa stream, at the entrance to Ta Van village

Ideal Time to Visit Ta Van

To fully admire the beauty of Ta Van Village, visiting between October and December each year is recommended. During this period, the weather in Ta Van is excellent, sometimes chilly, and with minimal rain, making it suitable for sightseeing activities. Moreover, it is the season when the terraced rice fields in Ta Van begin to harvest, enhancing the scenery with the vibrant yellow of blooming rice.

You can also visit Ta Van from December to February each year. During this time, the weather in Ta Van is freezing, the forest peach blossoms start to bloom with the first spring winds, and there is a high possibility of snowfall.

What Makes Ta Van Village Special?

Ta Van will bring you the serene feeling of a small village nestled against the mountainside, offering panoramic views of distant mountains and forests. Let’s explore some unique experiences in Ta Van.

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Ta Van Family Homestay – Ta Van Giay Hamlet, Ta Van Commune Room rates are only from 100,000 VND / person

Experience Northern Mountain Life in Unique Homestays

With its gentle natural beauty, Ta Van has become a point of interest for many travelers. That’s why there are numerous homestays built here with unique local architecture. Just imagine how wonderful it is to gaze at the mountainous scenery through the windows of these homestays! Doesn’t it sound exciting?

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These beautiful small single rooms are priced at only 100,000 VND / person.

Visit and check in at Cau May (Cloud Bridge)

Cau May is a bamboo suspension bridge spanning across a stream. The bridge possesses a rustic beauty that blends well with the natural surroundings of Ta Van, made from thin wooden strips connected by forest vines. In Ta Van, simple bridges like Cau May are not abundant, so if you can, visit Cau May for picturesque check-in moments.

Be cautious during the rainy season as the bridge might be slippery, giving you a swaying sensation. When checking in, stand close to the bridge for your safety rather than walking on it.

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The Cloud Bridge in Ta Van (Image: Collection)

Try the Delicious Thang Co Traditional Dish

Thang Co is one of the delicious specialties that you shouldn’t miss. The dish includes horse meat parts such as lean meat, heart, liver, etc., cooked with 12 different spices like lemongrass, ginger, and anise.

Cooked for hours on the stove, the meat is incredibly tender and melts in your mouth. It is heated and dipped in accompanying vegetables like taro, mustard greens, etc. Moreover, this tasty dish is served with a unique, aromatic, spicy chili sauce, making it flavorful.

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Piles of sidewalks on the roads in Ta Van

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Ta Van Nature is viewed from a coffee shop

Admire the Terraced Rice Fields during Harvest Season

Visit Ta Van during the flowering season of rice. You will witness the terraced fields winding along the hillsides like a perfect natural painting that amazes and amazes everyone. Just hearing about it makes you excited, right?

If you are passionate about photography, this is the opportunity to capture stunning pictures of the Northern mountainous region. So, don’t forget to prepare your camera and wear beautiful outfits to get professional photos of this rare and magnificent terraced field scenery.

The experience that you cannot ignore when coming to Ta Van is:

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Ta Van ripe rice season

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The innocent beauty of ethnic children in Ta Van

They wandered on narrow dirt roads adjacent to ripe rice terraces lined with aromatic aromatic layers. See ethnic children covered in mud and mud playing and riding buffalo to the fields.

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The natural scenery in Ta Van Giay

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Muong Hoa stream is beautiful and poetic.

Come to Ta Van Giay village – the oldest town in Ta Van, located within Hoang Lien National Park. Here, you will be immersed in nature, listening to the sound of the murmuring stream, wild birds flying in the distance, leaves rustling in the wind, … And more than exploring the traditional cultural features of Giay ethnic people.

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The roofs covered with earthen walls are so beautiful

Experience life in the thatched cottages of the Ta Van people. Houses on a hillside ridge seem fragile but have existed for nearly a hundred years. Try drinking a few cups of wine and chatting with them to better understand the daily life of those lovely people.

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Enjoy the fresh space in the Ta Van mountains.

Amid Ta Van’s tranquil landscapes, the appeal of Northern mountain life comes alive, drawing travelers to experience its unique charm. The village’s popularity has led to the creation of distinctive homestays, showcasing local architecture and offering a glimpse into the authentic essence of the region. Imagine waking up to panoramic mountain views framed by the windows of these extraordinary accommodations – a truly enchanting experience. Ta Van invites you to explore its natural wonders and cultural delights and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. It makes each stay a memorable journey into the heart of Northern Vietnam’s captivating beauty.

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