Eco Palms House is located in a Black Mong Village, Lao Chai, SaPa Town, Vietnam with the best views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain and the Muong Hoa Valley. With 5 private Bungalows on a beautiful paddy rice field, guests will be close to Mother Nature and get away from busy life of city center.
Each of the five Bungalows is designed as a local minority group house in Sapa – a H’Mong House, a Red Dzao House, a Dzay House, a Tay House and a Xa Pho House. Eco Palms House also offers traditional dress of each minority that guests can wear when they join in a Market Tour every morning. The front desk is available 24 hours, daily housekeeping service and Turn-down service with your choices of pure essential oil for complementary will be more than convenience for guest to stay and relax. Eco Palms House also offers a Family House where travelers can meet each other and share valuable information when they are traveling alone. A traditional wooden House of the Tay ethnic group with a fire place and roof of palm leaves is a perfect place to greet and meet each other and make everyone feel at home.
Eco Palms House is not a luxury but environmentally friendly resort
Located on a hillside and built from local products, Eco Palms House is environmentally friendly. TV, telephone, and Wi-Fi are not available in any Bungalow.
Private Bungalow: Ethnic house
With 5 private Bungalows on a beautiful paddy rice field, guests will be close to Mother Nature and get away from busy life of city center. Each of the five Bungalows is designed as a local minority group house in Sapa – a H’Mong House, a Red Dzao House, a Dzay House, a Tay House and a Xa Pho House. We also offer traditional dress of each minority that guests can wear when they join us in a Market Tour every morning. Of course front desk is available 24 hours, daily housekeeping service and Turn-down service with your choices of pure essential oil for complementary will be more than convenience for guest to stay and relax.
Eco Palms House also offers a Friendly House where travelers can meet each other and share valuable information when they are traveling alone. A traditional wooden House of the Tay ethnic group with a fire place and roof of palm leaves is a perfect place to greet and meet each other and make everyone feel at home.
Electricity is not strong because Eco Palms use a local transformer substation. That why it takes time to heat water in winter and, moreover, the natural water source from the mountain is very cold even in summer.
The water used by this eco retreat is cleaned by sand, charcoal, and stone. Sometimes it suffers power outages. In these moments, they use candles and oil lamps. This resort is in the middle of rice fields so you can occasionally see many insects, but there is no need to worry about this because they are not poisonous.
Restaurant & Bar
Mountain Signature Restaurant
The restaurant offers signature local food and guests can have their meals in a rustic dining space.
Sunset Cocktail is served daily so guests can rest and socialize. Guests receive one complimentary drink with many thanks and respect from the staff here who always enjoy improving hospitality services in Sapa and who are ready to connect you with local people if you wish to be involved in additional charity efforts. Sunset Cocktail is also a great time to share information about local culture and events, and obtain feedback from guests about our services.
A day at the spa for pampering and pure relaxation
The Charm Destination Spa is an additional option with Retreat Package, including Herbal Bath and Signature Treatments where guests can relax, detoxify, and rejuvenate themselves. Healthy drinks and organic foods will be the best way to keep you well during a week of retreat.
Connecting with local people through eco activities
Cooking Class will be held every morning, and guests can join us in a visit to the Sapa Market to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and foods, followed by cooking class at noon. Upon finishing guests will pay a visit to the local school where guests can give foods to children. This social work named “Feeding Sapa”, is much more meaningful than other charity initiatives. Eco Palms House is very happy to allow guests to do this social work that provides a better life for poor children.
Meet Dzay People
The Dzay minority is very simple on costume but very detail in houses and they have a very special food, live in Ta Van village. Like the Tay minority, the Dzay women dress in simple clothes. They wear a five panel blouse split at the sides and buttoned on the right with dark indigo trousers. The blouses are different colors depending on the age – old women usually wear the darker shades. Women wrap their hair around their head and fix it in place with red threads. Dzay, like other minorities, have adopted elements of Viet and Western clothing.
Meet Xa Pho People
The Xa Pho minority is smallest Ethnic community in Sapa but they have very nice dresses and detail on their embroider. They are most in My Son village. The Xa Pho came to Vietnam about 200 – 300 years ago. Some believe that their clothes indicate they immigrated from the southern islands of Asia, such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Their language belongs to Tibeto – Burmese language group. Other minorities say that Xa Pho people can speak most of the other languages in the area, but it is “difficult to hear their language which sounds like birds singing”.
The Xa Pho’s clothes are very different from other minorities. Women wear a short shirt with a long skirt made from indigo-dyed hemp fabric. They use a bright red thread to embroider decorations all over their clothes.
Meet H’Mong People
There are two kinds of H’Mong Minorities in Sapa and the most popular is Black H’Mong so you can visit the Black H’mong minority in, Ma Tra, Hau Thao, Y Ling Ho, Lao Chai and Cat Cat village. The second one is White H’Mong is in Nam Than, Nam Nhieu.
The H’Mong are very good at making agricultural tools, wooden furniture, musical instruments and jewelry. They are also famous for their handicraft and embroidery. They generally only make such items to meet their own needs, but other minorities in the area buy their produce because of its high quality. Since the advent of tourism in Sapa, many H’Mong women make decorated cloth to sell on the town’s main streets.
Like the other minorities, the H’Mong have lots of different festivals during the year. They ensure that there is always time for community activities, which play an important role in their life. One of the most important festivals is the New Year, which they celebrate for an entire month. It happens about one month earlier than Vietnamese Tet. The second important festive of the year is “Gau Tao” after Tet Holiday in Spring. They pray to wish for a good harvesting time. During this time, boys play flutes and girls play an instrument made from two leaves. They all spend time together playing traditional games.
Meet Red Dzao People
The Red Dao minority with their own costume in Red that makes a very different from other minorities and they are most in Ta Phin, Ta Van, Lech, Nam Toong and Supan village.
Red Dao women usually wear a long blouse over trousers. Their clothes are colourfully embroidered with designs that appear on both sides of the material. The men typically wear a short shirt with long trousers, and a head-scarf. Both men and women have a square piece of fabric on the back of their shirts which represents that they are children of God. They wear similar hairstyles – long on top, with the rest smoothly shaved. Many women shave their eyebrows as well. Women also wear a distinctive red triangular shaped turban decorated with silver coins and red tassels.
Meet Tay People
The Tay minority is well-known about buiding houses and other handy-craft, they are in Ban Ho and Thanh Phu village. The Tay are the earliest known minority in Vietnam, who are thought to have arrived from inland South East Asia about 500 BC.
The traditional dress is made from indigo dyed cotton. It is usually plain, with little embroidery or other decoration. The women wear a simple shirt with silver buttons down the front teamed with black trousers. Both sexes wear colorful head scarves. Nowadays the Tay are often seen wearing Viet and western clothes.
Tay now live in villages of mixed ethnic groups, enter into mixed marriages and leave their traditional settlements to work in other areas. They have adopted other elements of Kinh culture and of the Tai speaking people, are considered the most integrated into main stream Vietnamese culture.
The Tay live in houses built on stilts originally designed to protect them from wild animals. Nowadays, they use the first floor for storage and cooking. When building a new house, the owner has to choose the right place very carefully. Many factors are considered, including his age and horoscope. On the day that he and his family move to the new house, the head of the family must start a fire and keep it burning all night.
Visit Weekly Market in the North West of Vietnam
Weekly Market List
Bac Ha, Muong Khuong Market (On Sunday – 100 Km)
Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past the market was a centre for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish and other livestock being traded. The market opens at around 7.30am and closes mid-afternoon, so an early start is advisable.
Muong Khuong is a distric of Lao Cai province, located 50 km from Lao Cai and 90 km from Sapa. Muong Khuong market is one of the largest and most important market of the local ethnic groups. The minorities gather here to sell, buy and trade goods such as: vegetable, cattle, brocade, farm tools, traditional incense made from the bark and resin of scented trees…in their traditional cloths. There is a food area where you can taste the most popular specialties. In MuongKhuong, be sure to try the local rice variety called “San Kou”, its light nutty slightly sweet surely charm you.
Muong Hum Market (On Sunday – 60 Km)
Muong Hum Market is a colorful market, situated in a small village in the mountain that you can see several different minority groups but Flower H’mong is the most popular here. The local people come here not only to buy and sell clothes, vegetable, meat, cattle but also they usually eat and drink special food and wine after a hard week working.
Tam Duong Market (Sunday and Thursday – 80 Km)
Tam Duong & Binh Lu Market
On the west side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the territory of Lai Chau Province, there are two regional market being set up in the two lush valley Binh Lu and Tam Duong. The ethnic minority peoples who are different from those in Sapa are Black Dzao, Dzao with coins, Red H’mong and especially the Lu and Lao, whose ancestors were believed to be originated from a tribal living in Laos. With a population as small as some four thousands inhabitants the Lu and Lao people live in some large villages including some hundred houses built on stilts near rivers and stream, cultivating wet rice, corn and beans. Every day, early morning or late in the afternoon, a large number of Red H’mong and Lu often carry their gathering from the forest including mushroom, bamboo shoot, fire wood or medicinal herbs to the market in Binh Lu township about 45km from Sapa by road.
Can Cau Market (Saturday – 120 Km)
Can Cau is a busy market which is held every Saturday. Located just below the Chinese border, it is a colourful, vibrant market where you will encounter minority peoples such as the Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.
Lung Khau Nhin Market (Thursday – 100 Km)
Taking place every Thursday, Lung KhauNhin Market is a small market hiding itself amongst the mountains and forests of the far north Vietnam about 10 km from the border with China. Although not being so big or famous among visitors as Coc Ly and Can Cau, Lung KhauNhin market, be side a normal shopping place, play an important role to spiritual life of local ethnic peoples Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Dzay, and especially to those who come from very small ethnic groups such as Pa Zi, TouZi, Tou Lao who live in small and isolated villages around this corner of the country, come for meeting, socializing…
Cao Son Market (Wednesday – 110 Km)
Cao Son Marketis a small/medium sized market held every Wednesday. Set among beautiful rolling mountains this is a colorful market full of local products and handicrafts. Here you will find Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Phu La, Black Dao and Chinese traders engaged in business.
Coc Ly Market (Tuesday– 100 Km)
Coc Ly is a medium sized market where the local people every Tuesday from the surrounding villages come to buy and sell goods and meet friends. You will find Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Nung, Giay and Tay peoples in attendance and the goods on offer range from local fruit and vegetables to livestock, handicrafts and clothes.
How to get to Eco Palms House?
Only 6Km from Sapa Town and get passed by a Ticket Station to Lao Chai, Ta Van & Giang Ta Chai Village. The Taxi is available 24-hours a day that is the best way to get to Eco Palms House or Eco Palms can arrange private cars pick-up from Sapa Town. Eco Palms House also arranges a Limousine pick-up direct from Hanoi to Eco Palms. The Limousine offers 8 comfortable seats instead of 16 seats and it is the most luxury transportation and convenience for travelers who love to visit Sapa. It takes only 5 hours to get to Sapa Town then other 20 minutes to Eco Palms House.
Eco Palms is among of eco resorts in Sapa which have the best view, genuine hospitality and a beautiful locale to hide away from bustle of the city. The resort also tries to do their best to make your stay comfortable and memorable.