Sapa becomes one of the favorite destinations of local and international tourists because of owning the beautiful landscape. If you want to escape from the stressful life and enjoy the scenery and tranquility, it is highly recommended to come to Muong Hoa Valley in Sapa. It is believed that you will have the most exciting holiday.
Introduction to Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley in Hau Thao commune is located about 8 kilometers from Sapa town to the southeast. From Sapa town, tourists have to cross many high mountains to reach this beautiful valley. Along the tortuous mountain paths, you will see fascinating things.
The valley looks like a sloping hollow. Muong Hoa stream stretches the distance of 15 kilometers and goes through the towns of Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao and Ban Ho.
Muong Hoa stream is the lower section of the famous waterfall in Sapa named Thac Bac. The stream is in the shape of a giant python and along the stream are terraced fields that can be compared to the “stairway to heaven”. In ripening rice season, the valley is embellished with the glittering yellow is reflected on the surface of the water.
22 small streams originate from forests and ravines and flow into the Muong Hoa stream. To easily move between the two banks, the local residents build a rattan bridge crossing the stream.
Interesting information about Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa stream is also an ideal dating place for young men and women in the village. During the spring night when the weather gets warmer, they together catch fish in Muong Hoa stream. They throw some big rocks into the stream to scare the fish. After that, they jump into the water to catch them. As a matter of fact, catching fish is an excuse of the boys for touching the hands of the beautiful girls. The scenery is surrounded by the pure water shimmering in the moonlight, light breezes and swaying branches. This is really a good occasion for young people to confide in each other.
Muong Hoa Valley is also home to the Ancient Rock of Sapa. In the bushes and the terraces, there are many large rocks carved with strange shapes that almost no one is able to explain their origin and meaning. Many shapes which have some similarity to the Dong Son culture and have existed for 2,300 to 3,000 years were found.
Deeply going into the valley, you can admire wonderful images of Muong Hoa Valley. You also have the opportunity to visit remote villages of ethnic groups such as Black H’mong, Red Yao, and Giáy. The local people are hospitable. You will be led to some stunning terraces to learn more the unique farming technique here.
In case you come here on New Year’s Day, it is fortunate for you to experience the New Year’s celebration of Ta Van Commune. It is also called Pooc Roong festival. At first, it was just a traditional festival of the Giáy people. Many years later, it becomes the festival of the whole valley.