Cat Cat village is an ancient village that attracts Sapa tourists by its peaceful and unique beauty among the vast mountains of Northwestern mountains forests. This place has long become the ‘village worth living’ for tourists from all over the world. This article will guide you to visit Cat Cat in detail.
1. Introduction to Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat village is located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range. As the main living area of the H’Mong ethnic minority. This place is about 3km from Sapa town towards the top of Fansipan. Cat Cat village is known as the most beautiful old village in the Northwest with a unique culture and romantic scenery. Coming to Cat Cat village, any visitor is ‘enthralled’ by the peaceful beauty amidst the vast nature.
2. How to move to Cat Cat Village
About 3km from Sapa, Cat Cat village is a Mong ethnic village, peacefully located in the valley at the foot of the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain. You can ride a motorbike, taxi or trekking, to have the full view of Sapa. From the center of Sapa Stone Church, you follow the road towards Fansipan mountain about 3km to Cat Cat village. The road to Cat Cat village has been paved, so visitors can walk more easily, check-in many beautiful scenes. One side is the majestic high mountains, the other is Sapa valley with yellow rice fields, making the road to Cat Cat village more romantic than ever.
3. Ideal time to travel to Cat Cat Village
Each season of the year, Cat Cat Sapa wears a new shirt, co tourists with its very own beauty. However, the most ideal time period usually falls from March to November each year. At this time, the climate is mild, less rainfall, convenient for the process of visitors’ moving and exploring. In April and May, at the end of spring and early summer, the village attracts tourists with the smooth and mellow green of the plants. Meanwhile, in September and October, this place changed clothes with brilliant yellow color, the seductive fragrance of new rice from terraced fields.
4. Sightseeing ticket price
When visiting Cat Cat village, visitors have to buy tickets to the village. The fare is relatively affordable for tourists. Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adults: 90,000 VND.
- Children: 30,000 VND.
5. Where to stay when traveling to Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat View Hotel is known as the most wonderful resort paradise in Cat Cat village. Comfortable resting rooms are located right on the hillside with a beautiful view and many facilities such as elevators, fireplace … will help you have the best time while staying here.
In addition, you can also choose a Homestay-style service. Most of the Homestay has a nice and comfortable View, you can take photos freely. The experience here will definitely make you unforgettable forever.
6. Experience not to be missed at Cat Cat village
6.1 Visit the rustic ethnic houses
Traditional and simple beauty blends in every house in Cat Cat. From brocade plate, from a sincere human smile, has created feelings for visitors.
Lost in the village worth living, right at the main gate, you will find incredible peace. Traditional houses blend in the green of nature, the bright colors of flowers. On the corner of the porch is a woman weaving fabric. That scene makes visitors coming here the first time extremely excited.
The housing of the people of Cat Cat has an ancient imprint, which is a very characteristic appearance that the highland ethnic people often use. The houses were lined up close together, only a few strides away.
The 3-room house is covered with palm leaves. Walls covered with lumber. There are 3 doors with the main door located in the middle and 2 extra doors at the two ends of the house. Each house is designed with attic floors, serving the purpose of storing food and furniture.
6.2 Exploring poetic waterfalls
Moving to the center of Cat Cat village, you will hear the sound of water pouring in the fresh space somewhere. Following that call, tourists can reach the Cat Cat Waterfall with white foam. In addition, there are Fairy Stream, Gold Stream, Silver Stream, whispering day and night.
Many visitors also love to see the Si suspension bridge and the A Lu bridge nearby. Save really impressive souvenir photos in the Northwest clouds.
7. Cat Cat Village specialties
7.1. Corn Wine
In Cat Cat village, corn wine, also known as happy water, is considered an extremely popular drink. Corn is boiled in hot water for a long time, which causes the seeds to break apart. The seeds are then mixed with the fungus and fermented. This special fermentation process lasts about 6 days and is ready to use. You can easily buy corn wine at the market at a very reasonable price. This will be an ideal gift you can give to your relatives after the trip.
Brocade is woven by skilled craftsmen of the Mong ethnic group with 4 main colors: green, red, white, and yellow with many unique shapes and patterns, full of art. The eye-catching brocade pieces are sold at the market, traditional brocade stalls will help you to widen your eyes and be able to choose as gifts for your relatives.
7.3. Kitchen buffalo meat
As one of the most special specialties of Sapa land, the eye-catching dark brown, sweet and soft kitchen buffalo meat with the smell of kitchen smoke will make you feel interesting. This will be a dish used with wine for you and your friends when visiting this Sapa land.
7.4. Linen fabrics
Cat Cat village is famous for traditional crafts that have been preserved for many generations. In which, linen fabric is the most special handmade product that you can choose as a gift for your loved one.
Plums, peaches, pears are the specialty fruits of Sapa that everyone knows. Although the mountain fruits are not attractive in appearance, they are of excellent quality, with a crunch, fresh and sweet taste. You can buy them along the way near Sapa Church to choose the freshest fruit at the cheapest price.
8. Perfect travel itinerary for Cat Cat village
For a fun, meaningful, and reasonable trip to Cat Cat, you can refer to the following schedule to Cat Cat:
Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa
You will depart for Sapa following Noi Bai – Lao Cai expressway from 6:30 am to 7:00 am. On the way, you will admire the beauty of sparkling terraced fields, characteristic of the beauty of Northwestern mountains and forests, and arrive in Sapa at about 12:30 pm. Here, you will check-in at the hotel; have lunch, and rest to prepare your energy for the fun journey.
At 14:30 pm, your guide will take you to visit tourist areas such as Ham Rong Mountain, Heaven Gate 1, Heaven Gate 2, and set foot on Cloud Yard – the intersection between heaven and earth, having a panoramic view of Sapa from above.
In the evening, you will return to your hotel, dine at the restaurant and be able to explore the charms of Sapa during the night. Then enjoy the food, buy souvenirs if you need them.
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat village
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will come to Cat Cat village located in the middle of the majestic, poetic mountains. Here, you will discover Cat Cat village; Cat Cat hydropower stations; waterfalls and explore the culture, customs, and habits of the people here.
In addition, you can also choose for yourself brocade, linen, or other traditional handicraft items for friends and relatives. At noon, you will return to your hotel for lunch, rest, and prepare for the itinerary, shop in Sapa town in the evening.
Day 3: Sapa – Fansipan Cable Car – Hanoi
After breakfast, the shuttle bus will take you to the cable car check-in point and begin your journey to conquer the legendary Mount Fansipan. From here, you can comfortably admire the whole majestic and magnificent natural scenery of Hoang Lien Son range, Muong Hoa, and Sapa Valley from above.
At noon, the bus will take you back to your hotel. After lunch, you will come back to pick up your things and check out. Around 13:30 – 16:00, you will get in the car. Goodbye Sapa and return to Hanoi around 19h – 9:30 pm.