Table Of Contents
- Cat Cat Village introduction
- Cat Cat Village location
- Cat Cat Village Sapa entrance fee
- How to get there?
- The history of Cat Cat Village
- The highlight of Cat Cat Village
- What to explore in the Village?
- Where to stay in Cat Cat Village?
- What and where to eat in Cat Cat Village?
- Travel tips
Cat Cat Village introduction
Sapa, the cloud paradise, is always renowned as one of the hottest spots to discover in Vietnam due to its picturesque beauty and majestic landscapes. In Sapa, there is a beautiful small village called Cat Cat Village. Tourists traveling here always spend time visiting this ancient village because they would like to experience rustic woody houses and try the stunning brocade traditional costumes of the Hmong people.
Today, Culture Pham Travel will introduce to you Cat Cat Village Sapa Vietnam to know the reason why it has attracted so many visitors including domestic and foreign tourists annually. Let’s take a look!
Cat Cat Village location
If you want to go to Cat Cat Village, you should reach Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, first because the village is nestled under the mountain foot. As the top tourist attraction in Vietnam, it is about 2 kilometers from Cat Cat Village to Sapa Town.
Cat Cat Village Sapa entrance fee
Tourists need to buy tickets to enter Cat Cat Village in Sapa Vietnam. The ticket price is 70,000 VND per adult and 30000 VND per child. The village possesses a unique beauty that will not make anyone disappointed.
How to get there?
How to reach Sapa from Hanoi City?
Moreover, when you are at Ha Noi City, the distance will be quite far to reach Sapa Town, about 367 kilometers. Hence, it will take about 5 hours to reach Cat Cat Village by train and 9 hours by motorbike from Ha Noi.
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Sapa – Cat Cat Village
There are so many ways to lead to Cat Cat Village from Sapa. For example, you can walk, take a taxi or bike to the village.
Walk to the Village from Sapa
The road leading to Cat Cat Village is not difficult for you to commute, so if you would like to wander around to enjoy the gorgeous scenery here, you can go trekking to this destination. It will take about 20~30 minutes to the village on foot.
Take a taxi or motorbike to the Village
You are able to take a taxi to Cat Cat Village and vice versa. The cost for one-way is 100000 VND. You can ask for motorbike drivers to take you to Cat Cat Village. The price for each person is about 20000 VND.
However, we highly recommend you to walk to Cat Cat Village because you can enjoy the majestic views of the mountains and fields here. Besides, you can breathe fresh air and feel the wind of Sapa as well. In the end, you can take a taxi or motorbike to return to the city.
Please refer to the Cat Cat Village Sapa map below:
The history of Cat Cat Village
In the 19th century, the local Hmong ethnic established Cat Cat Village. This is the place where Mong ethnic has lived and worked recently. Until the early 20th century, the French figured out this village and turned it into a famous tourist attraction, as well as a beautiful resort for vacation.
The highlight of Cat Cat Village
The houses are made from wood and each house has three typical rooms including three horizontal trusses with three doors placed on three sides of the house The middle door is only opened when there are important occasions such as weddings, funerals, holidays, and Tet.
More importantly, the distance between each house is quite close, about several meters. Hmong’s house includes a shrine room, an attic floor, and a kitchen. Moreover, there is a place, for sleeping and visitors. The attic floor is used for storing food and the most unique thing is mortars here. They are all run by water power.
Besides rice cultivation, the Mong people also conserved and spread traditional crafts such as weaving or carving silver. Furthermore, when visiting Cat Cat Village, tourists will have an opportunity to discover traditional handicraft exhibitions. Skillful artisans create beautiful handicrafts, so you do not need to worry about their quality.
The main colors of their handicraft products are blue, red, white, and yellow in diverse shapes. Also, jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings is very popular and various here. So, you can buy some to bring home as presents for your friends and relatives.
Traditional culture and customs
Cat Cat Village has still kept its traditional culture and customs until now. Especially, there is a custom called “abducting wife”. When the man loves a girl, he will “kidnap” her and take her to his house for about three days. If the girl agrees to be his wife, they will celebrate the wedding. If not, they will become friends and come back to their normal life as there is nothing happened.
Moreover, if you visit Cat Cat Village on the first day of New Year, and are lucky enough, you can join the Gau Tao Holiday of locals here. It is the time when villagers celebrate the new year and pray for good things that will come. As the biggest holiday for Hmong people every year, Gau Tao Holidays express all the cultural aspects and values of Cat Cat Village.
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What to explore in the Village?
Cat Cat fall
When traveling to Cat Cat Village, there is once in a lifetime chance to explore Cat Cat Waterfall. The waterfall originates from the water flow of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. From the far distance, you even can hear the sound of water pouring from the height like a tiger roaring in the middle of the jungle.
Giant water wheels
The locals here successfully used their intelligence to create the giant water wheels serving for pounding rice. These water wheels are made of wood and operated by water power. This giant water wheel is famous as a tourist attraction in the village for tourists to check-in.
Of course, it will be a big loss if you do not discover woody Mong’s houses in Cat Cat Village. These houses have another name called “House Presentation”. Do you want to explore the unique architecture of these houses? Let’s choose the most impressive one and ask for permission from locals to enter the house and listen to the stories behind these houses!
The essential part that you should not miss is to taste local cuisines in any destination you come to. In Cat Cat Village, there are several dishes for you to try. For example, you can eat Thang Co, the most famous dish of the Hmong people, or Khang Gai and so much other delicious food. Besides, if you travel in a group, it is so great to sit in a circle and drink corn wine. We ensure that this is a meaningful and happy moment for your journey in Sapa.
Cat Cat market
The open-air market in Cat Cat Village is to meet the needs of tourists, so the price is quite reasonable and fair. Visitors can find many interesting things here. For instance, there are tasty foods, beautiful clothes, adorable handicraft products, and eye-catching souvenirs. Hence, you can buy them for yourself or bring them back home as gifts.
Where to stay in Cat Cat Village?
If you plan to stay at Cat Cat Village in Sapa overnight and find a comfortable place for resting, there are so many homestays and hotels for you to choose from. Please refer to the list below to select the most suitable one for you:
Cat Cat Garden Hotel
Cat Cat Garden Hotel is located at 79 Fansipan, San Sa Ho Commune, Lao Cai. It is about 0.4kilometer from Cat Cat Village. This place is an ideal place for you to breathe fresh air and enjoy the spectacular views. Moreover, the hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool. The price ranges from 700,000 VND/night.
Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa
Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa is situated at 30 Hoang Lien Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai. The hotel is quite near Cat Cat Village, about 0.8 kilometers. The cost for each room is from 1,000,000 VND/night.
Sapa Vista Hotel
Located at 70 Fansipan, Sapa Town, Lao Cai, Spa Vista Hotel is far about 0.7 kilometers from Cat Cat Village. You can enjoy the majestic view of the mountain. The price is from 400,000 VND/night.
What and where to eat in Cat Cat Village?
What to eat?
Thang Co is well-known as a famous delicacy in the area of Northwestern Vietnam, especially the cloud paradise – Sapa. Thang Co is “meat soup” in the ethnic language. This soup includes a lot of flavorful ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and other species.
The main meats are horse meat, pork, beef, and even goat meat. If you have a chance to visit Sapa, you have to try Thang Co because you cannot find this dish anywhere else in Vietnam, except in Sapa.
Bamboo sprout frog dish
The bamboo sprout frog dish is very delicious to try. It is a must-eat dish when traveling to Sapa and coming by Cat Cat Village. This dish is full of flavor and is well-known for being a popular food in every meal of the Mong people. However, travelers are so into bamboo sprout frog dishes and considered it the top dish you should try in Cat Cat Village.
Grilled stream fish
Another food that you should try when visiting Sapa Cat Cat Village is grilled stream fish. These fish are caught from the stream at 2000 meters in height. Locals often fry or grill fish to keep the natural flavors.
Khang Gai is one of the special local cuisines in Sapa. Meats can be pork, beef, buffalo, horse, or goat. This meat will be mixed with flavors and species, then locals will fry it by smoke and hang it in the kitchen.
Although people will keep the meat for a long time, even up to years, the meat still has the same taste as its original taste. When cooking, the meat can be steamed, grilled, or cooked with vegetables as well as bamboo sprouts.
There is a dish to challenge your sense and bravery called chicken blood. According to the cultural values and ideology of the Mong and Dao ethnic, chicken blood represents fortune, so when you travel to Sapa Vietnam Cat Cat Village, let’s try this dish if you can!
Where to eat?
Here is the list of restaurants you can visit to taste good delicacies in Cat Cat Village:
Aira Restaurant & Bar
Aria Restaurant & Bar is a famous restaurant situated at 30 Hoang Lien, Aira Boutique Hotel, Sapa, Lao Cai. The distance is 0.8 kilometers from the village. Furthermore, the restaurant offers Vietnamese cuisine and famous Asian dishes for customers to try.
Cat Cat Riverside Restaurant
Located in Cat Cat Village, San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai, Cat Cat Riverside specializes in local food, street food, barbecue, and fast food. Besides, the restaurant also serves delicious coffee and drinks for its customers.
Gem Valley Restaurant
You can find Gem Valley at Cat Cat Village. This restaurant offers local specialties, Vietnamese cuisine, and some Asian dishes. The menu of this restaurant is quite diverse, so you can enjoy a lot of delectable food here with several choices.
Good Morning Vietnam Restaurant
Good Morning Vietnam is a restaurant located about 0,8 kilometers from Cat Cat Village. It’s address is at 63B Fansipan Street, Sapa, Lao Cai . The restaurant serves Vietnamese cuisine and Asian dishes. Especially, tourists are able to try French dishes here.
- Because some children do not like to go to school, please do not give money to them! If can, you can give them books or pencils for a better future.
- Avoid taking photos of children at a close distance (putting the camera in front of their face)
- The best time to visit Cat Cat Village is from April to June and September as well as October since this is the time when Sapa in general, and Cat Village Sapa in particular, shows all the gorgeous beauty to you.
- You should come to the market at the weekend because, at this time, the village is extremely crowded with a lot of Chinese tourists.
In conclusion, there is all information about Cat Cat Village that Culture Pham Travel would like to share with you. Sapa, or Cat Cat Village, has become extremely famous has its own reasons. If you want to confirm authenticity, let’s visit Sapa and make a Sapa Cat Cat Village tour! We hope that you will have the greatest journey in Cat Cat Village.