If you want to explore unique lives of ethnic people regardless of self-organized or buying from a travel agent, just read the following information, it may help you in planning your Sapa tours. Genuine homes owned by local people in Sapa villages allow you to experience the local culture of this area as well as support the local community. If you trek for more than a day in Sapa, the advice for you is booking a homestay service, rather than return back to stayed hotel in Sapa town.
Experiencing homestay in Sapa will be the great opportunity for you to stay in the middle of a rural village in the Northern of Vietnam, surrounded by beautiful fields and interesting local culture. Some organized aspects of your stay there such as fresh, local food tasting (cooking lessons if you wish), guided tours of the local area or nearby, as well as further fields. You can also, like fast visitors, choose to get involved with the local community, including teaching English to children from the village and even farming with the local people.
Here are some good homestays in Sapa’s villages :
Mrs Thao Thi May – Lao Chai Village
Set up in 2009, Ms. Thao Thị May homestay was the first example of a homestay run by the Black Hmong minority people in Vietnam. Widowed at early age? (which age?) with 3 small children, this host has been able to support herself and her family through the income earned from this homestay service. She is energetic, very friendly, speaks good English and will make sure your stay with her is memorable and comfortable. Her homestay can leave space for up to 10 people. Her contact: 01662066593.
Mrs Ly Man May – Ta Phin Village
Reknown for setting up the first homestay in Ta Phin, homestay in Ta Phin village runs a professional homestay. The homestay in this village is from the Red Dao tribe. The host is a good cook, and the homestay is well-known. The homestay has space for 15 to 20 people. The contact: 0943159821 or 01683542199.
Other homestay addresses in Ta Van village: Muong Hoa restaurant and homestay : 0988910004, Ta Van Ecologic Homestay: 0913966845.
If you come to Sapa in winter, you can experience how the locals huddle around the stove fire to keep warm. Your hosts may offer you rice wine, to help you keep warm. To keep warm in bed at night, you may ask for more blankets. The locals don’t have what is so called the luxury of an electric blanket or radiator to warm their house.
Tours in Sapa:
A real life sapa package is combination between the local special markets with the daily life of hill tribe at home stay along the Muong Hoa River with the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. This is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. Come and experience. See details
The cities of Sapa and Bac Ha are located west of the province of Lao Cai. They are known for their landscapes, quaint customs of ethnic minorities who live there and their beneficent climate all year round. It is an ideal destination for those who love hiking in nature and want to explore life in the mountains.
You will be impressed by the vibrant life of local minorities (Black H’mong, Red Dao, Thai) who sell in markets embroideries, silver jewelry, clothes and traditional items. See details