Some facts about the village of Nam Cang

Nam Cang commune is the most remote region of Sapa district, situated 36 km from Sapa town. The village is inhabited by the Red Dao & Black H’mong minority people. The commune includes 267 households with a population of around 1,578. 

Before the year 2000, nearly 80 per cent of households were living in poverty and were short of food and over 70 per cent of the population were illiterate. As a result of a local development plan and investment in education and farming, the general living standard of the population has improved, however the village remains poor.

As part of the development strategy a pilot project to grow cardamom was implemented in two households in the commune. The project was a success, generating high economic yield. Today, Nam Cang farmers grow around 600 hectares of cardamom deep in the forest and the crop is an important source of income for the villagers. However, the main crop is still rice, the lifeblood of the mountainous area.

During your stay at Topas Riverside Lodge, you are welcome to participate in some of the traditional daily activities of the Nam Cang people, including rice planting or harvesting, fishing, archery, silver smithery or bamboo paper making.