best things to do in Cat Cat village Sapa Vietnam travel guide

Cat Cat Village Sapa In 1 Day: A Complete Guide

Located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Cat Cat village is one of the top names on the list of Sapa attractions.

This article covers all you need to know about Cat Cat village, from how to get there, things to do in Cat Cat village, ticket price and more.

Cat Cat village Sapa travel guide

 

What is Cat Cat village?

Cat Cat village is an ethnic village of H’Mong people.

This village was formed in the middle of the 19th century, and it still preserves important traditional crafts such as planting flax, growing cotton, weaving cloth, casting copper, etc.

things to do in Cat Cat village Sapa Vietnam

 

How far is Cat Cat village from Sapa?

Cat Cat village is located approximately 2 km from Sapa center.

On your way to Cat Cat village from Sapa, you will be able to spot many lovely cafes with breathtaking mountain views.

 

How to get to Cat Cat village?

a) How to get to Sapa

You can get from Hanoi to Sapa easily by train or bus.

Vietnam Railways offers daily trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai, and the price starts at $20 for a cabin bed. As the train stops at Lao Cai station, you will need to take a bus transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa afterward.

On the other hand, the bus from Hanoi to Sapa will drop you at a bus stop or your hotel location, and the price for a bus seat starts at $10.

Please read Hanoi to Sapa transportation guide for more information.

b) How to get from Sapa to Cat Cat village

After arriving at Sapa and leaving your luggage, you should have breakfast before starting your trip to Cat Cat village.

a) Walk to Cat Cat village from Sapa

The road to Cat Cat village is not too difficult, and you will need about 20~30 minutes to reach the place. The roadside scenery is quite poetic, so wander and delve into the majestic mountains!

how to get to Cat Cat village from Sapa

b) Taxi to Cat Cat village

Price for a taxi from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village and vice versa is 100,000 VND (~$4.3), but I’d recommend walking there to enjoy the view.

c) Bike to Cat Cat village

Motorcycles are often parked at the beginning or the end areas of Cat Cat village. Price for motorbike driver is about 20,000 VND / person.

On our way to Cat Cat village, many bike-drivers asked us to get on the bike instead of walking. It was quite tempting because some parts of the roads were dirty.

However, I think it’s still better to walk downhill and enjoy the view. You can take a taxi/ bike when you get back from the village to Sapa.

 

Cat Cat village entrance fee

Visitors must purchase tickets to enter Cat Cat village. The ticket prices are shown below:

  • Adults: 70,000 VND/ person
  • Children: 30,000 VND/ child

Tips: Remember to ask for Cat Cat village map when purchasing the ticket. It will be handy for your trip.

Cat Cat village entrance fee ticket booth

After purchasing the ticket at the ticket booth, you can continue walking down the stone steps to Cat Cat center.

 

How long does it take to visit Cat Cat village?

It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours in total to trek Cat Cat village and exploring the surrounding.

 

Cat Cat village tour

Taking a trekking tour is one of the most popular things to do in Sapa.

The 1-day Cat Cat trekking tour usually combines with other attractions, such as Lao Chai Ta Van trekking. There are many local agencies that you can choose from if you’re interested in taking one.

Besides taking an organized tour, you can find many local villagers who work as a tour guide. I was surprised by how well they could speak English.

 

What are the best things to do in Cat Cat village?

View the beautiful terraced fields

Those who visit Sapa cannot miss the stunning view of terraced fields in Cat Cat village.

The field change colors in each season. While the fields are covered in lush green from April to the end of May, it changes the cover into bright yellow in September.

Unlike ordinary rice fields, the terraced fields here lay layers of layers like steps to heaven, creating a breathtaking scenery.

 

Try H’mong ethnic clothes

Another exciting thing to do in Cat Cat village is to try the costumes of H’Mong people.

things to do in Cat Cat village Sapa Vietnam

Many local stores are renting beautiful ethnic costume in the Cat Cat village area. The types of costumes here are quite diverse, and visitors are spoiled for choosing the clothes they love.

Tips

Rental price per set ranges from 50,000 – 100,000 VND per set.

Before renting, you should remember to check the clothes carefully. You should inform the rental immediately if there is any damage. Renting clothes is also one way to support the local life.

 

Visit Cat Cat rose garden

 

See H’mong traditional crafts

In the display area of the center, you can see how H’mong people make traditional handicraft products.

There are costumes and handbags from brocade, or silver and bronze jewelry such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.

Cat Cat village traditional crafts

 

Watch the traditional dance

Cat Cat village not only attracts visitors with its natural landscape but also with the unique and diverse traditional culture of H’Mong ethnic people.

You’ll get an excellent opportunity to experience, discover customs, religious beliefs of the people, and immerse in the gentle dances.

There’s free performance frequently at the center house, so don’t forget to check it out.

Cat Cat Village Sapa traditional dance performance

 

Relax at Cat Cat village waterfalls

Tien Sa waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in Cat Cat village. Standing near the falls, you can hear the water pouring down while watching the romantic natural scenery.

things to do in Cat Cat village waterfalls

 

Explore the center of Cat Cat village

There are many things that you can do at the center of Cat Cat village.

While some visitors choose to get coffee and enjoy the view, others love wandering around and taking pictures at the steam.

best things to see in Cat Cat village Sapa

You can also take a look inside the traditional house of H’mong people, or sit down and relax at some benches and hammocks nearby.

Cat Cat village house

Cat Cat village travel guide

How to get back?

Crossing the bridge from the right side, you can find the instruction to go back to the second gate. On the map, the exit way will lead to Cat Cat bridge first, then checking gate number 2.

Note: You should not go back to the same path (back to the main gate) because it’s tiring. Going to Gate 2 is easier and you will get a chance to explore different scenery as well.

 

Cat Cat village accommodation

Where to stay in Cat Cat village Sapa?

If you’d like to wake up with fresh air and beautiful mountain view, I’d recommend choosing one of the Cat Cat village homestays.

Fansipan Terrace Cafe and Homestay is an excellent choice for those who love nature but also comfortability. The location is great as it’s close to both the village and town, and the rooms offer beautiful views.

best coffee shop with mountain view in Sapa

Another recommended place to stay near Cat Cat village is Chapi Homestay.

This house is made of wood so it gives the place a rustic feeling and fits the mountain atmosphere perfectly. Chapi is located in the quiet part of the town so you can enjoy a peaceful and cozy time while staying here.

 

What to pack for Cat Cat village?

The temperature in a day in Sapa can change dramatically. It has cold weather like spring in the morning, a warm afternoon like summer, a cool afternoon like autumn and a cold evening like winter.

With such weather, visitors must be flexible in choosing outfits when traveling here.

You should prepare for winter and summer outfits to make changes accordingly. Remember to bring a scarf and gloves to keep your body warm in the evening.

Cat Cat village Sapa attractions

 

Is Cat Cat village worth visiting?

Yes and No.

Cat Cat village may not be your cup of tea if you’re not into touristy areas. As this village is close to Sapa town, it’s a must-stop for many travelers, especially the domestic ones.

Most of the things are catered for tourists, so it may feel like going shopping or visiting a park than exploring a sacred place.

However, if you have time and enjoy trekking, this village is suitable for half a day exploring.

My sister did not like it much because there were so many steps, but if you’re in shape and love trekking, I’d recommend going to Cat Cat village.

 

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