Cat Cat Village is within 20-30 minute walk from Sapa city center. We went down some paved stairs after paying the admission fee (30,000 VND). Although it was raining and foggy on the day we visited the place, Cat Cat Village still offered some breathing taking rice paddy views.
Sapa rice terraces
We took about a 2-3 km hike through the village. It offered a glimpse into the daily life of a big minority group, Black Hmong. They are much more friendly and definitely not as aggressive as the Red Zao ladies.
Cat Cat Village
Black H’mong at Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat Village
The hike through the mountains and rice paddies was just picture perfect. There was a nice waterfall about half-way. And with this village, we got to see how the local people really lived and worked.
Cat Cat Village Waterfalls
Water buffalos play an important role in Sapa because they help to plough the rice fields as there are no modern machinery to do this type of work at Sapa. During your trek to the villages, you will have a chance to see water buffalos at work or grazing leisurely on the rice terraces.
My perception of this village is that it’s functioning like a live and interactive museum. You are easily led around the village by almost being forced to follow the paved path taking you to the village’s main attractions such as the waterfalls. But do not let my perceptions put you off, Cat Cat is well worth a visit. I strongly recommend that you walk both to and from as the scenery is absolutely beautiful. Although, the climb back up to Sapa, Vietnam town proper is quite steep.