Y Linh Ho Village – The beautiful and wild village of Sapa

Sapa always makes a deep impression on each tourist with the romance of Northwest beauty: the magnificent beauty of mountains blends in white fog and clear sky. Actually, not only admiring the beauty, visitors also get to experience the culture of the ethnic minorities. And one of the peaceful lands of the ethnity here that makes visitors most excited is Y Linh Ho village.

1. The location of the village 

Y Linh Ho village is surrounded by the majestic Hoang Lien Son range, located in San Sa Ho commune. Along the Muong Hoa Valley, from Sapa town, you go to Lao Chai village. Passing Lao Chai village about 3km at the foot of the slope, visitors will see a glimpse of Y Linh Ho village, where you can see the most amazing terraced fields. From there, you see the tiny Lao Chai San 2 bridge on the left hand crossing the deep abyss to connect Lao Chai Village and Y Linh Ho Village. You just cross this bridge that arrives at Y Linh Ho Village. 

We recommend you go on foot to the village because the bridge is so tiny and its construction is so simple that it is just suitable to cross by walking. The path to Y Linh Ho Village is still so bad and not suitable for motorbikes but suitable to check-in and take photos to make memories.

2. Y Linh Ho Village’s history 

The beauty of Y Linh Ho Village
The beauty of Y Linh Ho Village – Source: Hong Hue’s account

It is said that, a long time ago, the area around Y Linh Ho village (nowadays) was reclaimed and opened by some Dao people, led by Mr. Ly Linh Ho. After a long period of living and building, a new village of the Dao people was formed, named Y Linh Ho to remember the man as the leader of the village. 

Located quite far from the main road, the road to Y Linh Ho village is steep and winding, so unlike other villages and hamlets in Sa Pa Town, this village is still unspoiled and not noisy because of the traffic, but peaceful and quiet.

Y Linh Ho Village is a village in San Sa Ho commune, event iis close to Sapa Town but the lives of the community here still are difficult. Currently, the village is divided into two smaller villages: Y Linh Ho 1 and Y Linh Ho 2, each village has about 100 families. The people here live mainly by farming rice and growing corn.

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3. Explore the beauty of Y Linh Ho Village

3.1. Wild beauty in Y Linh Ho Village

Y Linh Ho Village is one of the villages that has an area spread over the hillsides and is mainly inhabited by the Dao and the H’mong community. Visitors will be able to see the terraced fields and vast cornfields. In the ripe rice season, the village welcomes hundreds of tourists to visit and take photos of the ripe rice fields.

Not only terraced fields but also Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Muong Hoa Village bring for Y Linh Ho Village an extreme beauty. Muong Hoa stream flowing through the beautiful Y Linh Ho village is the highlight for the more vivid natural scenery.

In April and May, there is the rainy season. When the rain is flowing, the terraced fields are filled with water, Muong Hoa stream has created an extremely attractive beauty for Y Linh Ho Village. The ripe yellow rice of the field is reflected on the water of the streams, creating a beautiful scene. 

The terraced fields is one of the most beauty in Y Linh Ho Village
The terraced fields are one of the most beauties in Y Linh Ho Village -Source: Hong Hue’s account

3.2. Unique culture

Besides the beautiful natural scenery, one of the specialties that cannot be missed in Y Linh Ho village is its culture and its inhabitation. Y Linh Ho village is home to mainly ethnic minorities living scattered on the mountainside.

Coming here, you will admire the beauty of H’Mong women, the innocence of ethnic minorities. . Especially, you can not forget the hospitality, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of people here. 

This is also an ideal option for you to combine travel with learning about the cultures of ethnic groups in Vietnam and also get more knowledge about their customs and habits, lifestyles. 

One unique thing is, that each house is carefully and meticulously made of bamboo. They often live on terraced fields, corn fields, and potato fields for convenience in farming.

3.3. Trekking

Trekking in Y Linh Ho village - Source: Intetnet
Trekking in Y Linh Ho village – Source: Internet

This is an experience that you can not ignore. Trekking on terraced fields to reach the horizon on the hillsides will be so great. There, you can fully enjoy the overlooking of Y Linh Ho village. The walking path is extremely easy, so the trekking is very suitable for many visitors. When you walk down near the river you can admire the huge cable-stayed trees.

3.4. Learn how to make handicrafts

Nowadays, Y Linh Ho is a tourist destination so the government and locals create many services for you to explore and experience. The locals are very willing to help you learn about their traditional culture and customs. 

The girls or women will coach and teach you how to weave brocade and you can get the products made by yourself as gifts for your family and friends. There are also many products that are useful for daily life such as embroidered cushions, brocade towels, ethnic musical instruments and souvenirs…

4. Tourist destinations near Y Linh Ho village

4.1. Cat Cat village

cat cat village
Cat Cat Village – Source: Internet

Cat Cat village is an ethnic village of the H’Mong community, formed in the 19th century, Cat Cat village is about 15 minutes by car/motorbike from Y Linh Ho village. This is also an attractive tourist destination when you come to Sapa, this village has unique cultural features of the H’Mong people. 

At Cat Cat village, visitors have many interesting places to visit such as a watermill, a bamboo bridge over the waterfall, wooden swings, rustic cottages, etc. 

4.2. The Majestic Thac Bac Waterfall

Thac Bac Waterfall
Thac Bac Waterfall

Thac Bac Waterfall is a famous tourist attraction about 20 minutes by car from Y Linh Ho village and about 12 km from Sapa town center. The water falling down makes a natural symphony blended with the majestic natural beauty. 

Especially in the summer, Thac Bac Waterfall is like an air conditioner to melt the sweltering heat and bring the cold feeling of the rocky mountains as well as the cold of the flowing water. 

4.3. Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley is located in Hau Thao commune, about 10 km from the center of Sapa town and about 4 km from Y Linh Ho Village. To reach Muong Hoa valley, you have to overcome high mountains, although the road is a bit difficult to cross but this will be an extremely wonderful experience when you come to this Muong Hoa Valley.

Muong Hoa Valleys lying along the hillsides create a beautiful inclined beauty whether in the pouring water season or the ripe rice season. 

Muong Hoa stream is also a highlight you can’t miss when visiting Muong Hoa Valleys, the stream is like a soft silk strip nestled in the winding valley on terraced fields. In the ripe rice season, the golden color of the rice fields is reflected in the clear water reflecting a blue sky, adding to the stunning beauty of Muong Hoa valley.

In Lunar Year, Muong Hoa Valley holds many unique festivals such as the dance festival of the Red Dao community, the Roong Pooc festival of the Day people.  

5. Some notices you should remember

You should prepare yourself a pair of comfortable sneakers, because you have to walk and climb a lot.

You also need to prepare yourself with enough warm clothes because the temperature can be suddenly low at night. 

Please respect the culture and customs of the ethnics monitories. 

You also need to prepare identification files to check in to the hotel or to use some services in Sapa.

You should prepare enough cash or ATM cards when traveling in Y Linh Ho village.

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