Visit Ban Pho village and enjoy special corn wine of Sapa

Ban Pho village – a mountainous commune of Bac Ha district is one of major tourist attractions in Sapa thanks to not only natural landscape but also its unique specialties, especially visiting traditional winemaking village to enjoy special corn wine of the H’Mong is absolutely an interesting experience here

 Ban Pho - a mountainous commune of Bac Ha district
Ban Pho – a mountainous commune of Bac Ha district

Following the directions of the locals, I went along the Hoang Lien Son mountainside, just almost 4 kilometers and then passed through a plum forest and a valley full of corn and rice before I reached Ban Pho Village. H’Mong people had settled down in the village a very long time ago and they built their houses on high slopes and roofed them with Pomu wood. Visit Ban Pho with Indochina tours Vietnam

 H'Mong people roofed their houses with Pomu wood.
H’Mong people roofed their houses with Pomu wood.

One of the traditional handicrafts in Ban Pho is fabric weaving with cotton and linen as main inputs. Local people living here wear clothes which are woven by themselves. Travellers might find it a little bit strange, like I did, as they discover the fact that girl’s dresses are very eye-catching with colorful vignettes while men mostly wear dark clothes. People in Ban Pho live mainly on rice farming, fabric weaving and planting of medicinal plants. If you visit the village when people are cooking, you will be surprised when seeing many strings of pork, beef, etc are being hung on the kitchen ceiling. That is how Ban Pho people make their own bacon. Tours in Vietnam

Fabric weaving - one of traditional handicrafts in Ban Pho village
Fabric weaving – one of traditional handicrafts in Ban Pho village

You can ask the locals in Ban Pho village for free accomodations beacause they are really hospitable and always treat you like their relatives. In addition to Tam Hoa plums, Ban Pho special corn wine, even you just try once in a lifetime, you will never forget its flavor. Sipping a cup of corn wine and you will feel the torrid and very hot flavor and at the same time a sweet taste like the quintessence of the earth and firmament.

 A local woman is making Ban Pho special corn wine
A local woman is making Ban Pho special corn wine

To people who once traveled to Sapa and visited Ban Pho village, the taste of Northwest wine is definitely unforgettable. As if it is the cup of wine symbolizing the hospitality of local people here

The Indochina Voyages team.

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