About 7km from Sapa town, Lao Chai Ta Van is known as a place of residence of many ethnic people: HMong, Dzao, Giay … If the town of Sapa is busy and crowded with people and traffic, in Lao Chai Ta Van you feel peaceful and surprised tranquility.
Lao Chai Ta Van makes you impressed by the vast terraced fields spread across the hillsides. If you travel to Lao Chai Ta Van from April to September, you will have the opportunity to see the golden rice fields as a beautiful landscape painting. Rice season is also the time where the village is fun and warm. The aromatic rice is blossoming into the wind, spreading in space as inviting tourists to come and experience the life of the people of the mountain region.
Lao Chai and Ta Van are in the valley, between the Hoang Lien Son Range and Ham Rong Mountain, only seven km from Sa Pa town center. It is inhabited by ethnic minorities such as Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay … A peaceful place, not as exciting as Sa Pa with terraced rice fields and crops spread across the. mountains, hills, extending to the door. Giay people in Ta Van and some other ethnic minorities live mainly on lowland, rice cultivation near the water source to grow wet rice. Hmong people also planted maize, cassava, upland rice on the high hillside and the mountainside behind the village. In Ta Van, we enjoy traditional dishes of local people such as roast chicken, banana, leafy rolls, sticky rice, and sweet taste of corn wine, cider wine and especially red wine made from red plum.
Tourists are also instructed to prepare their own meals with the available products from the mountains. At Lao Chai Ta Van, there is one thing that makes tourists very excited, that is the incarnation of Giay or Dao people, Hmong people in the costume ethnic beauty to take pictures. Nearby is an ancient stone reef with many mysterious motifs caved on the stone, containing the message of the ancient inhabitants of the city.
Type of tourism – community service (homestay) was first deployed in Ta Van in 1997 by Mr. Hoang Van Muc, a Giay veteran initiated. Recognizing the need of tourists increasingly interested in learning the culture, lifestyle of the villagers themselves and thanks to the active guidance of some tour guides, Mr. Meng began to business, Give this service to guests. Lao Chai Ta Van has more than 150 households and more than 50 households registered as homestay models, each with a capacity of 10 to 20 people, averagely in season. Visitors to Ta Van village will experience live life with their host family and learn directly their customs. The overnight stay at Ta Van is quite cheap, ranging from VND50 to VND100,000 depending on room type. However, there are also high-class rooms built by businesses investing up to more than one million per night.
According to many families who do homestay services in Lao Chai Ta Van communes, they said: “Foreign tourists are very interested in the natural landscape and are interested in exploring the life of local people. As for Vietnamese guests, mostly young people who love discovery. Wilderness meals with barbecue meat dishes, sleep on the wooden planks and birds singing special appeal to tourists. Communicating with foreign tourists was initially difficult due to the lack of native English speakers, who also had to resort to tourist guides. Gradually, due to the need, many in the village went to foreign languages and taught them to others, so communication became easier. Coming to Lao Chai and Ta Van, guests also enjoy the special dances, deeply national identity, help diversify and bring the attraction for community tourism, not merely the service.