Lose yourself in the rustic splendor of a century-old historic village in Ha Giang

One of Dong Van town’s most popular tourist attractions, the more than 100-year-old Thien Huong historic village in Ha Giang province, draws people from all over the world.

Ha Giang province is where Ms. Van Hni, 33, from Ho Chi Minh City, returns to frequently because she enjoys the scenery and friendly locals there. This year, for the journey from the South to the upper areas of the nation, she chose to visit a historic town recommended by a close friend called Thien Huong village, which is nearly a century old and is located around seven kilometers from Dong Van town.

Thirty minutes from Dong Van's center, Thien Huong hamlet is known as Ma Pang village. Visitors to the community as they make their way down the street will be greeted with images of homes with century-old roofs.

With yin and yang tiles on the roofs and clay walls, the dwellings were created in the traditional architectural style. The lower half of the home is devoted to cooking and living, while the top half contains the rest of the household's furnishings.

“When I arrived in Thien Huong hamlet, my first impression was that this site had a fairly pristine charm. The scenery appears changeless for a century. The historic dwellings are visible from the road, and the inside is just as impressive.  The scenery here gives you feelings of comfort and tranquility,” she said.

The Tay ethnic group calls the hamlet home. They earn a living through grape cultivation and winemaking. Women in this region frequently don a traditional black garment with a scarf over their heads as they travel to work.

There is a lengthy history of winemaking in the old community that attracts tourists from around the world. One liter of Thien Huong wine is all that can be obtained in the village after a long and exhausting procedure.

More than 30 species of medicinal plants are needed to manufacture the yeast, which is then added to the maize and cooked. The corn is poured out when it reaches the size of a finger. Next, the yeast is crushed, mixed thoroughly, and heaped up in bags for incubation. When it has fermented for a week, it's taken out to be distilled into wine.

In contrast to other traditional wines, Thien Huong wine is painstakingly crafted, has a delightful, sweet flavor, and is pleasant and warming to the stomach.

Many exciting activities and experiences await Ms. Van at Thien Huong old hamlet, including wading in streams, catching fish, and sipping on the famously wonderful yeast corn wine.

“My favorite kind of travel is the one that allows me to explore new aspects of myself while also getting a glimpse into local culture and history. You need to remain for a few days here to get the most out of it. When you're out and about in the hamlet, you'll come across elderly residents who are really welcoming. If you wish to learn how to weave baskets, weave linen, or bake, they will joyfully consent and passionately guide you through,” the visitor from Saigon said.

Additionally, she is particularly fond of the village's basic but excellent and appealing foods like rice noodles, yeast cake, and so forth, which have a distinct flavor from the South's dishes of the same name.

Over the past century, the Thien Huong historic village has retained its timeless charm and has become a popular tourist attraction.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Dong Van area in Ha Giang province's Dong Van district is one of the most popular sites for travelers visiting the country's highest terrain.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Located thousands of miles from Ho Chi Minh City, Ms. Van visits Thien Huong in Ha Giang to experience the historic village.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Several hundred-year old banyan trees whose diameter exceeds four the embrace of humans can be seen at the top of the village.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

 A rustic, serene setting in the center of the mountains and woodlands of a century-old medieval settlement.

 

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Firewood and fresh grass being brought into the settlement by children.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Van fell in love with the village's adorable youngsters, who left a lasting effect on her minds. Playing and reading books are two of their favorite pastimes in the community.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Thien Huong village's tranquil landscape, with the layered hills in the distance conveying pleasant vast green.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

Soft, white yeast cakes in the making.

Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá
Lạc vào làng cổ trăm năm tuổi ở Hà Giang, đi lội suối bắt cá, uống rượu ngô men lá

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Photo: Van Hni

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