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Explore the nearly 100-year-old Pavi stone road


As a trail connecting the two districts of Phong Tho, Lai Chau province and Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, the ancient stone road Pavi is a new discovery and has charm for visitors who love trekking.
With trekking enthusiasts, the ancient stone road Pavi has now become a point to conquer every time you come to the Northwest. Up to now, this road is 100 years old since the commencement date.

Pavi stone road was started construction in 1920 and inaugurated in 1927 with pebbles and large rocks lined up from the hands of the villagers at the foot of Nhìu Co San mountain. The construction of this road is done entirely by hand by indigenous peoples. The total length of the road is about 80 km, which is a road connecting the two provinces of Lai Chau and Lao Cai to transport cardamom, minerals and other goods. The path through primeval forests, cardamom forest and soaring mountains in the Northwest, the road is beautiful and not too steep, wagons can walk. The French also built an airport on a large plateau near Nhiu Co San village to gather and transport goods. Pavi ancient stone road. The ancient stone road has been likened to the lifeline of traffic and is named after the French Congregation Pavie. This is a road crossing the magnificent Nhìu Co San mountain (Horn Trau mountain) to connect Sang Ma Sao commune, Bat Xat district (Lao Cai) with Sin Suoi Ho commune of Phong Tho district (Lai Chau). To form this road, nearly 50,000 Hmong and Dao people sweated and their lives for 5 years to complete 80km of stone trails. With the development of modern roads connecting the two provinces of Lao Cai – Lai Chau through O Quy Ho pass, the road is gradually forgotten and left in the middle of the deep forest, but about 30 km of rocky roads still exist until today. now on. However, only about 17km remains almost intact after 100 years. The stone path is like sleeping in the middle of a great forest, with many historical and cultural sediments. On the way to explore, we catch a village of the people, passing through primeval forests or poetic bamboo forests or waterfalls like fairyland … The ancient stone road Pavi always has a special attraction for adventurous tourists. Exploring this trail is usually those who love climbing, trekking and jogging. To conquer the ancient stone road Pavi, visitors will begin trekking from the village of Sàng Ma Pho, through the relatively unspoiled forest where the road is most preserved. There are still traces of the graves of those who participated in the road construction on the roadside. The moss-covered rocky path, zigzagging through the forest will eventually bring the trekker foot to the old French airport at the foot of Nhiu Co San mountain, which is also the end of this heritage journey. Conquering Pavi Road is quite leisurely, but there are many beautiful experiences with views from above to the terraced fields of ethnic minorities, feeling the power of people on the mossy stone road in the enigmatic forest. and watch the family of Nhìu Co San mountain standing in the clouds. Previously, in 2019, the People’s Committee of Bat Xat district (Lao Cai) and the People’s Committee of Phong Tho district (Lai Chau) conducted surveys to connect and develop tourism for this route. After this field survey, the ancient stone road Pavi has really promoted the tourism potential of two communes and two districts, as well as preserved the cultural and historical values ​​of the ancient stone road Pavi. In particular, connectivity in tourism development promotes socio-economic development, hunger eradication and poverty reduction for local people. The exploitation of tourism on this road has contributed to creating an attractive new tourist destination, diversifying tourism products, attracting more capital to invest in tourism, and at the same time being an opportunity for the units. Tourism business to meet, exchange, expand cooperation, create quality tourism products to serve tourists. Surely this place will be an impossible place for those who love nature, love to explore. If you want to try the feeling once in your life going back to the past, you can choose a 2 day 3 night itinerary to go with the ancient stone road Pavi.