Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau – A Charming Village on Cloud Nine

With an altitude of about 2,300m above sea level, Ngai Thau Thuong village in Ngai Thau commune is considered the pristine village on cloud nine, covered with clouds all year round.

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Lying halfway up the Ma Cha Va mountain, Ngai Thau is located about 70km from Sa Pa, about 80km from Lao Cao city, so it is no stranger to passionate trekkers. With your trusty motorbike, you too can pass the winding, jagged pass roads and reach the highest village in Vietnam.

Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau - The highest village in Vietnamhe Pristine Village on Cloud Nine
Ngai Thau Thuong village is inhabited by the majority of Hmong people, located on the top of the mountain. The cool climate, charming scenery, unique cultural identity captivate any wanderer. Photo: Sai Gon Tiep Thi

With an altitude of about 2,300m above sea level, Ngai Thau Thuong village in Ngai Thau commune is considered the pristine village on cloud nine, covered with clouds all year round. The locals, old and young, sitting around on the front porch of the old house, greet you with the warmest smiles.

The scene appears extremely peaceful, making all the fatigue of the long trip disappears.

Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau - The highest village in Vietnamhe Pristine Village on Cloud Nine
The roofs of the Ha Nhi and Mong people are hidden in the morning mist. Photo: Lu Hanh Viet Nam

Overcoming the difficult and arduous road to Ngai Thau Thuong, you immerse entirely in a peaceful world, completely separate from the hustle and bustle. What’s left is feeling of enjoying relaxing and peaceful moments in the middle of the forest is as beautiful as a picture.

Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau - The highest village in Vietnamhe Pristine Village on Cloud Nine
Photo: Lu Hanh Viet Nam

The white clouds gradually fill the valley and cover the trees, creating a fanciful and poetic space. The sea of ​​clouds here is formed all year round due to the high terrain, cold and humid air. Still, “cloud hunting” to capture beautiful pictures takes a lot of patience and effort.

Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau - The highest village in Vietnamhe Pristine Village on Cloud Nine
Photo: Lu Hanh Viet Nam

The clouds drifted back to the villages, to the other side of the mountain, as if ‘submerged’ the houses on the side of the majestic Ma Cha Va mountain. All exist in front of one’s eyes, the perfect beauty of the ink painting makes you ecstatic, wanting to watch forever without wanting to return.

Standing in front of the sea of ​​clouds, you cannot help but reach out your hands, touching each white cloud, which is rarely found anywhere else.

Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau - The highest village in Vietnamhe Pristine Village on Cloud Nine
Ngai Thau village is a popular getaway destination for tourists to briefly enjoy the wonderful moments of life. Photo: Lu Hanh Viet Nam

in the last days of January, plum blossoms completely show off their sparkling colors, playing with the rhythm of the cloud waves.

Rays of sunshine add to the moment of heaven on earth. The majestic picture of nature and fresh air invites you to take a deep breath.

Tourists exclaimed they enjoy the great challenge for drivers, the muddy roads because the scenery here makes the whole experience worthwhile.

The weather gets cold easily in the highest village of Vietnam. To deal with the cold, the Hmong people in Ngai Thau live in soil-walled houses nearly 1m thick, while both the main door and the window are built small. In every household, there is a wood stove. The signature winter trait in Ngai Thau commune is the fire in the woodstove being lighted up.

Where to Visit in Lao Cai: Ngai Thau - The highest village in Vietnamhe Pristine Village on Cloud Nine
Photo: Sai Gon Tiep Thi

The ideal cloud hunting season lasts from November to April. Although this time period is the best condition for clouds to form, it depends on your luck to capture the sea of clouds.

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