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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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