Located in the Northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a mountainous district belonging to Lao Cai province. Being known as one of favorite destinations in Vietnam, Sapa has attracted tourists, especially young people because of having many interesting tourism activities such as trekking, following traces of oxcarts, passing through hills, streams, and terraces to visit beautiful villages of ethnic groups such as Cat Cat Village, Ta Phin village, Ta Van village.
Being known as an attractive ecotourism of Lao Cai province, Ta Phin village is one of attractions in Sapa should not be ignored when visiting this land. Ta Phin is nestled in a beautiful and pristine valley, around 15 kilometers in the northeast of Sapa. This is a village of "Dao Do" ethnic group. Visiting Ta Phin, tourist can catch images of Dao Do women in very beautiful and colorful dress made from brocade, a traditionally hand-made product of local people here. These people are quite friendly and hospitable. In addition, travelling this village, tourists can explore customs, traditions, and culture of the ethnic community, which will be staged repertoires for tourists like wedding ceremonies and some types of traditional dances. In addition, tourists can also participate in many exciting folk games in traditional festivals including walking on stilts, shooting crossbows and enjoy traditional cuisines including bacon, bread made from baby corns.
One famous tourist attraction should not be missed in the Ta Phin village is Ta Phin Cave. Ta Phin Cave has a special charm for those who love discovering and immersing yourself in nature. Ta Phin Cave has 5 meters in height and 3 meters in width. Go deeply inside the Cave, tourists can see many stalactites with special and strange shapes, which are hanging down without any arrangement.
Ta Phin is being recognized as a famous brocade village. The handmade brocades of the village is colorful and has various designs. Some major products can be listed are backpacks, travel bags, scarves, handbags, purses, and coats. These products are entirely made by skillful hands of H'Mong and Dao Do women. The motifs on brocade are carefully and exquisitely decorated with various images of plants, birds, flowers, trees, etc which always cause curiosity and special attraction for tourists travelling Sapa. Brocade is an indispensable gift for tourists when sightseeing in Sapa. To the ethnic people of Ta Phin, brocades have an important meaning. This is not only used as a thing to decorate and embellish, but also a memento in a wedding day of couples.
Visiting Ta Phin village, tourists should try to use herbs-bathing service. Herbs-bathing is an unique features in daily activities of Dao Do people. Walking around Ta Phin, tourists can see a plenty types of herbs are exposed to the sun. From ancient times, Dao Do people often collect leaves from different medical plants in forests, put them in the boiling water, and bathe with this water. Recognizing that washing by this way is very good for health, local people in the village decided to turn it into a special service serving tourists. If tourists want to try this service, they can enter into a house without permission from owners. According to the tradition of Dao Do, each herbal remedy includes over 10 kinds of herbs, even if sometimes this number reaches at 120. Have just entered into a bathroom, tourists can immediately catch a whiff of fragrant herbs. The water of this herbal remedy has a red color, which looks like a red color of Bordeaux wine. Immersing in the whole body in a wood-bathtub, tourists can experience the refresh and relaxed feeling. According to the local people, washing with the herbal remedy can treat some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis pain, muscle fatigue, sciatica, skin diseases, jaundice and so on. In particularly, for women, the herbs-bathing service will help them have a rosy and smooth complexion.
Having a trip to Sapa, tourists should not ignore visiting Ta Phin village to admire Ta Phin Cave, witness the process of making brocade, experience herbs-bathing service, and taking part in many exciting activities in traditional festivals of the village. This promises to be an unforgettable experience for any tourists visiting this land.