Where to visit Vietnam during COVID-19? Is it safe when visiting Vietnam? Cat Cat village in Sa Pa, Lao Cai is suggested to be 1 among seven most beautiful villages around the world that tourists should visit during the COVID-19 pandemic by the South China Morning Post.
There are many places that is safe for tourism to visit during the COVID-19. As Vietnamese Government close borders and issue visa due to COVID – 19 and encourage people to visit inbound, if you are stuck in Vietnam and these countries, you can travel to these place.
Cat Cat village is a famous place nowadays that there aren’t any Vietnamese locals don’t know. This village located in Sa Pa, Lao Cai province, the north of Vietnam. It is situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Muong Hoa valley. The South China Morning Post described Cat Cat as a region of rugged peaks, rivers and rice terraces populated by the Hmong people.
It is easy for foreigners to reach this beautiful village from the province’s Sa Pa Town by walking around 2km towards the Fansipan Mountain. Fansipan is also the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula (comprising Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), hence its nickname “the Roof of Indochina” so if you have time, you can take a visit to this famous mountain as well. For those who love to explore the life in the mountainous area, Sa Pa is an ideal destination which gives you unforgettable experience.
Once visiting Cat Cat village, you will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries. The most popular scenic that tourists can easily catch is the sight of women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade, while children are playing around with pets or even livestock.
Women in Cat Cat village have great dexterity, they can carefully dye them with special leaves and embroider beautiful patterns of flower and animal on the plain brocade. Not just stop there, many residents of Cat Cat Village are also skillful at manipulating sophisticated gold and silver jewelry.
The original architect of H’Mong people is interesting also. They build their house typically containing three rooms with three doors and po mu wood roof, while the walls’ material is sawn timber. There are other indispensable parts of the house like altar, kitchen, places for keeping food and sleeping.
Hongcun in China
Another village mentioned by the South China Morning Post is Hongcun in China’s Anhui province, it is also listed by Unesco World Heritage. The village was built 900 years ago in the shape of an ox, with Leigang Hill as the head, it looks like a watercolor painting come to life.
Dwellings are connected by a network of waterways that feed into Nanhu (South Lake) and Yuezhao (Moon Pond) that’s illuminated by rows of lanterns each evening. Hongcun is one among many candidates for the title of Venice of the East and served as a backdrop for several scenes within the Oscar-nominated film.
In bewitching Lofoten Islands, Norway has an immaculately preserved fishing village called Nusfjord.
According to the South China Morning Post, historical buildings that are the attractions on a DIY village walking tour include the overall store, a cod liver oil factory, a blacksmith, a smokery (for smoking salmon) and a whaling museum. A coastal hiking trail links Nusfjord with the small settlement of Nesland. Allow five hours to finish the trip.
Huai Sua Tao, Thailand
Thailand – land of the free – has many ethnics and their villages become famous cultural destination. Huai Sua Tao is one of Thailand’s many “long neck villages” – which is very popular with international tourism. The inhabitants in this village are Kayan tribe members whose families escaped conflict in Burma (now Myanmar) during the 1980s and were settled in refugee camps.
What makes Huai Sua Tao become special? In the pursuit of beauty, females traditionally wear heavy brass rings to elongate their necks and it wasn’t long before these so-called giraffe women became a tourist attraction. When visiting this village, tourists can poke fingers into the rings or take photos with women.
Supai, Arizona, America
Last year, almost six million tourists visited the Grand Canyon National Park but they don’t know there also has the only village within the ancient gorge lying hidden away in the craggy sandstone formations. Supai, Arizona is 13km from the nearest road and is the most remote community in the lower 48 states of America. It’s hard to get there because the only way to reach the settlement, and stunning turquoise waterfalls, is by helicopter, on foot or by mule, this is the way that mail is delivered as well.
Being a part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, this village is home of the “people of the blue-green waters”. They live in the Grand Canyon for more than 800 years and today generate income from admission and camping fees.
The South China Morning Post also list Maasai settlement as an indispensable destination on the journey to Kenya and Tanzania.
When coming to this village, tourists will be welcomed by the Maasai tribe visitors with traditional songs and dances. The cattle-herding tribesmen know that they are commercializing Maasai culture but they are willing to play along to keep tourists happy and the coffers topped up.
While visiting Maasai, you can find that the men dress in brightly coloured robes and brandish spears and you may have the opportunity to buy beaded necklaces and bracelets which is showed off by the women.
The last beautiful places in this list is Clovelly – a traditional fishing village in England which was formed in 1242. If you want to leave the noisy cities, you can visit this European countryside village and feel the peaceful rural life in Clovelly. By somehow marvelous way, there is no engine noise from the vehicles, only pedestrians and donkeys pulling piles on the gravel road.
The South China Morning Post suggested 7 most beautiful villages that foreigners should not miss out when travelling to these countries. As you see, Cat Cat village in Vietnam ranks top 1 and we’re sure that a trip to Sapa will give you memorable experience.