Adventure to three colorful markets in Sapa 4 days
Located at an altitude of 1600m in the remote North – Western Highlands, Sapa attracts many visitors not only by spectacular scenery and ideal weather but minority markets around. At unique and colorful markets, we can have better understanding about diversity Montagnard people and their culture. Sapa markets tour will be unforgettable, educational, rewarding with a healthy dose of fun.
Day 1: Hanoi –night train to Lao Cai
At 8h30 pm, we will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 2: Lao Cai –Can Cau Market –Bac Ha (B, L, D)
Arrive Lao Cai Railways Station in the early morning (around 6am), you will have a refreshment and breakfast before transfering to Can Cau Saturday Market, a small market situated in a valley and 7 kms far from China. The journey to Can Cau takes us more than 2 hours.
At the market, you can see minority people exchanging everything through cups of wine sold in the market, young boys and girls in colourful costumes attendding the market with the hope of finding “their half”.
Leaving Can Cau Market with lots of nice photos, you head to Bac Ha. On the way, you will visit a village of the Flower H’mong. Check in hotel in Bac Ha, you have free time to explore the town.
Day 3: Bac Ha –Sapa (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we take a walk to Bac Ha Sunday Market, the biggest and the most colourful market in the North West area.
At the market, you have a chance to see unique kinds of food, special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches, etc… Today is also another chance for you to take nice photos of spectacular scenery.
Leave the market, you will visit the H’mong King’s house built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920. Return the town for lunch.
In the afternoon, you have a guided tour to Ban Pho Village. Then make our way to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat & Sin Chai (B, L, D)
A morning walking tour in Sapa opens a busy market where the Red Dao, the Black H’mong and other minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their embroidery, silverware, handicrafts and purchase provisions.
Back to hotel by 10 am, we start a trekking day to visit villages of the Black H’mong (Cat Cat and Sin Chai). Picnic lunch at a waterfall and then you can see an old French Hydro power station. A transfer back to Sapa by Jeep will be arranged. Overnight in Sapa town.
Day 5: Sapa- Coc Ly –Lao Cai (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Then you depart early in the morning at 7am for Coc Ly Tuesday Market. Enjoy the peaceful life of different minority peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay and Dzay. The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops as well as exchange their own experience.
Boating along Chay river, you will be surprised at breaktaking scenary of impressive Rock Mountains and waterfalls. You also visit some villages on the way.
Then jeep transfers you back to Laocai Station for overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi at around 5pm. End of great tour.
All transportation and transfer as in the itinerary
English speaking guide escorted from Hanoi
Accommodation based on twin share with daily breakfast
Entrance fees and permits during guided time
Extra meals as per the itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
Train ticket Hanoi –Lao Cai -Hanoi (soft sleeper berth, A/C cabin of 4 berths)
Drinks and meals not mentioned
Entrance fees during free time
Pre & post accommodation in Hanoi
Tips, Personal expenses