Sin Chai village is only 4 km from the town center; thus, despite the fact that the trekking paths are hilly and seasonally muddy, I would suggest that you walk there yourself or join a trekking tour to go with a local guide given that you are in a good shape and fond of trekking. Otherwise, you can easily get there by either taxi or motorbike. It is easy to find a taxi in the town center and it costs around 3 USD to get to Sin Chai Village. If you want to create a more adventurous experience, you can rent a motorbike for a full day, which costs around 10 USD. Since the road around the village is really small as its width is only enough for one motorbike at a time, upon arrival at the village, you will have to continue walking around to discover the unspoiled beauty of Sin Chai as it is surrounded by photogenic natural setting formed by the vast rice terraces, lush forests, and crystal streams.
Terraced rice field is the signature farming field of the northwestern mountainous provinces in Vietnam such as Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Lai Chau to name a few. If you want to view the beautiful scenery of the terraced rice fields, then Sin Chai village is an ideal destination. The vast picturesque rice terraces are the masterpiece of the H’mong people there. During the harvest season, which is from September to October, the village spots out with its yellow appearance. The shiny yellow color of the rice terraces blended with the bright green color of hill forests creates a lively drawing of nature. It is the best time for you to capture the marvelous grandeur of the terraced rice fields in Sin Chai Village. Besides rice farming, the H’mong people also grow corn and vegetables to supply for themselves as well as to exchange at the local market.
Visiting Sin Chai Village, you will have a chance to not only see the vast terraced rice fields of the H’mong people there but also explore and learn more about their unique culture. The Black H’mong people’s wooden houses in Sin Chai village are rugged looking. The H’mong people in Sin Chai village still follow their traditional customs and lifestyle, living in harmony with domesticated animals and natural habitats surrounding them. The H’mong people in Sin Chai village are also well-known for their longevity. Especially, H’mong women live longer than H’mong men. There is no reliable explanation for this, but fresh air, clean environment, organic food, and gene are considered some elements attributing to the H’mong people’s longevity.
The best thing I like about this tranquil village is that there are absolutely no touts chasing tourists around. The local people are truly friendly and peaceful. While walking around the village, you can come across some kids happily playing with their buffalos in a nearby stream. If you want to get away from some touristy places and get in touch with the pristine nature, then Sin Chai village is definitely worth your visit. There are several Sapa tours that include Sin Chai Village as one of the sightseeing destinations. For example, the one-day tour organized by Paradise Travel, with the itinerary: Sapa-Sin Chai-Cat Cat- Y Linh Ho, costs around 54 USD. The price covers transportation, meals, tour guide and entrance fee. For trekking lovers, there are many trekking tours to Sin Chai Village with reasonable price. For instance, Sapa Stunning View Hotel operates a one-day trekking tour to Sin Chai Village, offering the tour at a price of 15 USD/ person for a group tour and 25 USD/person for a private tour. Since Sin Chai village is on the same way to Cat Cat Village, it is advisable to choose the tour that includes these villages to save time.
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