Peace and tranquility in Seo My Ty
Update: Jan 10, 2022
Seo My Ty still retains the characteristics of a Mong village in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, with roofs thatched with po mu wood and terraced fields winding around the highest man-made lake in Indochina.

Seo My Ty Lake is surrounded by mountains. The lake water is clear all year round, covered with clouds. — Photo

Seo My Ty is still new to tourists when visiting Sa Pa. It is a small village of Ta Van Commune and lies deep in Hoang Lien National Park. It is about 20km from the centre of Sa Pa Town. This place has a lot of potentials to develop ecological and cultural tourism, attracting tourists who love peace and exploring the mountains and forests of northwest Viet Nam.

To get to Seo My Ty, we travelled on the road with the most beautiful scenery in Sa Pa - Muong Hoa Valley, then continued through the centre of Lao Chai and Ta Van Commune. From Ta Van to Seo My Ty, the road was rough and only suitable for motorbikes or off-road cars. As a reward, we had the chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Muong Hoa Valley, beautiful terraced fields and bamboo forests that are strictly protected by the locals.

To get to Seo My Ty Village, visitors will go through Muong Hoa Valley. — Photo

After about an hour of driving, we were amazed at the peaceful natural scenery, away from the hustle and bustle in the city. In front of us was the clear Seo My Ty Lake which is known as the highest man-made lake in Viet Nam and Indochina.

Seo My Ty Lake is located at an altitude of more than 1,600m above sea level. It possesses a wild beauty like in Europe. If visitors choose a point on the mountainside looking down, they will see this land surrounded by green trees and covered with dew. It looks like a charming oasis on a steep cliff.

Seo My Ty Lake was created by blocking the dam to build the Seo Chong Ho power plant. The water in the lake flowing from Hoang Lien National Park is clear and cool. People here also take advantage of this place to raise sturgeon and salmon.

One of the most popular activities is boating on the lake. We used kayaks to explore.

Seo My Ty Village still retains the characteristics of the Mong people in Sa Pa. Here, the Mong people have settled for generations so their customs and traditions have been preserved until today.

People around Seo My Ty Lake also take advantage of this place to raise sturgeon and salmon. — Photo

We visited the village in December when it was full of flowers. Peach and plum blossoms bloom all over the village and stretch down the mountainside. We were engrossed in the magnificent terraced fields, ethnic children and cattle grazing. The scenery here was so peaceful and rustic. Coming here, the stress of life disappeared and our souls became light and peaceful.

After enjoying the view of the lake, we walked around the village, discovered the houses of local people and enjoyed delicious and attractive salmon specialities raised by people at Seo My Ty Lake.

Because we loved the idyllic scenery here, we asked a homestay to stay overnight near Seo My Ty Lake.

Vu Thi Ngoc Huong, a local tour guide, said: “Tourists often visit on one day at Seo My Ty or stay here overnight. Some people like the peaceful feeling of the village and also stay for about a week."

Seo My Ty has the beautiful scenery of the lake, mountains, forests as well as a cool and fresh climate. Although living far from the centre, the locals here gain a stable income from fishing; growing cardamom and rice; raising cattle and other forest products.

One day of experiencing and discovering the beautiful scenery, life and peace at Seo My Ty is certainly not enough, but it certainly has left in our memories new and unforgettable images and feelings about this attractive land. 

Majestic scenery of mountains and forests on the way to Seo My Ty Village. — Photo

By Lam Giang