Cat Cat Village – Learn About the Fascinating Black H’mong Ethnic Minority of Sapa While Visiting Waterfalls
October 12, 2019
Originating from China, the Black H’mong is the largest group of ethnic minorities who arrived in Sapa approximately 300 years ago. It’s easy to recognise them with their black jackets decorated with brightly coloured batik flowers and their legs wrapped with black scarves tied with bright ribbons. Some of them have a black band around their heads, while others wear a huge hat to shield their already sun-stricken face. Nestled at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley, the Cat Cat Village provides tourists with a chance to explore the life of the Black H’mong ethnic minority.
Inside the Cat Cat Village, you’ll get to watch a music and dance performance by the Black H’mong ethnic minority, see H’mong traditional houses, and shop for handmade crafts and local delicacies. You’ll also get to experience the beauty of rice terraces, waterfalls, flower gardens, and come across a hydroelectric plant which was built by the French in 1925, and has been functioning since then.
When visiting the Cat Cat Village, please take note of the following:
– Do not enter ethnic homes unless designated as a “Traditional House”.
– Please respect the Black H’mong local customs and traditions.
– Please dispose of waste in the proper containers.
– Visitors should avoid the river during heavy rain or flood.
– Visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes.
– Please do not pick flowers, cut the trees, or step on flower beds.
Visiting the Cat Cat Village is not just an educational experience where you get to learn about the ethnic minority; there is plenty of photo opportunities as well. It’s a wonderful attraction in Sapa that’s great for families, from young to old.
Cat Cat Village
It takes around 45 minutes to an hour to trek from Sapa city centre to the Cat Cat Village, depending on your speed.
Opening Hours: Daily 6am to 6pm.
Admission Fee: 70,000 vnd (adult) and 30,000 vnd (child)