Discover Can Cau and Bac Ha market 4 days 3 nights

This four-day tour takes you to two of the liveliest local markets in the Sapa area. Visiting the markets, your senses will be overwhelmed by sights, sounds and smells coming from the maze of stalls. You will meet people from many of the different ethnic groups in the area and learn about their cultures and traditional crafts. This amazing cultural discovery will all be set against the stunning back of Sapa's rice terraced mountains and sweeping valleys.

Tour code: NA11E
Duration:  4 days 3 nights
  • Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha (L/D)
    • One of our English-speaking guides will collect you at your hotel in Hanoi around 7:30AM, and begin your drive towards Lao Cai, where we’ll be stopping for lunch.

      After lunch we head to the H’mong King’s house (King Hoang A Tuong), which was built by the French and Chinese in 1920, leading to a unique fusion of European and Oriental architecture, making for an incredibly grand structure.

      From here we begin our trekking by heading to a Flower H’mong community in Ban Pho Village. Their culture is named for the colourful and extravagantly decorated traditional outfits that they wear, often made by hand. It’s a truly fascinating culture that you’ll get to learn much about during your time here. Afterwards we continue our trek until we reach Na Hoi Village, where you’ll have dinner and stay the night with a local family. In total the trek is about 3 to 5 kilometres long.
      Discover Can Cau and Bac Ha market
      Discover Can Cau and Bac Ha market
  • Day 2: Can Cau Market - Trek Bac Ha (B/L/D)
    • After breakfast in our homestay we’ll drive to Can Cau Market via Bac Ha Town. Although the market is smaller than some others in the regions, it is special in the sense that it has retained its local and authentic appeal.

      Few tourists actually come here, which is probably the reason for how it’s achieved this, and as such it makes for a great place to get a real feel for the local cultures of the region. Once you’ve had your fill exploring and perusing the many fascinating stalls, it’s time to trek from Ta Giang Pho to lay Thuy Ngai, which presents you with incredible views along the route as you’re surrounded by wild and beautiful natural landscapes and terraced rice fields. Along the way you’re sure to run into some people belonging to the Red Dao or Black H’mong ethnic groups. The trek is about 12 to 15 kilometres, and when you reach the end our driver will pick you up and take you back to Na Hoi Village for another night in the homestay.
      Can Cau Market
      Can Cau Market
  • Day 3: Bac Ha market - Sapa (B/L/D)
    • After breakfast at the homestay, you’ll start the day by walking to Bac Ha Market. Here you’ll spend some time among the local people perusing the many enticing stalls. This is easily one of the most colourful markets in Northern Vietnam, and can look more like a festival or celebration than a simple market.

      In fact, the whole area is positively alive with activity, which is only added to by the various animals like pigs, cats, buffaloes and horses scuffling around, all for sale of course.

      Once you’re finished at the market, you’ll get an opportunity to relax your undoubtedly sore legs and feet on a cruise along the Chay River. As you float down it’s calm waters, you’ll get to simply sit back and take in the incredible views, and when you disembark, our driver will waiting to take you to Sapa for lunch.

      After lunch in Sapa we will head out on another trek through Muong Hoa Valley, which showcases what Sapa is most famous for, namely the amazing views of rice paddies rippling across the mountains. The trek is roughly 3 to 50 kilometres long, and afterwards we’ll head to our homestay in Tavan for dinner and an overnight stay.
      Bac Ha Market
      Bac Ha Market
  • Day 4: Sapa - Hanoi (B/L/D)
    • After your breakfast on the fourth day, it’s time for your final trek, which will be roughly 3 to 5 kilometres long. We’ll make our way through the verdant valley in order to visit two villages, one inhabited by Black H’mong and the other by Dzay. In the Dzay Village we’ll enjoy lunch with a local Dzay family before being picked up and driven to Hanoi via Lao Cai. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at around 6:30pm.
       Muong Hoa Valley
       Muong Hoa Valley

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