One of the hikes tourists can do on their own while in Sapa is a hike to Cat Cat, a small village in a valley just below Sapa. On our first day in Sapa, we decided a self-guided hike was the best way to go so we could get our bearings. The trip took us down a dirt road out of town, and then we meandered down into the valley, snapping photos along the way. We walked past some shopping stalls and then through a traditional Hmong village that seemed to be staged for tourists. But that didn’t make it any less interesting. Loren was particularly impressed with their irrigation system. We passed over a waterfall and then hiked our way back up along with pigs, water buffalo and the occasional motorbike. We had a great day observing the Hmong way of life and soaking up the views.
You can view a video of our hike here: