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3 Days
Hanoi, Vietnam
Bai Tho Mountain

Listen to the rich folklore of Muong Au Ta people with Muong Community of Da Bia Village

Hear the tales of Muong people living in century old houses situated next to a pristine lake

Why this experience is unique?

  • Hear the Muong folklore
  • Stay in 300 year old house
  • Visit village on local cruise
  • Authentic local food
Experience Details

Da Bia (Rock Landmark) village – an area with a historical story behind its name: in 1960, after a three-day territorial debate between Tien Phong and Phong Phu communes, a rock fell off the mountain and stuck right at the borderline as suggested by Tien Phong officers. The rock face can still be seen by a passer-by on the boat, and the area was known as Da Bia from then on.

Da Bia is home to Muong Au Ta People – a small branch of Muong people. At Da Bia, you will delve deeper into the traditional customs of Muong Au Ta: the origin of them, the spiritual life of Muong people, the livelihood, and some folklores and folk dances.

Senh Tien (Dance with local bamboo instruments)  and Luu Thuy are two of the famous folk dances performed by the local tribes of the region.

Your Day by Day Journey
Day 1 - Arrive & Explore Sung Viilage
  • Arrive at Hanoi
  • Transfer to Sung Village

Day 1300-year-old Sung village

On the first day, you will arrive at an absolutely untouched 300-year-old village of Vietnam – Sung Village. Nestled after a drive of 3 hours, you will be transported to a village beautifully located next to the lake and feel the freshness of clean air. Once settled, enjoy the Chuong Dance performance in the evening. In this dance, the small bell made of copper with the hilt is the main props for the dancer to hold, combined with some auxiliary props such as a small drum, a Vietnamese two-chord fiddle, and a flute to create rhythmic but vibrant music, taking the footsteps of Dao boys and girls bounced and dance.

Day 2 - Muong Folk Art and Nature Exploration
  • Transfer to Da Bia Village
  • Visit Quan tu Giac (Self Aware Shops)
  • Dance to the beats of Senh Tien

Day 2Muong traditions and Senh Tien dance performance

On the second day of the trip, take a short and picturesque trek to the Da Bia village from the Sung village. During the school visit and cultural immersion, visit the unique Quan Tu Giac (Self Aware Shop) run by the Muong People where the items are kept in the store without any supervision and the visitors can keep the money as per the listed price. Ask your local guide about Mo Muong (Local Folklore) that talks about the rituals and traditions of the local people and reflects the views of local people on life and the outside world. A local guide who is also your translator will be your best companion to fully enjoy this experience.

Day 3 - Trek and Cruise to Mo Hem Village
  • Visit Muc Village
  • Cruise to Mo Hem Village
  • Transfer back to Hanoi

Day 3Mo Hem Village Tour and Cruise to Hanoi

Post Breakfast walk to the Muc Village and board a cruise for Mo Hem. Visit local families and participate in outdoor activities: swimming, bicycle. Bid goodbye to an immersive journey into the 3 villages. You will be taken on a cruise to Thung Nai from Mo Hem and then transfer to Hanoi by taxi.

What it includes?

2-night accommodation at the homestay.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
Local Vietnamese speaking guide
Workshop: Keepsake, make “Banh oc”
Transfer luggage from Sung to Da Bia & MoHem
Boat from Muc to Mo Hem
Art Performance
Boat from Mo Hem to Thung Nai
Entrance fee to visit fish cage, textile cooperative, Sung Cave

What it excludes?

Airfare
Travel visa and insurance
Any private expenses

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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