Sapa Colorful Market Tour – 3 Days
The journey uphill offering beautiful views over the valleys, small village of the local minority and colourful markets that just happen one time per week such as: Can Cau and Bac Ha market. Don’t miss this chance, let come and enjoy it
Tour Route: Hanoi – Lao Cai - Can Cau – Bac Ha Market – Bac Ha – Trung Do - Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van - Lao Cai – Hanoi
Starts: Hanoi (pick up from the hotel in evening)
Tour Level: Easy adventure
Group Size: Private only - 2 persons minimum and above
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Day 01: Hanoi – Night train to Sapa
Day 02: Lao cai – Can Cau – Bac Ha Market
Day 03: Bac Ha – Trung Do - Sapa
Day 04: Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van – Night train to Hanoi
Day 05: Hanoi
Day 01: Hanoi – Lao Cai (Night train)
Train: King Express / Livitrans Express
Our tour will be started at 20:25 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 02: (Saturday): Arrive Lao Cai – Can Cau – Bac Ha ( L, D)
Accommodation: Ngan Nga Hotel / Cong Phu Hotel
You will be met by local guide and driver upon your arrival at Lao Cai station then transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast (optional). Then start our drive to Can Cau market. The road is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai Bridge. After crossing the bridge, we begin our journey uphill offering beautiful views over the valleys. Situated 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch. 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 in Bac Ha.
Day 03: (Sunday): Bac Ha market – Trung Do – boat trip on Chay river - Sapa (B, L)
Accommodation: Sapa Elite Hotel or Similar
After breakfast, we take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former Hmong King. Then continue to visit Bac Ha market, the biggest sunday market in the area. Every Sunday, the different and colorful ethnic minority come all here to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas. Your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we drive downhill towards Lao Cai for about half an hour. We stop on the way (before reaching Lao Cai) to take a short walk to Trung Do village inhabited by Tay people. Tay villages are always set up at the foot of a mountain or along a stream and are named after a mountain, a field, or a river. Each village contains about 15-20 households. A large village is divided into many small hamlets. The houses are built on stilts or level with the ground. Stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea before taking a boat cruise upstream the Chay River. The scenery is very beautiful on both sides of the river. The boat trip will end at Bao Nhai Bridge where your vehicle will be waiting for you for the journey back to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 04: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Train: King Express / Livitrans Express
Breakfast in the hotel we then, embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station by car. The guide sees you off there and takes you on the train. Overnight on train.
Day 05: Arrive Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi very early in the morning, free time. End of all the services here.
What is included?
- English speaking guide in Sapa only
- Transfer and transportation in Hanoi and Sapa
- All entrance fees and permits
- Hotel accommodation base on twin sharing room
- Train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Soft sleeper)
- Meals as listed in the itinerary: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D – Dinner
- Water (01water of water/day)
- Boat on Chay River
What is excluded?
- Tour guide in Hanoi.
- Personal Pocket Money
- Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
- Travel Insurance
- All other services not indicated above
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Dear Giang, We came back in Hoi An today from Sa Pa. We had a wonderful time and we would like to thank you for organizing everything perfectly. The tours were exactly how we wanted them to be, it was even above expectation. Our tour guide Dudu was fantastic and so was our driver.
Again thank your very much,
Nelly and Keith Brooker Monday, March 2, 2021
Dear Giang, I wanted to thank you very much for arranging our holiday so well - we had a wonderful time and everything seemed to go very smoothly. In the group tour at the start we were impressed by how various different staff always knew where...
The private tour was particularly good and Khanh was an exceptional guide - great fun to spend time with, knowledgeable and good at keeping everyone happy throughout the trip. He adapted the itinerary to suit the weather and our preferences ...
Thank you again.
Fiona Cloke, Tuesday, April 30, 2021
Good afternoon Diu, The trip was wonderful and our guide May Nihn is very helpful and experienced. Thank God that the weather turns out well on the 2nd day in Sapa so it's makes our journey easier to Fansipan and other places of interests. Our driver is also very accommodating...
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to you for coordinating this itinerary and reacting promptly to change the hotel for us. In fact my dad had a fall in Hanoi hotel and ...
Having said that, it's still a pleasant and enjoyable trip for us.
Veron Tan, Saturday, March 16, 2021