some kilometers east of Sapa town lies a large oval shaped
valley which is home to the H’mong and Red Zao of Ma
Tra Village and Ta
Following the main road from Sapa to Lao Cai for 4km, one
can enjoy the panorama view of the whole valley, stretching
for about 12 Km with some low hills in the middle to divide
the valley into two parts. The closer part to the road is
area of Ma Tra village and the further one is Ta Phin village
where the Red Zao and Black H’mong share the land. The
H’mong occupy the higher land on which they built narrow
terraced rice paddies while the Red Zao cultivate larger and
flat fields around the center of the valley. From over 10
years ago, a 15km motor way was built to connect the center
of the valley with Sapa town and it takes only half an hour.
However, It is much more interesting to follow the trail which
run on high elevation around the valley for a real life discovery.