Cat Cat village
Cat Cat Village is located 3km from Sapa Town center, in Hoang Lien Son mountain foot, Cat Cat Village (San Sa Ho Commune, Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province) is well-known destination to whom like discover unique cultures of Northwest mountainous region of Viet Nam.
The Mong ethnic people have lived in Cat Cat Village since the mid of 19th century. In early 20th century, French chose the village for officials to relax. There is a beautiful waterfall, so it becomes the name of village. Cat Cat Village has nearly 80 houses along the brick-paved path, some ones on the mountain sides. Following some hundred steps to Cat Cat center, visitors are attracted by the beauty of Tien Sa, Gold, Silver streams and Cat Cat Waterfall where many tourists stop to take photograph on the Si or A Lu suspension bridges. In the village, each house is some tens of meters far from another. They contain ancient features in architecture. Three – compartment house are roofed with Pomu wood and structured by rafters with three horizontal columns. These columns are placed on round or square stones. Walls are made of sawn timer with three doors: main door is placed in the central compartment of the house, two side doors are placed at the end of the house. The main door is always closed and will be opened only when there is an important even such as Lunar New Year holidays, weddings, funerals, or feasts, inlaid floor for food storage, beds and guest room. The unique thing is rice mortar run by water power.
Besides cultivating and breeding, they have maintained many traditional handicrafts, remarkably growing cotton, flax and clothing weave. Owing to looms, Mong women have made colorful weaved clothing with many patterns imitating trees, leafs, flowers and animals. Cat Cat village is famous with manipulating silver, copper or aluminum jewelry, one of traditional and long term handicraft, which has creates extremely sophisticated products. Visiting Cat Cat Village, tourists can buy women jewelry such as necklace, arms, rings… as souvenirs.