Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam

Cat Cat Village was founded in the nineteenth century during the assembly of families from several ethnic groups living in the hilly parts of northern Vietnam. This popular cultural village in Sapa is known for its stunning landscape, cascading waterfalls, water mills, and rice terraces. In this article, you can discover the best things to do during your visit to Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam!

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    Discover the things to do at Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam

    Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam

    Best Things to Do at Cat Cat Village

    You can experience many things at Cat Cat Village. The most exciting feature that you should look forward to seeing is the amazing views. The village offers a beautiful landscape with a line-up of spellbinding rice terraces, large waterfalls, water mills, and streams. Be prepared to be impressed by the extraordinary surrounding that will surely captivate you.

    Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam
    Discover the best things to do at Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam
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    Cat Cat Village features gorgeous rice terraces, waterfalls and water mills.

    Trekking Routes & Duration

    If you are planning to trek, keep in mind that the routes can get challenging. Make sure you bring along suitable hiking boots and put on comfortable attire. There is a lot of climbing up and down and steep steps to negotiate. In addition, when it rains, the land becomes muddy and certain parts get slippery.

    Trekking from Sapa to Cat Cat Village takes approximately 3 to 4 hours or across 2.5 km. It is recommended to hire a guide to save time. During the journey, you will get a chance to see with your own eyes the manner of life of the ethnic minority population, including the Hmong people. Domestic animals such as pigs, roosters, ducks, and even buffalos will make their appearances along the way.

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    Trekking from Sapa to Cat Cat Village takes approximately 3 to 4 hour with plenty to see.

    Try on Hmong Ethnic Costumes

    During your trip to Cat Cat Village, you can try on the Hmong ethnic clothes as you explore the area. You can easily find local vendors renting these beautiful handsewn ethnic costumes in different sizes and designs. The rental fee for each set is between 50,000 to 100,000 VND.

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    Put on the Hmong ethnic costumes at Cat Cat Village for a complete experience

    Shop for Traditional Handicrafts

    You can purchase traditional souvenirs and handicrafts directly from the talented craftsmen at Cat Cat. Some vendors will also offer you unique local snacks when you make your way up the hill. When you explore the village, you will notice women sewing and crafting, with a particular interest in making brocades with nature-inspired patterns such as flowers, birds and leaves. On top of that, silver and gold jewelleries of high quality are also sold here.

    When you arrive at the Si Bridge en route to the Tien Sa waterfall, you will come across stalls selling specialty Hmong handicrafts, delicious homemade corn wine, as well as naturally and colourfully dyed clothes.

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    Shop for traditional handicrafts at Cat Cat Village

    Other Must-do Activities

    Another exciting thing you can do is to watch or even participate in local dance performances. Don't forget to check out the cultural shows which are performed regularly at the Nhà Hàng Dũng Thu center. Additionally, you can also make your way to the Rose Garden which is the most Instagrammable spot in the village.

    Another must-see popular attraction is the Tien Sa Waterfall. Be prepared to be swoon over the beautiful and thundering cascading falls as you fall in love with the beauty of nature.

    Entrance fees

    To enter the Cat Cat Village, visitors must pay an admission fee. The ticket prices, as of 2022, are as follow:
    Adults: 70,000 VND per person.
    Children: 30,000 VND per person.

    How to get to Cat Cat Village

    Cat Cat village is located only about 2.5 kilometres from Sapa. It's a downward trek through the rice fields with a lot of steps. It is advisable for you to get a local tour guide as this will not only save your time but also ease your journey. Alternatively, you can hop onto a taxi from Sapa to get directly to the ticket booth at Cat Cat Village for around 100,000 VND.

    Cat Cat Village in Sapa, Vietnam
    Cat Cat Village makes the perfect short one-day trip from Sapa, Vietnam

    Contact Information

    Address: San Sả Hồ, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam
    Opening hours: 6am–6pm 

    If you’re dreaming of a relaxing short getaway, a trip to Cat Cat Village in Sapa is highly recommended for you! Beautiful scenery, traditional customs, and a breath of modern life coexist in harmony on the outskirts of this Sapa town, leaving a lasting impression on its visitors. A trip here will easily melt your stress away!

    Don't forget to share your travel & dining moments with us on Instagram by tagging @rollinggrace or #RollingGrace. Happy travelling!


    1. Wow... what an enchanting place to visit. This place looks like a magical realm. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    2. First time i heard about Cat Cat village in Vietnam. Really beautifull and its good place to visit out of city area and peacefull

    3. Cantiknya view dia, banyak aktiviti boleh buat. Oakian tradisonal lawa coraknya

    4. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm putting this one in my bucket list too - wanna try the costumes too

    5. This Cat Cat Village is in my itinerary during my Birthday trip back in April 2020.. Unfortunately, i have to cancel my trip due to the unforeseen incident happened during that year... gonna re-plan my trip again soon. thanks for sharing this, very insightful for my reference.. nice village to visit kan.. so unique and beautiful

    6. omg camteknya village ni.. serius bestnya...teringin nak jejak kaki ke sini

    7. cantik betul tempat ni! teringinnya nak melawat ke sana satu hari nanti :)

    8. Wow this village is a hidden gem, going to explore when i m there

    9. nice sharing, very details and really helpful for first time traveller. perhaps one day i can go here and try the ethic costume


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