Located about 30km from Lai Chau City, Sin Suoi Ho Village in Sin Suoi Ho Commune, Phong Tho District, Lai Chau Province is famed for its stunning natural landscape and cool climate all year round. This tranquil destination is also the ancestral home of the H’Mong ethnic minority group.
|Sin Suoi Ho village was honored by ASEAN as an attractive community tourism destination. Photo: Congluan
People living in Sin Suoi Ho village mainly rely on agricultural production, cardamom, fruit trees, cattle, and poultry farming for sustenance. Additionally, the community has taken the initiative to promote tourism services.
In June 2015, Sin Suoi Ho village in Sin Suoi Ho commune, Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province was officially declared a provincial community tourism destination by the People’s Committee of Lai Chau province.
Since its establishment, the Party committees, authorities, and the local people living in Sin Suoi Ho village have consistently worked together to promote the development of infrastructure such as roads, markets, and parking lots. Furthermore, they have sent young villagers to study various professions, such as restaurant management, cooking, and English, and have opened training classes to help them hone their skills.
In 2018, the stunningly beautiful “Heart Waterfall” located in Sin Suoi Ho commune was officially designated as a provincial relic. In 2020, it received further recognition by the Vietnam Tourism Association, who named it one of the four most captivating community-based tourist attractions in the entire country.
On February 5, 2023, the International Tourism Fair Forum, held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, honored Sin Suoi Ho village as an attractive community tourism destination for 2022. This recognition was presented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
According to Vang A Chinh, the head of the village, Sin Suoi Ho was once home to a large number of drug addicts. Fortunately, this has changed drastically since 2005. Thanks to the development of community-based tourism, the village is now completely free of drug addicts. Over the past 15 years, the household incomes have substantially increased due to tourism and the sale of local products such as orchids, cardamom, brocade, and products crafted from rattan and bamboo.
From 2015 to now, the picturesque tourist site in Sin Suoi Ho Village has welcomed over 20,000 domestic and international travelers annually – making it an ideal spot to explore during your summer getaway. Here, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this stunning destination and take in its unique charm. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or some rest and relaxation, Sin Suoi Ho Village has something to offer everyone. So why not come and enjoy the beauty of this special place?
The village of nearly 130 households is populated by the Mong people. Of these households, 10 are involved in community-based tourism with the help of local authorities. The families have renovated their homes, fixed their toilets, and purchased blankets and pillows to make their guests feel welcome.
Sin Suoi Ho village is renowned for its stunning terraced fields, which are emblematic of mountain farming lifestyles. The villagers raise pigs and chickens and grow fresh vegetables to serve customers, while avoiding foods containing preservatives or stimulants.
In the H’Mong language, Sin Suoi Ho translates to “River with Gold”. When you visit this breathtaking setting, you can’t help but be enchanted by the crystal clear water cascading through the mountains and forests. All of the streams and waterfalls provide an idyllic atmosphere that never fails to captivate the hearts of tourists.
The most special are traditional festivals with typical features, such as the Gau Tao festival—the most important festival of the Mong. Held in early spring, it is a time to express their gratitude to Heaven and Earth and to pray for good luck and happiness in the new year. Additionally, the Le Mung Lua Moi (new rice ceremony) marks this joyous time. Women in the village still wear and weave traditional clothes made from linen, and traditional professions such as brocade embroidery, winemaking, knitting, and forging bring stable incomes to the community.
Currently, Sin Suoi Ho boasts around 10 households that offer homestay services, meeting the accommodation needs of travelers. All of the homestays feature wooden houses with traditional Hmong house designs.