Posted on March 14, 2014 | By Green Apple | Leave a response
Sapa, an unspoiled landscape with full of mystery with whom have never set foot on this “town under fog”, is currently not only well-known for its impressive sceneries but also attracting millions of tourists each month for a unique tourism mode named “home stay”.
Homestay means to stay at home of local residents in which everyone has closely relationship like living in family. Tourists will be directly observed their daily life, as well as eat and join their activities in wooden houses in peaceful settings of poetic valleys or massive endless green of the tropical forests of Hoang Lien Son.
Ta Van Giay is away from Sapa about 10 kilometers with nearly 40 households, up to 2/3 of which serve homestay. Not too sophisticated and luxury, in houses made of woods the host need some mats, blankets or bedding, and re-erect the rest room to warmly welcome anybody desiring to take a homestay. In front of the door overlooking Muong Hoa valley they usually position a number of hammock chairs well serving tourists of having a cup of coffee or more simple is to enjoy the wildly landscape. Remaining the homely and sincere characteristics, the villagers always give you wide smiles even you don’t stay overnight. A vast of tourists coming here is introduced by tourism agents or hotel. With homestay, they can make foods and have meal with the host or they can take a walk around the village to discover the pure and latent beauty of nature and people.
If Ta Van Giay and Ha village attract the visitors by its distinctive features of nature, Ta Phin of Dao people is quite famous for herbal bathing service. After a long trip with excitement of people and nature, you may get tired and exhausted, taking bath with herbal will make you relax and revitalize. The traditional remedies for bathing made by Red Dao people have existed for hundred years. It comprises of more than ten kinds of herbs which help you refresh your body, make your skin smooth and cure numerous diseases. However you don’t need to worry about the price, the Dao do offer herbal baths (between $3 – 6) that are excellent and the best time to have bath is after dinner.
Some tips for having a perfect homestay
- Due to cooking in stilt house, together with less window design houses of the local residents, the house does get quite smoky. If you have any problems with respiration, remember to take care.
- Using mosquito net provided to avoid being bugging.
- Be careful with dogs.
- You can intensely annoy when the roosters cockle-doodle-doo very early in the morning. In case you want to sleep more, remember to take along the ear-phone.
- If at any time you are uncomfortable, feeling ill, or annoyed please let your host know! It is their duty to make sure that you have the best experience possible!