Muong Hoa Valley: What Do Need To Know

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Apr 06

It is also renowned as the largest farmland in Sapa, lined with vast rice terraces. From Muong Hoa Valley, you can head to nearby areas such as Lao Chai, Cau May or Ta Phin.  If you are planning to go to Muong Hoa Valley, there are a few questions you probably have in mind. If my answers are not sufficient, please leave a comment. Even if I don’t know the answer, I will find it for you.

Muong Hoa Valley

  1.    How do I get to Muong Hoa Valley?

The valley is 10 km far from the town center. There are several ways to get to Muong Hoa Valley. The most common one is motorbike riding. If you know how to drive a motorbike, then you can rent one at some bike rental shops in the town center. But don’t forget to bring your driving license with you. Otherwise, you can catch a motorbike-taxi (known as xe ôm) which costs probably around 5 USD, depending on how well you can bargain. Riding a bike is a sound option for anyone who likes exercising; plus, it is easy to rent a bike in Sapa, but you have to check the bike carefully to avoid unwanted problems during your ride. For trekking lovers, a trek to Muong Hoa Valley is absolutely full of fun and surprises along the way, given that you are in good shape and capable of walking in long hours. If you are not a big fan of either bike or motorbike and trekking is never on your list, then you still can hire a private car to go to Tram Ton Pass and walk to Muong Hoa Valley.

  1.    What makes Muong Hoa Valley so popular?

Muong Hoa Valley is a home of several ethnic minority groups such as H’mong, Red Dzao and Zay. The beautiful terraced rice paddy fields you will see when visiting Muong Hoa valley are the masterpiece of these people. Thanks to their hard work, the valley has become the largest farmland in Sapa. During the harvest season, from September to October, the valley will be engulfed in a mesmerizing yellow color, creating a stunning scenery that dazzles visitors. Moreover, Muong Hoa Valley is famous for the mysterious ancient carved rock field which is located in Ban Pho. The surface of the rocks there is all carved with different graphics and shapes, whose origins haven’t been identified yet. This mysterious rock field is considered precious heritage left by the ancestors. Another place that contributes to the popularity of Muong Hoa Valley is Ta Van Village.

Ta Van is a small village lying quietly inside Muong Hoa Valley. Visiting Ta Van Village, you will have a chance to not only enjoy the scenic view of a wonderful combo: rice terraces dotted with houses of ethnic minorities and vast mountain ranges. From the village center, you can walk to Muong Hoa River within a few minutes. Nowadays, Ta Van Village is a favorite destination for many tourists, which brings a lot of business opportunities to the residents there. Besides farming, local people also provide homestay service, private trekking tours as well as sell brocade products to tourists.

  1.    What should I do to get the best out of Muong Hoa Valley?

From my experience, the best way to fully explore and enjoy Muong Hoa Valley is a trekking homestay. So what does a trekking homestay mean? It means you will have a day to trek and a night to rest at a local homestay. Through a trekking homestay, you will not only be able to explore beautiful spots in Muong Hoa Valley during your trek but also have a chance to immerse yourself into hill-tribe lifestyle and custom. You can book a trekking homestay from some reputable companies such as Sapa Ethic Travel or Sapa O’ chau. Nevertheless, there are many other options for you to enjoy Muong Hoa Valley, for instance, you can book a hotel in the town center and go on one-day tour to Muong Hoa Valley.  The tour price varies according to the number of guests, travel itinerary and service included. For example, Sapa O’Chau offers the tour package called Muong Hoa Village Treks-A day, priced at 25 USD per person for a group of 6. Joining this tour, you will trek through different places in Muong Hoa Village and in its neighborhood. At the final destination, there will be a pickup van waiting for you and drive you back to the town center.

  1.    Is there anything else?

Yes, there is a list of things you should keep in mind.

  •    If you go to Muong Hoa valley by motorbike, driving license is required. Bear in mind that the license should be issued in Vietnam and that no international license is legally substituted. In addition, the road to the valley is curvy; thus, riding slowly and carefully.
  •    You will have to pay 80000 VND ( around 4 USD) for the entrance fee to Muong Hoa
  •    The ethnic minority touts are very doggedly aggressive. Be firm with them and don’t hesitate to say “no” if you are not interested in buying from them.
  •    Pack light if you oft for a trek. Wear robust shoes and prepare snacks and water to keep you energized.

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