Y Ty commune is located in the west of Bat Xat district, Lao Cai Province, which is around 100 km from Lao Cai city. This is considered the land of fog with its amazing paddy fields and special stilt houses. This is said to be the pristine and mysterious land contained many things special and attractive which are difficult to be found anywhere else. After a Hanoi cultural tour or some days cruising to discover Halong Bay, an adventure trip to Y Ty can be very nice option.
Leaving Lao Cai Station, tourists get on a bus to arrive in Bat Xat town. From this town, tourists follow the trail on the hill side which stretches for around 700 km to reach Y Ty. The village is a valley located at the height of above 2000 m with its back leaning on Nhu Cu San range of mountains of 2.660 m high. The mountain peak is covered by cloud all year round.
Cloud will cover you if you go to the peak of Nhu Co San.
Following the winding dirt trails leading up to Nhu Co San Mountain top, you will get the feeling of “running to the sky” before sinking into mist and white cloud. A while later, Y Ty appears in front of your eyes with a romantic and settings which is as beautiful as a picture. In that picture the Ha Nhi women with wooden stick basket on their back while walking to the market appear modestly among the vast and immense space of nature.
Your trekking route seems to be more vaporous by cloud.
Y Ty is gorgeous for the cloud, the mountains and also the colorful terraced rice fields stretching endlessly which change their color by the time. Coming to Y Ty on a shiny day of winter, you will be surprised by a vast sea of white cloud covering the villages, creating a dreamy and picturesque painting as if a fairy land.
Y Ty is beautiful and attractive for not only the name of “fogy land”, the unique primary forests but also a fascinating tourist’s attraction bearing the cultural identity of the local ethnic groups in the North of Vietnam. In the New Orient Tours, Y Ty revealing is one of the most exciting experience for you if you can spend around 3 days for it.
Besides the in – cloud – valleys and terraced rice fields “on the sky”, tourists coming here also wish to admire the villages with the special stilt houses next to each other. The backs of these houses lean on the mountain as if the scene appeared on fairy tales.
The giant mushroom in Ha Nhi Village
Y Ty is the loving place of Ha Nhi ethnic group – one of the groups with the smallest number of people in Vietnam. Other groups also live on this village include H’mong, Dzao, Giay and so on. However, the Ha Nhi, especially the Black Ha Nhi are the people who make this hard land fascinating and attractive with their special traditional houses. Different from houses of other ethnic groups, houses of the Ha Nhi is built right on the ground with their walls constructed from soil and the roofs similar to the giant mushrooms when being seen from a distance.
An other style of traditional house of minority in Y Ty.
Houses of the Ha Nhi are those with 2 - layer - walls of 40 to 45 cm thick and 4 to 5 m high. This house structure helps the people to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
The houses in ancient and simple beauty with their roofs covered with moss shall make tourists think of the gorgeous giant mushrooms grown on the hillside.
Arriving at Y Ty, it is a should not miss experience to visit the village fair opened every Friday which is the gathering place for people of different groups including Ha Nhi, Dao, Han, Giay, Mong and so on. Coming to the market, you will be admiring the colorful and vivid picture of the local people in their traditional costumes.
In Y Ty Village Fair, you can meet the colors of minorities' costumes.
The market is the place for the spontaneous smiles of the ethnic people exchanging their local products including brocading goods and talking to each other in side of cups of wine.
The attractiveness of the highland district of Y Ty is the thing that is unable to refuse for not only the magic beauty of the land covered with cloud all year round, but also the special living style and culture of a group bearing the essence of the Northern region. Let’s come to Y Ty at least one time to enjoy the unforgettable beauty of the village.