to Lao Chai on the same side of Muong Hoa River is Ta Van
village where the Zay and H’mong ethnic people live
together. This is one of the best places to see the different
traditional ways of living as well as cultural assimilation.
The Zay live a sedentary style and always choose the low land
near valleys’ bottom and river for growing wet rice
while the H’mong prefer higher elevation for corn farming.
Especially some decade ago when poppy cultivation for opium
was not forbidden. Recently, the H’mong changed from
sifting into sedentary way of life they gradually move to
lower land and learn many things from others. At this moment
Ta Van can be reach by car, Jeep, mini van. However a trail
up and downhill from Y Linh Ho through Lao Chai to Ta Van
offers superb and romantic rout to hikers.