Don’t know where to go to see the true beauty and authentic culture of Northern Vietnam? Go Hoang Su Phi.
Hoang Su Phi, an upland district located on the west side of Ha Giang province, the hotspot of Northern Vietnam’s tourism, apparently attracts adventurous tourists the most nowadays. Traveling to Hoang Su Phi, visitors will be charmed by the mighty pristine beauty of wild mountains and terraced fields at the altitude of 1.500m above sea level. Especially, the authentic traditions of the local ethnic minorities are truly amazing for anyone who loves to discover hidden lives of the less known world.
Top things to do in Hoang Su Phi
Whether seeking an outdoor adventure or simply a view on how the locals live, Hoang Su Phi is absolutely the place to satisfy your appetite for a hard-to-forget journey. Authenticity, tranquillity and preservation – these are the best words to describe Hoang Su Phi. Visiting a locale of vibrant culture, characteristic tradition and impressive landscape, one can hardly resist to step further to discover the last corner of Hoang Su Phi, for a unique experience visiting the mountainous destination. So, let the journey begin.
Visiting Phung Village
Covered by the mighty Tay Con Linh and Gia Long mountain chains, Phung Village presents an amazing sight of pristineness and romanticity that must be on top of your to-do-list in Hoang Su Phi. Traveling to Phung Village, tourists may enjoy seeing breath-taking scenes of the terrace fields spanning vertically across the mountains like steps to heaven of the giants. Although the irrigation and drainage system is centuries old, farmers still remain using bamboo infrastructure to transmit water around the mountainside to maintain the terrace floor’s fertile artfully.
If visiting Phung Village during the harvest season, tourists may withhold their breaths before the stunning views of the scene, when the fields spread all over the valley to create a brilliant yellow circle, alternating with streams and forests behind the floating clouds like the garden of God looming large. These beautiful pastures mark the uniqueness all over Hoang Su Phi and give Phung Village a special appeal as a picture of how people live and get harmonized with the sky.
When trekking along a pathway toward the village nestling at mountainside, tourists may see cluster of houses of La Chi people, who will greet visitors with warmth and friendliness. Aside from sharing stories and shelters, one may get lucky enough if visiting Phung Village at festive seasons, when the very local Tet holiday, ceremony of maturity, rain praying, season blessing… taking place. That would be the unique experience visiting Phung Village as the top thing to do when you are at Hoang Su Phi.
Visiting Nam Hong Village
Visiting Nam Hong, which is a small hamlet in the mountainside, tourists may get an opportunity to stay with a local Man Ta Pan (Red Dzao ethnic minority group). Nam Hong village has some great roads offering some fantastic rides for enthusiastic mountain bikers. This region of Hoang Su Phi provides some options for someone who wants some mountainous challenges and who prefer long flat rides.
Visiting Nam Khoa Village
Tourists follow trails winding through rice terraces across Nam Khoa village, a place inhabited by the Long Tunics Dzao and Man Ta Pan ethnic group also. It is a good time to admire the stunning views of the green terraces and discover the lives of locals. The trek itself was not difficult but the weather conditions made it tougher than normal. Therefore, you should search the weather forecast before trekking.
Visiting Phin Ho Village
Continuously, travelers can experience the differences between the Red Dzao and the Long Tunics Dzao, as well as enjoy an amazing meal with garden-produced ingredients. And also not to forget to visit tea fields in Phin Ho village to learn about the oldest Shan Tuyet tea trees (more than 100 years old – giving the famous tea in Vietnam), of which buds have white hairs, and its importance in locals’ culture and lives.
Joining the Hoang Su Phi village fair
The fair opens every Sunday, which offers tourists a great opportunity to learn about the life of the local people. Ethnic groups of the Tay, Nung, H’mong, Ha Nhi and others usually gather early at 6 o’clock in the morning, busily trading products and exchanging information until dusk. They look nice in their beautiful traditional dresses, selling or buying things, talking and drinking happily. In fact, many boys & girls have become husband & wife thanks to their dating in those markets’ meetings. Surely that it will be a very authentic travel experience when joining the weekend local markets in your journey to Hoang Su Phi region.
Climbing Chieu Lau Thi and Tay Con Linh mountains
If you love more adventure treks and conquering the peaks, there are some in Hoang Su Phi for you to climb, in which the famous one named Chieu Lau Thi at 2,402 meters high (the second highest one in Ha Giang) and Tay Con Linh at 2,427 meters high (the highest one in Ha Giang, and the second highest in Vietnam – after Fansipan in Sapa at 3,143 meters). These great mountains offer breathtaking views of the surrounding nature and primeval forests, but tourists must keep in mind a thorough preparation should be made before departing, since the route is not going through locals’ village and may take hours for a round trip.
Home-staying with locals
Home-staying in a local family is a great choice for tourists with an affordable budget while they could also enjoy the real atmosphere of lives around there. Expect no convenience as a high grade hotel, but living with locals, who are willing to share their traditional customs and daily activities, and tasting the host’s home-cooked dishes, tourists may learn and feel the warmest hospitality in their travel journey at Hoang Su Phi.
Enjoying the specialities
Being like a goddess to help dispel the fatigue of a long day and bring a good night’s sleep to the diners, rice soup “Au Tau” is also a specialty that visitors can hardly ignore. Boiled rice soup after adding chicken eggs, onions, peppers, chili, and coriander will rice a sweet smell that diners cannot forget.
Besides the specialties like many other districts of Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi also has a unique food, made up in particular one is the rat meat of the La Chi people (who stay at Phung Village). For the La Chi, rats are not only spiritual but also closely linked to their daily lives. They can process the rat into various delicious dishes such as grilled, fried, and barbecued are most popular.
Like the Kinh eat pork, La Chi people consider the rat meat as a daily food and can be eaten all year round throughout the month. So, if there is a chance to travel to Hoang Su Phi, the rat is the food you definitely have to enjoy.
Above is our suggestion about the top things to do in Hoang Su Phi. If you look for more detail of the tour or wish to have your own itinerary, please hesitate not to contact us for your tailored request.