The Beauty of Ang Hamlet

Participating in the eco-tour of Ang Hamlet in Dong Sang, Commune, Moc Chau District in the northern mountainous province of Son La, tourists will be immersed in the beauty of nature and learn more about the Thai ethnic people’s culture.

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One of the most-visited destinations of the eco-tour to Ang Hamlet is a pine forest near a poetic lake that forms a peaceful scene for the hamlet. Here, the lake is considered a mirror of the weather during the four seasons. In the early morning, the lake wears a light mist layer while it looks brilliant with sunlight at noon. At sunset, the mist comes back and covers the lake, bringing the cold air of winter. However, the lake is most beautiful on moonlit nights with the shade of pine trees reflected on the water, the whispering sounds of pine trees and sweet melodies from bamboo flutes performed by ethnic young men to call their girlfriends. 

Green terraced fields along the road to Ang Hamlet.

A beautiful pine forest.

Ang Hamlet with traditional stilt houses.

Dai Yem Waterfall in Ang Hamlet Tourism Area.
 
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         Following the district’s road about 2km, tourists arrive in a pine forest near a poetic lake in Ang Hamlet. The area is an ideal place for picnics and going camping. Visiting Ang Hamlet on January 15th of lunar calendar, tourists have a chance to  take part in “Xe Cha” Festival of the Thai people. 
 
Visiting the hamlet, tourists learn about many unique customs , habits, dances, ancient folk songs, rites and festivals, such as “New Rice” and “Het Cha” (a festival for the solidarity of the ethnic community before spring comes) of the Thai ethnic people which have been preserved intact over the years. Furthermore, they have interesting experiences when living with the locals, enjoying their delicious dishes and drinking Can wine. 

 


Xoe dance of the Thai people.

At  Het Cha Festival.

Het Cha Festival is held in the hamlet. 

Locals pray for peace and luck at Het Cha Festival.

Playing Con (fabric ball) at Het Cha Festival.

The sweet melodies of panpipes fascinate tourists.

Unique traditional costumes of the Thai women.
With beautiful nature and unique cultural features of the Thai ethnic people, Ang Hamlet has become a destination, attracting both domestic and foreign tourists. The development of the eco-tour to the hamlet has helped improve the living standards of the locals and preserved the traditional features of the ethnic group.
Story: Bich Van – Photo: Trinh Van Bo