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Bac Ha has one of the most interesting ethnic markets in Vietnam and possibly everywhere in South East Asia: " Sunday is market day in Bac Ha

Which is the occasion for the various local ethnics to gather in huge crowds to exchange the last news, gossip, shop, and eat a copious lunch. It was visibly a festive event. I was surrounded in a sea of color, and had the feeling to be on a movie set. Everyone seemed excited. A few men rode small horses. Those fortunate enough to be able to pay 10000 dongs (75 cents) arrived at the back of a motorcycle, sharing the ride with two other passengers. Most came on foot, from villages as far as 20 kilometers away. Even the old hunched lady was not going to miss the weekly party. Although there were several ethnies at the market, the Flower Hmong women stood apart with their vibrant dress. They wear a number of skirts and underskirts all made with very colorful fabric and some batiks. Their tops are embroided, often with flower motifs, and their heads are covered with elaborately shaped and balanced scarfs. In the rapid global uniformization of today's world, it was refreshing to see this untouched beauty in humanity..."


Night 1: Ha Noi - Lao Cai by Train 

Pick up at your proposed Hotel at 20:00 then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21:10. 

Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden Cabin.  4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).


Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village (5 hours trekking, 12 km, 2 villages - B, L, D)

6:00 Am- Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Take a drive of 40km to your hotel in Sapa town. Have breakfast in restaurant. The guide will help you to put your bags in the Hotel luggage store then take you to explore Sapa town. Back to the Hotel ,Have lunch.

After lunch, a walk down to the South-West of Sapa (around 4km), pass through the market to the sealed pathways to Cat Cat village. This twisty beautiful vista road leads you to stairs where we descend to the centre of the Black H'mong’s village then keep going down to the Cat Cat waterfall. This is a chance to see the hydroelectric power station established by the French. You can swim in the small river if weather permits. Walk along by the river about 6km to visit Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes


Night 2: Dinner & Overnight in home stay


Day 2: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai Villages - Sapa (7 hours trekking, 17 km, 3 villages - B, L, D)

Breakfast at Hotel. Get the show on the road in the morning from the hotel by car to head for the valley where to visit 2 villages of the H'mong and the Dzay. Picnic lunch on the way or in a local family. Go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, visiting a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Walk up to the road for the transfer back to Sapa. Dinner at restaurant. After dinner, you are free at your own leisure.


Night 3: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town. 

Day 3: Sapa - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L, D)

Breakfast at Hotel then check out hotel room. Transfer to Bac Ha market (120km from Sapa). You will visit a big market filled with many different hill-tribe peoples. This is the most colorful market in North Vietnam. At the market, you have chance to enjoy Bac Ha people's simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches...

Return to the town for lunch.

Say good bye to Bac Ha and get back to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth in Lao Cai. Dinner at restaurant.

Night 4:Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden Cabin. ( 4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request ).

Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. Tour ends.


Rate per person: Ask for more detail

Price includes:

- Full transportation by private A/C vehicle as tour program indicated.

- Sightseeing fees and permits.

- English or French speaking guide

- All meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

- Accommodation as program ( communal sale in Home stay and twin share/double share in hotel)

Price excludes: 

- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned

- International flight and international airport tax on departure

- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.

- A/C 4 berth soft sleeper train (join cabin - wooden cabin)

*NOTE: Rate is subjected to change without period notice