Cat Cat Village is a Hmong tribe village at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley. It was established by H’mong and Dzao families in the 19th century. The open-air museum-like village has beautiful traditional houses, rice terraces, handicraft shops, and hiking trails. It is a popular place to visit for tourists interested in the culture and ethnicity of the mountain people inhabiting North Vietnam.There is a fee of VND 25,000 charged for entering the village.
Located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the hill station of Sapa, the village can be reached by traveling on foot along the well-trodden trails. Tourists are amazed to find the villagers hard at work during the day with the womenfolk weaving and embroidering cloths. The locals are noted for their brocade products and woven fabrics while many also engaged in fashioning jewelry out of gold and silver. The terraced fields on the mountainside are used to cultivate rice and corn mostly while flax is twisted to be sold as handicrafts. Both sides of Cat Cat village paths are lined with quaint shops that cater to the tourists looking for souvenirs. The architecture of the village homes also bear the hallmark of the Black H’Mong tribe.
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