There are a lot of villages around Sapa, a small town in the mountains in the northwestern Vietnam — we wrote about it in our previous post. Cat Cat is the closest village to Sapa. Although Cat Cat is a little touristy (you even have to pay to enter the village), it is interesting anyway, and the views are breathtaking. The more you travel, the better you understand that there are no places that aren’t interesting at all: you can see great things anywhere, it just depends on what you expect.
The way from Sapa to Cat Cat is about 3 km, and you can easily walk there. Although the way back is more difficult because you have to go up the hill.
Local people are engaged in farming and cattle breeding. Also local women sell handmade jewelry and clothes, bags and wallets with traditional prints. Local women wear traditional clothes every day — black caftans and knee-length shorts. They often have baskets behind their backs — some of them carry souvenirs for sale in Sapa, come carry greenery and vegetables from the fields. As long as tourists visit Cat Cat, there are a lot of shops with souvenirs. Women sew everything right there.
The views of the mountains and rice terraces in Cat Cat are amazing.
The weather on the day that we visited Cat Cat was quite rainy and foggy, so there were nearly no tourists in the village. There were not many local people either — we mainly met children.
The path going through Cat Cat leads to a river with a waterfall. After you cross the river, you need to go up, to the road leading back to Sapa.
There are a lot of animals in the village, buffalos for example — they are used for the work in the fields.
Local black pigs are especially charming.
And of course, there are chickens and geese. And dogs. And spiders.