Song Mooc Village, a miniature Sapa of Binh Lieu

Song Mooc Village has been dubbed a "miniature Sa Pa" of the highland commune of Dong Van, Binh Lieu District, Quang Ninh Province thanks to its cool climate and gorgeous landscape.

Song Mooc Village, a miniature Sapa of Binh Lieu
Song Mooc Village is considered as “miniature Sa Pa” of Binh Lieu District. Photo courtesy of Ly Van Vinh

Summer brings heat nationwide, but Song Mooc Village usually has quite a cool and fresh climate as it is located in the middle of Phieng Che–Cao Ba Lanh mountain system.

The village is located on a mountain range that rises to more than 1,000m above sea level in parts, covered with green cinnamon forest and white clouds. The village has many rammed earth houses which are still intact.

The village has focused on the development of its tourism sector and although it is a highland village, travelling to the village is easy due to the convenient road system. The village is only about 30km from the centre of Binh Lieu Town.

The first thing that strikes you about Song Mooc Village is probably its simplicity, the wonderful terraced fields and the traditional houses of the Dao people.

Song Mooc Village, a miniature Sapa of Binh Lieu
Most of Song Mooc Village’s people are Dao people. — Photo courtesy of Ly Van Vinh

From above, the village is often surrounded by fog.

The village has an area of more than 375ha, including 69ha of farmland. The entire village is located on the slopes of Phieng Che–Cao Ba Lanh Mountain, so altitude varies throughout the village, with the lowest place only about 300m above sea level, but the highest place more than 700m above sea level.

This feature has created a village in the middle of mountains and forests with poetic and beautiful scenery, including terraced rice fields.

When we arrived in Song Mooc, we admired the wild and fresh scenery of the village, especially the endless green terraced fields. The old roofs of the houses, the mist and white clouds alternated with the greenery of the mountains and forests.

Song Mooc Village, a miniature Sapa of Binh Lieu
Children go to school.  Photo courtesy of Ly Van Vinh

The people of the village are Dao ethnics, who still preserve many of their traditional cultural features.

We visited the rammed earth houses of the Dao people halfway down the slope. They seemed small, but in fact, they had a large space with a very large yard. When we entered the house, sisters and mothers in Dao costumes were attentively embroidering colourful brocade clothes.

According to local man Ly Van Vinh, the Dao people have carried on many traditions and festivals such as Kiêng Gió festival to pray for a bountiful and prosperous harvest and Cold Foods Festival which is an occasion for family members to gather and remember their ancestors.


Vinh told us that Song Mooc Waterfall was worth checking out, so we decided to explore this waterfall.

We slipped between irrigation ditches and green terraces fields to arrive at the waterfall. At the foot of the waterfall was a system of majestic rocks of more than 400sq.m with large rocks stretched out on the ground to create a large space.

Song Mooc Village, a miniature Sapa of Binh Lieu
Song Mooc Waterfall has an area of ​​about 3ha.  Photo

The waterfall was very cool, with a cascade of more than 10m high from the jungle down to the village.

After visiting the village, we rested at the Song Mooc House which has a very beautiful view. We had a chance to enjoy local dishes such as chicken, pork, stream fish, duck and black swan.

Song Mooc Village is a wonderful stop on a journey throughout beautiful Binh Lieu.

From Song Mooc, visitors can visit Hoanh Mo border gate (about 10km), Khe Tien (about 3km), Cao Son flower garden (10km), and Khe Van Waterfall (20km).

Song Mooc Village, a miniature Sapa of Binh Lieu
The view of Song Mooc Village from the top of Phieng Che – Cao Ba Lanh. — Photo

In addition, visitors can also try hunting clouds on Cao Ly Mountain or conquer the top of Quang Nam Chau and Cao Xiem mountains.

Cao Xiem is located in Luc Hon Commune. It is known as the roof of Quang Ninh. With wild, majestic and poetic beauty, Cao Xiem is an ideal destination on a trip to Binh Lieu.

Source: Vietnam News