Ta Phin village the most famous village in Sapa which is located about 17km in the west of Sapa. This is a village of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life.
Ta Phin is the nearest village of Red Dao’s ethnic group within the area of Sapa district. It will take about 30 minutes from Sapa town to reach Ta Phin village by motorbike. The road is very difficult for car to move, the best to reach this village is hiring a “Xe om” (motorbike taxi) and the experienced driver will take you to the right place at a very reasonable price with many useful advices and tips.
Arriving to Ta Phin, you will immediately catch sight of groups of Red Dao’s women gathering together, and keeping inside their hands colorful reels of thread and cloths. Although offering the goods to the customers, they still sew continuously. Almost of them can speak quite well, some of them use English more than Vietnamese. Since 1998, Ta Phin village has officially become the “brocade village” in Sapa, where can find the distinctively hand-made brocades made by locals. They are eye-catching with numerous bright colors and patterns, ranging from scarf, bag, purse, to skirt, and even backpack and coat. This village is also the main supply of brocades for shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, they are exported to foreign countries as well.
Nowadays, Ta Phin Village still keeps its special traditions. Sometimes, you can participate in a Red Dao’s wedding, to know how carefully they prepare and many complicated customs for this occasion. You also join several local festivals such as: dancing, oath-taking ceremony or greeting for the new house, which will help you understand more about the simple but happy and amiable life of ethnic people.