Pha Long Market and Cao Son Market Tour 3 days/4 nights
Very rural seldom visited market, where you can meet ethnic groups that are only found in this particular district of Vietnam, mostly Hmong, Nung, Tou Zi, Pa Zi and Tou Lao. Along the road, in a landscape of mountain peaks, numerous Nung et Hmong villages. Lots of traditional houses with baked earth tiled roofs.
Night 1: Hanoi – Depart to Laocai
20: 00 pm – Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Hanoi railway station to board the express train to Laocai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin (4 pax/ cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).
Day 1: Sapa – Pha Long Market – Topas Eco Lodge (B, L)
Meet your local guide and driver at Lao Cai Station upon your arrival, freshen up and enjoy Breakfast before heading north overland 55km to Muong Khuong and turn right for 25km along the Chinese border line to Pha Long Market. This very rural market is not very famous among tourists because of poor transportation and special government permission but really fascinating one for its special festive atmosphere. Joining local tribal peoples you will spend some hours at the market place where all local products and farming tools as well as Chinese cheap consumer goods can be seen for sales. But more than that, you can see and even contact friendly and cheerful minority peoples of different tribal groups in their colorful traditional dresses who come from remote villages mainly for enjoying meeting others for socializing. After the market, we shall drive back to Muong Khuong for Lunch and continue along the country road along the Chay River and later arrive in Cao Son village which nested in the green color of the mountains, forest and rice paddies. Check in the Eco Lodge and enjoy for free time to discover the beautiful surrounding nature.
Day 2: Sapa – Cao Son Market – Topas Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Today plan is for walking to explore tribal villages around Cao Son. From the Eco Lodge you will follow quiet village foot path up and down hill through valley and plump fruit gardens passing some villages of the Nung and later to Lung Sen a large village of the Flower H’mong which featured with spacious houses built with earthen walled. After many home visiting you will enjoy Lunch in the village. The walk continue in the afternoon for few hours passing a beautifully green valley of rice and corn fields to visit Seo Lung Cheng village before getting back to the Lodge.
Day 3: Eco Lodge – Coc Ly – Trung Do village – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will leave the Cao Son Lodge for a drive along a tough country road to Coc Ly during which enjoying visit to some small villages of the black Zao beautifully set on the west bank of the Chay River. Boarding a boat in Coc Ly at noon you will cruise down stream to explore local life in villages along the Chay River. At Trung Do Village you will spend an hour to visit this well organized Village of the Tay peoples with almost nearly a hundred houses built on stilt in a traditional style. The boat trip ends in Bao Nhai where the car and driver waiting for us for a drive to Lao Cai station with some stops along the way for seeing tea plantations. Getting to Lao Cai Station at about 17.00, taking shower and dinner on your own before boarding the overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi Arrival
Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.
Arrive in Hanoi around 05.30 am. End of services.
Trip Included :
Private car/mini van
AC 4 berth soft sleeper train (join cabin)
All entrance fees
English or French speaking guide
All meals as per program (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
Accommodation as program, based in twin sharing
Trip Excluded :
Insurance, Personal expenses & Tips
Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
What to bring :
Wide brim hat
Camera + Film