Nam Dam Village – Homestays & 5 best things to do

Nestled in the stunning landscapes of Ha Giang, Nam Dam Village serves as a window into the vibrant culture, breathtaking natural beauty, and intricate handicrafts of Vietnam's northernmost province. Here's why this remote and serene village should be a must-visit destination on your Ha Giang itinerary.
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Highlights of Nam Dam Village

An ethnic minority house made of clay in Nam Dam Village
an ethnic house in Nam Dam Village

Nam Dam is not just any village; it’s a unique cultural enclave within Ha Giang, one that retains its ethnic heritage with grace and charm. Situated in Quan Ba, the village is inhabited by the Dao ethnic minority, known for their distinctive attire and folk practices. What sets it apart is the perfect blend of idyllic landscapes and rich cultural experiences awaiting you. Traditional wooden houses are scattered amidst lush green fields, while the background is dominated by the majestic mountains that characterize Ha Giang.

Things to Do in Nam Dam Village

In the Village:

1. Stay Overnight in a Homestay

family dinner at Dien Homestay in Nam Dam Village in Ha Giang

One of the best ways to truly soak in the local atmosphere is to stay overnight in a homestay. Not only will you experience a family dinner filled with authentic ethnic cuisines, but you’ll also get a glimpse into the daily lives of the Dao community.

2. Experience Local Ethnic Minority Life

Dao ethnic minority and tourist dressed up like Dao in Nam Dam Village in Ha Giang

From observing traditional crafts to engaging with villagers in their daily routines, your stay will provide you with a rare glimpse into ethnic minority life that most tourists never see.

3. Nai Nam Dam Waterfall

Nai Dam Dam Waterfall in Ha Giang at Nam Dam Village

During the rainy season, the waterfall is at its most splendid. Nestled between dense jungle and towering mountains, a short hike will take you to this perfect spot to cool off. However, do note that during the dry season, the waterfall may not be as impressive.

4. Nam Dam Hill

rice fields around Nam Dam Village

For those who love a panoramic view, a climb to the top of Nam Dam Hill is well worth the effort. Overlook the sweeping mountains and the intricate patchwork of fields that make up the countryside.

Outside the Village:

  • Lung Khuy Cave:
    Also located 9 km from the village, this remote cave is a spelunker’s paradise.
  • Lung Tam Village:
    About a 15 km drive from Nam Dam, this village is renowned for its weaving tradition and sits alongside a picturesque river, perfect for exploring and capturing some breathtaking photos.

How to Get There

Nam Dam Village is around 55 km from Ha Giang City, roughly a 2-hour drive away. You can first travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang City by either a sleeper bus at night or a limousine bus during the daytime. The journey takes about 6 to 7 hours.

Upon reaching Ha Giang City, you can rent a motorbike to drive yourself, hop on the back with an easy rider, or hire a car. A popular option is to incorporate a visit to Nam Dam Village as part of the Ha Giang Loop, a 3 to 5-day route that covers various villages and attractions in the province.

Best Time to Visit Nam Dam Village

  • Summer (June to August): Hot weather and more change of rain, but lush green landscapes; the waterfall is at its most vibrant.
  • Autumn & Spring (September to November & March to May): Pleasant weather with little rainfall; an ideal time for outdoor activities.
  • Winter (December to February): Colder temperatures and less rainfall, but often you can see clouds romantically hanging in the mountains.

Tips for Visiting the Village

  • Respect local culture: Show respect for local cultures and traditions. Be mindful of your behavior and attire.
  • Homestay overnight: Consider staying in a homestay for a more authentic experience. This will give you a closer look at the traditional way of life in the village.
  • Ha Giang Loop: For many travelers, Nam Dam Village is too close to Ha Giang City. If you’re on the Ha Giang Loop, you may arrive here in the late morning or early afternoon, which may feel too soon to settle for the night. In this case you can still visit the village, but might not be the right place for an overnight.
  • Enough cash: There are no ATMs in the village, so make sure you have enough cash on you for the duration of your stay.
  • Nearby facilities: Nam Dam Village is close to Tam Son town, the main town in Quan Ba district. If you need more extensive facilities like ATMs, gas stations, or a wider range of dining options, Tam Son is the place to go.

Accommodation in Nam Dam Village

Nam Dam is known for its community tourism, and homestays form the backbone of this effort. While you shouldn’t expect lavish amenities, some homestays in the village offer comfortable accommodations. The main reason to stay in a homestay, however, is to immerse yourself in local life.

Recommended homestays in Nam Dam Village

  • Toong Homestay: Dive into the local culture at Toong Homestay, a place that captures the true essence of Quan Ba’s community. Experience daily life from a local perspective and partake in traditional activities and meals for an enriching stay.
  • Diễn Homestay: Find peace and solitude at Diễn Homestay, your quiet haven set against the backdrop of Quan Ba’s scenic landscapes.
  • Hong Thu Homestay & Bungalow: Soak in Quan Ba’s natural splendor at Hong Thu Homestay & Bungalow. Relax in the tranquil environment of the bungalow, while taking in the awe-inspiring vistas.

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