In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho

In Sin Suoi Ho (Lai Chau), outre homemade gates are bound to catch the eye at these tourists villages

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In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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About 30 kilometers from Lai Chau city, Sin Suoi Ho community tourism village (in Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province) is located at an altitude of nearly 1,500m above sea level, with a fresh and cool climate all year round.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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In the past, the people of Sin Suoi Ho only knew how to work in agriculture. But after 5-6 years of tourism, people’s thinking and awareness has changed markedly in taking advantage of nature’s favor.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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Because the commune came to tourism late compared to many other localities, the people of Sin Suoi Ho are determined to make a difference and try to stand out to visitors with a striking first impression at the gate

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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Although not all families do community tourism each household creates its own mark with unique homemade welcome gates.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
Photo: VNP

Materials for making gates are both environmentally friendly and creative.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
Photo: VNP

These days, Covid-19 has left homestays in Sin Suoi Ho deserted and gloomy.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
Photo: VNP

This gate holds a massive hoe, an item associated with agricultural activities of local people here.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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And this gate in Sin Suoi Ho has a giant axe.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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Hang Thi Qua, a local tour guide, said these gates and local culture were the pride of Sin Suoi Ho community tourism.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
The unique gate has a model of a dagger. Photo: VNP
In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
The gate has a plow. Photo: VNP
In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
Photo: VNP

Village head – Vang A Chinh said that every person in Sin Suoi Ho was happy and proud to have guests come to learn and experience the life and culture of their people.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
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Tourism also brings significant income that improves living standards. Therefore, everyone agrees to develop a green economy.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
Photo: VNP

People in the village raise pigs and chickens, grow vegetables to serve guests on the spot, and avoid foods with preservatives or additives.

Thanks to opening the door to visitors and developing local orchid varieties, each household here has an income of VND 30-50 million (US$ 1300-2177) a year.

In Photos: Unique Gates of Sin Suoi Ho
A corner of Sin Suoi Ho seen from above. Photo: VNP

The Sin Suoi Ho people are aware that one of the attractions that attracts tourists here is to preserve the inherent identity of the Hmong people.

Sin Suoi Ho Village, Lai Chau

Located about 30 km from Lai Chau city, Sin Suoi Ho Village in Sin Suoi Ho commune, Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province has a beautiful natural landscape and cool climate year-round.

From Lai Chau city, following the paved road, passing the winding curves of the passes hidden in the clouds, the village appears.

Since 2015, Sin Suoi Ho has been recognized as a community-based tourism village.

According to the head of the village, Vang A Chinh, Sin Suoi Ho used to be home to a large number of drug addicts. However, since 2005, the number of addicts has decreased gradually. To date, there are no drug addicts in the village thanks to the development of community-based tourism.

From being a poor village, after 15 years, today, the incomes of households have increased from tourism and selling local products such as orchids, cardamom, brocade and products made of rattan and bamboo.

Sin Suoi Ho in Hmong language means “golden spring”, conjuring up the image of a peaceful small village, full of fruit trees with waterfalls and streams whispering all night and day.

Located 1,500m above sea level, the village has a cool and fresh climate. These are also favourable conditions for developing eco-tourism,.

Coming to the village, you can see the wooden and earthen houses with the typical architecture of the Hmong ethnic minority. The unique highlight of these houses is a hand-lined stone fence surrounding the house. This structure creates a solid house, cool in summer and warm in winter. The village has dozens of traditional houses, creating a charming landscape.