Discover the peaceful beauty at Lo Lo Chai Village, Ha giang

by Lam Pham

Lo Lo Chai village, situated just about 1km from Lung Cu flagpole, is often compared to a fairyland due to its breathtaking natural beauty. If the charm of this village has captivated your heart, don’t hesitate to embark on a journey to Ha Giang and discover this serene haven for yourself! Join Karst Plateau to uncover the unique allure that makes this village so special.

1. Introduction to Lo Lo Chai village

Nestled in the middle of the windy highlands, Lo Lo Chai Village is like a fairy tale land straight out of a comic book

Lo Lo Chai village (in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district) is located close to the northernmost point of Vietnam, about 1.5 km from the Lung Cu flagpole. Lo Lo Chai is home to 114 households of the Lo Lo and Mong ethnic groups. Without owning high-rise buildings or modern and bustling commercial centers, Lo Lo Chai Village preserves many community cultural values of ethnic groups on the beautiful Dong Van rock plateau. This village is likened to a fairy world because it possesses peaceful and beautiful houses like in the stories we often hear from childhood. For those who are looking for a place to escape from the smoky city, this fairytale-like Lo Lo Chai Village will be the ideal destination that you can save in your travel guide.

2. The ideal time to visit Lo Lo Chai village

From January to March – spring is brilliant with forest peach blossoms, and plum blossoms blooming white in the sky

Ha Giang’s climate is cool all year round, even, dark to chilly even in summer. Winters here are very cold, some regions appear frosty. In general, the average annual temperature of Ha Giang is only about 21-23 degrees Celsius.

Ha Giang tourists can visit this place regardless of the time of year. However, the peak season for tourists is still from October to December – buckwheat season. From January to March – spring is brilliant with forest peach blossoms, and plum blossoms blooming white in the sky.

And if you come in the summer, from May to June, Lo Lo Chai Ha Giang village is somewhat more energetic because of the summer sunshine, the terraced fields sparkle with pouring water, and the trees are also green, suitable to avoid the heat. Therefore, you can travel to Ha Giang all year round, depending on your preferences and time.

3. How to move to Ha Giang?

Lo lo chai village is 150km from Ha Giang city center

Currently, you have many options for transportation to Ha Giang. You can choose to travel by plane, coach, or motorbike:

Plane: For tourists in the South and Central regions, you should choose to travel by plane to Hanoi, then from Hanoi to pick up a bus or rent a motorbike to go to Ha Giang.

Motorbikes: For those who are passionate about conquering spectacular roads, motorbikes are a great choice.

Passenger cars: At bus stations such as My Dinh, Yen Nghia, Gia Lam, etc. You can choose reputable car companies to move to Ha Giang. Karst Plateau suggests some reputable car manufacturers such as Ngoc Cuong, Manh Quan, Quang Nghi, Cau Me, etc,  with prices ranging from 220,000 – 350,000 VND/trip.

After visitors arrive in the center of Ha Giang City, the journey to Lo Lo Chai is still 150km long and challenging. Visitors follow National Highway 4C in the direction of Dong Van town or Lung Cu flagpole, after about 5 hours to arrive. Along the way, one side is the towering cliff road, and the other side is the abyss, stimulating brave hearts. The journey to Lo Lo Chai is arduous and hard, but it is guaranteed to give visitors the most interesting and unique experience on the trip.

4. What does Lo Lo Chai Village have?

Amidst the majestic and vast mountains and forests, the image of a village hidden in the morning mist further adorns the scenery of this place

Lo Lo Chai Ha Giang village is home to only 114 households. In the past, people mainly lived by farming, but due to the unfavorable terrain and soil conditions of the rocky plateau, people’s lives were still difficult. Later, when developing tourism, people’s lives were significantly improved.

However, this place still retains its pristine and idyllic appearance with the culture of life, festivals, and traditional cuisine, bearing the characteristics of the Lo Lo ethnic group such as ancestor worship ceremony, forest god worship ceremony, weaving rental, drum dance, folk games, etc.

Even the housing architecture in Lo Lo Chai Ha Giang village is still intact, which is the architecture of the wall with the roof tiles. Wall fences made of stacked stones, brown earthen walls, corn dried on the rafters, there are even small fields in front of the house growing peach or broccoli trees. The construction technique is simple but no less solid, enough to withstand natural disasters for many generations.

The people in Lo Lo Chai Ha Giang village are very honest, and gentle

The people in Lo Lo Chai Ha Giang village are very honest, and gentle. As it turns out, not only peaceful and beautiful, but this small village also makes people nostalgic for human love. Perhaps it is this warmth that helps young people feel the difference between Lo Lo Chai and the crowded, noisy city out there.

5. Best Things To Do When Visiting Lo Lo Chai

Lo Lo Chai is a special place that preserves the culture, traditions, and spirit of the highland people of Ha Giang. When visiting this village, here are the best things you can do:

5.1 Go around admiring the houses

The houses in Lo Lo Chai Village are built mainly with old corrugated iron or tile roofs

When stepping through the village gate, visitors feel lost in another world with dark brown yin-yang tile-roofed houses. In front of the house are gray stone fences stacked on top of each other, as high as human heads. Interspersed are the greens of lush corn plots growing on barren rocky lands. The walls, signs, and guides are all in English and Vietnamese. The houses here are bold characteristics of the Lo Lo people built according to traditional architecture, half-earth stilt houses. yes: 50 cm thick earthen walls always keep the house warm.

5.2 Check in at Lo Lo Chai village

Surrounded by high cliffs and green hills, it offers breathtaking views wherever you look

Walking through the village, you will see narrow paths between the houses. You’ll also see locals recounting their daily lives, working in the fields, or making crafts. Another impressive thing about this village is its stunning natural beauty. Surrounded by high cliffs and green hills, it offers breathtaking views wherever you look, from terraced fields to crystal-clear streams flowing through valleys. Gliding through the valley is a network of clear rivers and streams, their waters sparkling in the sunlight as they pour down from the mountains. These waterways provide irrigation for the fields and serve as a vital lifeline for the villagers.

Take beautiful photos at Lo Lo Chai Village

5.3 Experience living in people’s homes

This is an interesting experience that you should not miss at Lo Lo Chai village

Homestay is a way to experience the daily life of this rural village. Spending a night here allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures of village life. Imagine waking up every morning sipping tea watching the elderly running errands, children playing, women doing manual tasks like dyeing fabrics or making traditional cakes.

Each homestay has a spacious garden to relax in, beautiful mountain views, and a peaceful village atmosphere. You can even see the clouds drifting or watch the sunrise from your residence. Inside, rooms are traditionally laid out, with common areas where you can socialize and relax. You’ll also find ancient artifacts of the Lo Lo people on display in the rooms, adding charm and history. In spring, the scenery around the homestays is beautiful with blooming flowers and lush greenery.

Also here you will have the opportunity to experience authentic host family life:

Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by the villagers, who may offer you tea, and traditional Lao tobacco or taste their unique corn wine. You will also enjoy the delicious specialties of Ha Giang.

But it’s not just the food and drink that made the experience memorable; It was the warmth and hospitality of the locals that left a lasting impression. Their kindness and sincerity will make you feel at home and leave you with cherished memories forever.

5.4 Try on national costumes

These clothes are colorful and sophisticated, showing the hard work and ingenuity of the Lo Lo people

In this village, you can wear traditional costumes sewn by Lo Lo women. These clothes are colorful and sophisticated, showing the hard work and ingenuity of the Lo Lo people. On these traditional costumes, the triangle on their costumes symbolizes their ancient kingdom, passed down through generations. These triangles are arranged in a harmonious fashion and come in a variety of bright colors.

5.5 Play local musical instruments

Trying out traditional musical instruments in Lo Lo Chai village is a very interesting experience

Visitors to Lo Lo Chai can experience playing the traditional musical instruments of the village. These include trumpets, drums commonly used in festivals, ceremonies, everyday life, and even ancient brass drums.

5.6 Relax at Cuc Bac Coffee Shop

Enjoy a cup of coffee and immerse yourself in the local culture

In the center of the village, many tourists like to stroll around Cuc Bac Cafe, enjoy a cup of coffee, and immerse themselves in the local culture. Sitting in a café, sipping coffee or corn wine in the far north of Vietnam is the best experience for visitors. Outside, you can see the Flagpole with the Vietnamese flag fluttering in the wind.

The beautiful Lo Lo Chai village nestled in the middle of the windswept plateau will be an ideal destination for those who are looking for a peaceful, relaxing place to rest after days of chasing the modern pace of life too fast. Don’t forget to share your memories with Karst Plateau after the end of the journey! Additionally, Ha Giang boasts many other must-see attractions such as Du Gia Waterfall, Dong Van Ancient Town, H’Mong Ta Vi Village, Tien Waterfall-Gio Pass, etc.

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