Bac Ha market is the biggest now, the connecting between the local village in Sapa and the local market will make our trip more interesting, we have a chance to enjoy the huge rice paddy terraces as well as a colorful market. Thousands peoples from different ethnic groups in their colorful traditional costumes who gather at regional markets for their most important event of the week. Everyone will quickly absorbed by festive atmosphere and understand the important role of these markets in spiritual life of local ethnic peoples.
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (Night train)
The tour will be started at 20:45 at the lobby of the hotel. Our guide will pick you up and transfer to the Hanoi Railway station for the overnight to Sapa.
Day 2 Saturday: Lao Cai – Can Cau – Bac Ha (B L D)
Pick up at Lao Cai Station transfer to Sapa town for breakfast and relax.
Then, transfer by road 122km to Can Cau via Lao Cai city and Bac Ha Town let. The road is good but having many sharp bend with a long descend and a long ascend which takes about 3 hours including one or two breaks along the way.
Arrive to the market place at about 10.00 am. Spend two hours joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the festive market activities where peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Saturday for shopping and socializing. The right location of the market place also offers photo-hunters ideal opportunity for taking photos, not only of peoples in colorful traditional costumes but also breathtaking landscapes of the perfect surrounding. Leaving the market almost at noon, drirve 20 km back to Bac Ha town let for lunch break.
In the afternoon, you will take a walk to Ban Pho, a small village of Nung and Flower Hmong. The villagers grow vegetables and fruit trees. One of the most famous fruit of the area is plum. Visit a local house and taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the village.
Then go back to hotel late in the afternoon.
Tour summary: Road transfer approx.5 to 6 hours/ Market visit & walk 3 hours/ Lunch included.
Day 3 (every Sunday): Bac Ha Maket – Lao Cai railway station (B L D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Early departure from Bac Ha Town at about 08.00am Sunday morning to arrive to the market place. Spend three hours joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the market activities and festive atmosphere. All peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Sunday for shopping, but socializing is of great importance. The cattle and clothing sections are the most interesting until 11.00 and then come the food section where peoples meet, talk, enjoy food and especially drink a kind of locally made corn-wine.
Lunch break in a local restaurant. Then leave Bac Ha for half an hour road ride downhill to Trung Do village which is beautifully set in a valley on the eastern bank of the mighty Chay River. Take an hour leisure walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in large stilt houses andl have maintained well their traditional way of life. Walk to the boat pier in mid afternoon, boarding a boat for cruising downstream the Chay River for an hour to Bao Nhai. Boat cruise end at Bao Tan Village, near the motorway.
Picked up and transfer 45 km to Lao Cai city, spend half an hour to see trading activities at the border gate and coffee break before transfer to Lao Cai station.
Tour summary: Road transfer 4 to 5 hours/ Market, village visit & Walk about 4 hours/ Boat trip 1 hour/ Lunch included.
Day 4: Hanoi arrival
Up on arrival in Hanoi very early in the morning.
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