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Muong Hoa become the local company

Saturday, 06 July 2013

Bangkok, Thailand – Announced today, the local company has acquired the web network of Muong Hoa, a tour operator project setup to benefit the local communities in Northern Vietnam. The Muong Hoa team will soon become the Vietnam representative office of TLC. Think global – Act local The local company is a web portal offering

Have a Sapa photos story to share ?

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

You already have your Sapa page on the internet ? Great, all we need is your authorization to reproduce it. You don’t have such a page ? No problem, now is a great time to do it … As simple as 1-2-3 We propose you to share your Sapa photos travel story on our new

Unicef Vietnam Immunization is a successful and cost-effective way to save children’s lives. 24–30 April is World Immunisation Week UNICEF has been a driving force behind universal immunization since the 1980s – behind reaching each and every child. UNICEF and its partners are now intensifying their efforts to ensure that the poorest and most disadvantaged

PATA Foundation Silent Auction

Monday, 15 April 2013

The PATA Foundation Silent Auction, in conjunction with PATA Annual Summit starting next week (25th-28th April) at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, Thailand. We are participating in their auction with a advertising space, mean that someone will make a donation to PATA foundation and have their banner displayed on Taphin.com. *the equivalent of becoming

Taphin new website available

Monday, 08 April 2013

We’re pleased to revealed Taphin new website today A bright, revamped, user-friendly site with main objective to streamline community development throughout responsible tourism. A web platform benefiting to the local communities who aims to allow visitors to gain a comprehensive understanding of the the lifestyle, culture and traditions of the Red Dao & Black Hmong

Muong Hoa website updates

Monday, 25 March 2013

May 14th 2011 (the restaurant) The origin of domain name Muong Hoa : It was first registered for a restaurant website, but the web strategy proposed was not accepted. It is only after that we discovered Muong Hoa was the name of an hotel, of a street in Sapa, of a river and the name

Hmong Shop

Saturday, 23 March 2013

That big Hmong Shop dot twit (slash # thing) Why do simple when you can do complicated huh !?! It is our friend “May oi” who recently created her online shop This little Hmong shop, and to encourage her in her business initiative : we’re dedicating her this unique web address… *feel free to use

Shan Tuyet Tea of Northern Vietnam

Friday, 15 March 2013

The Shan Tuyet Tea produced in Hoang Su Phi district, a remote mountainous area, particularly Phin Ho village is one of most richest villages because villagers are exploiting available potentials and strengths to develop economy and built a community-based tourism culture village combining with new rural development. Most specific feature is hundreds-year-old Shan Tuyet Tea

Hoang Lien national park

Thursday, 07 February 2013

Statistics reveal that tourist arrivals shot up to Hoang Lien national park and there is a variety of tourism activities: from natural-based tourism like walking or climbing on mountains, landscape sightseeing, biology researching, or adventurous trips (Fansipan trekking, sports tours) to cultural tourism like village visiting, community-based activities etc. This message today just to remember

Vietnam Sapa Valley

Monday, 14 January 2013

I never thought that learning the beam would come in handy in a wet paddy field. But my childhood gymnastics classes paid off while crossing a rice terrace in the Sapa Valley in Vietnam. The ledge was less than a foot wide, with knee-deep water pooled either side. The beautiful Muong Hoa valley The most

Sapa pictures project for poor people

Thursday, 03 January 2013

Delivery of your Sapa pictures The Sapa pictures project may seems like a simple thing for you reading this webpage but most of the families living in the ethnic minorities villages surrounding Sapa don’t even have pictures of themselves. And we invite you to send them yours. Ultra personalized service (UPS) We are very fortunate

Our news archives moved to Sapa Story

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Muong Hoa Sapa news (on Sapa Story) We first imagined Sapa Story while discovering Sapa Stories, a business in Sapa blogging on their properties… We contact them and suggest to secured it (and have the pair) but it has not been done so we seize the opportunity today (few weeks later) by registering it for

2 districts of Lao Cai province

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

“What’s the purpose of having a name like BanKhoang.com ?” We have been recently asked by someone involved in community development and “the answer reside in the future”. And to better visualize “in 10 years from now” you first have to “go 10 years back” and evaluate the internet progress and evolution. Think about tomorrow

Textiles tours in Vietnam

Monday, 12 November 2012

Textiles tours (with ethnic guides) The textiles tours are fascinating excursions which can now be experienced in Vietnam. The textiles tours provide a glimpse into the traditional weaving and decorating practices of the ethnic minorities in the region. The special clothes are created with special techniques handed down over the generations, and viewing the unique

Chapter 1 completed

Thursday, 01 November 2012

Chapter 1 (sustainable strategy) Muong Hoa story began with chapter 1 in January 2011 when securing the domain name CatCat.Com, it opened the door to so many opportunities because an ethnic minority village(.com) is a potential solution to many situations … The web research continued for the last 2 years (focusing on Sapa district villages)

Bac Ha market new tours

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bac Ha market tours and trekking Bac Ha market is becoming more and more popular in the tourism industry. While Lao Cai is a popular travel destination, tourism in the province has been mostly limited to Sapa and the surrounding villages only. There are vast regions around Bat Xat, Si Ma Cai, Muong Khuong, Bac

Bat Xat villages new tours

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Bat Xat is a village, a commune and a district Bat Xat villages are becoming more and more popular in the tourism industry. While Lao Cai is a popular travel destination, tourism in the province has been mostly limited to Sapa and the surrounding villages only. There are vast regions around Bac Ha, Si Ma

Sapa Club – Join the club

Monday, 08 October 2012

Sapa Club (web platform and more) We first wanted to develop the platform under YouBuyFromMe name but it will be better for this brand name to be used exclusively for the local people handicrafts (no tours, no projects, etc.) So, we grouped in 1 address any products and/or services of Muong Hoa, moving ALL products

Muong Hoa ifoundation finished 1st

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

One Vietnam is an online network that connects you to millions of Vietnamese around the world. OVN came into being when a group of recent UC Berkeley and Harvard graduates perceived a growing disconnect between Vietnamese communities worldwide. Since the post 1960s Vietnamese diasporas, Vietnamese have spread out across over thirty countries around the globe.

Hoang Su Phi rice paddies

Monday, 17 September 2012

Hoang Su Phi (a national heritage) Hoang Su Phi, the magnificent terraced rice fields, which is 110km away from Ha Giang’s centre to the west, at the altitude of 1,000m above sea level, it is estimated that the terraced rice fields were created around 300 years ago, and have been handed down through generations by

Will you buy from me ?

Monday, 17 September 2012

You buy from me (the shop) You are probably aware of Craftlink organisation in Hanoi, representing 63 artisan groups and helping sell local handicrafts from ethnic groups. Their products are not sold online and their website is not using internet to it’s full potential. Craftlink had partner with Oxfam Vietnam for the Sapa Fair trade

5 names + 10 options = 20 months

Monday, 10 September 2012

Tourism at the bottom : Muong Hoa local tour operator activities are related to the tourism industry and those are the foundation of our actions, simply because it is a sustainable source of income for the locals and our internet strategy is the guarantee of our success on the long run. Social in the middle

Relief Vietnam donation

Saturday, 08 September 2012

MicroVenture tours (in Sapa) The domain names “ReliefVietnam.com” (+.org) were part of our Muong Hoa portfolio but were not used so we donated those 2 web properties to MACDI and we are very happy to support their new “Relief Vietnam” project. Their program is not open to public yet (scheduled for 2013) Their program have

Designated fund – How to ?

Monday, 03 September 2012

Restricted in so many ways (to promote our cause) Life would be so much easier by having a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization and the procedures required to obtain such a status are so complicated for us (alone with no budget) There is so MANY programs on the Internet like that we can NOT benefit from. Organizations

Sapa Northern Vietnam

Sunday, 02 September 2012

I’ve been a bit lax getting these images sorted, but, got a chance to go through them this weekend. To take up from the last post, after an amazing few days in Halong bay, we headed by train to a town called Sapa , in the mountains north of Hanoi. Its pretty close to the

Corn wine from Bac Ha, Ha Giang

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Corn wine from Ban Pho (Ha Giang province) Bac Ha is a beautiful land with nice dancing of Thai people and the intense corn wine bowl. Bac Ha corn wine is the pure water with water spumes made from a type of the local corn. The corn is planted in stone mountain. After 4 months

Good Morning Sapa

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

We woke up a few minutes before reaching Sapa and rushed to the toilets. My silly thinking says it is better using the train toilet than the public toilet at the train station. Arriving in Sapa at dawn at 5 a.m. was quite something… Good morning Sapa, Vietnam In sleepiness I asked myself; where was

Sapa web network of ethnic villages

Wednesday, 08 August 2012

The adventure started on January 09th (2011) We first secured the address CatCat.com and our Sapa web network of ethnic minorities villages domain names is constantly growing since. We’re reached a point where it would be a fiction to accomplish a better performance. We now have 99 domain names covering most of our activities into

Sapa local guides business training

Thursday, 02 August 2012

Most of Sapa local guides have been trekking guides for many years, sometimes working independently either through daily contacts with tourists or from recommendation via previous tourists but mostly they work for the hotels and tour companies generally at a much reduced rate. After few months in Sapa, we have founded that people here have

Photos tours Sapa, Northern Vietnam

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Photos tours Sapa (maximise your camera) Our unique photos tours Sapa is a workshop designed to help you discover the best spots the countryside has to offer. Under the guidance of a local-based professional photographer, the tour also aims to improve your photography skills, in themiddle of the rice paddies scenery. Anyone with an interest

What is the Friends of Cat Cat ? (and why) Because everybody is doing the same things the same way, we created a different product that offer visitors the opportunity to contribute to community development. It has been developed few months ago and ready to be launch. We signed agreements with the Commune of San

For the collection of our ethnic minority villages, we start organizing the tour packages on Muong Hoa website and the villages listing now have a more appealing visual. There is still no detailed description of each village as we only changed the villages of Sapa District homepage. We will complete this task for all of

The ethnic minority markets Ethnic minority markets attracts more and more people tourists visiting Sapa area to discover the hills tribes villages They are coming only for 1 day or 2 and the visit to the market is right on their arrival to the train station (or just before they leave) and Sapa is for

From Hanoi to Sapa

Saturday, 12 May 2012

When we got back from Halong Bay, we ended up taking a train that evening from Hanoi to Sapa, Vietnam. And after taking an organized tour of Halong Bay for a couple days, we decided to blaze our own path when we got to Sapa though we noticed when we got there that a lot

Jacob Sapa story

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Lao Cai province of northern Vietnam borders the Chinese border and is home to a number of different ethnic minorities that have lived in the area for centuries. I came to Vietnam with very few expectations as our time was relatively short and our tickets were bought over six months ago. Lao Cai province, Sapa,

Panoramic villages

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Explore ethnic minority villages (360) Want to see something special ? That is me in front of the brocade doing a magic trick to a young hmong girl. It's a panoramic villages 360′ picture which you can see full screen on your computer, just click here (will open a new window) and have fun with

Muong Hum Market Portraits

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Most people spend their Sunday morning relaxing, maybe sleeping in. Not while in Sapa ! On this particular Sunday morning I found myself being thrown about the interior of a Ford Transit, as it attempted to transit me over a mountain one would think a Transit ought not. The previous day I had immersed myself,

Sapa mountain ride

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

After the very scripted tour the previous day, the mountains landscape surrounding me drove the urge to go a little bit wild. In an unrestrained fit I hired a 100cc scooter from the hotel, purchased a chocolate croissant for the ride and saddled up my beast for a lose yourself tour of the mountain country.

Minority Walk in Sapa

Saturday, 14 April 2012

It was 9.30 in the morning, I was walking down the main street of Sapa on my way (with a collection of other white people) to Lao Chai; a village of one of the ethnic minorities that resides around Sapa town, when I was greeted with an eager ‘hello, where you from?‘. My mental image

Happy roads in Sapa

Friday, 13 April 2012

We arrived by sleeping bus in the early morning at a hostel in Sapa. There our exciting hiking tour started. First walked to a local village over the main roads. We were accompanied by a lot of locals, wearing very nice, colorful dresses. We really enjoyed their company, they were very interested in us. I

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