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Sapa - Bac Ha Market

US$ 165
per pax

This 3-day Sapa – Bac Ha Market brings you closer to the ethnic community dwelling at the foot of “the Roof of Indochina”. Trek to explore the villages of the Tay, Hmong, Dao and Day – the majority inhabitants of the northwest. Interact with them, see how they live, wear and trade in a local market that is full of curiosities.

Detailed program
Depart on a northbound train for Lao Cai which is home to the well-known town of Sapa. Covering a distance of roughly 300km, this train ride is very popular with foreign visitors who decide to give railway travel in Vietnam a shot. It is an overnight leg and you will arrive at Lao Cai Train Station early in the morning of the next day.

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Bac Ha

Upon arrival, embark on a drive to Bac Ha – a small and quiet village located a hundred kilometers to the northeast of Lao Cai. Hike through the village’s rice terraces and streams and visit little far-fetched villages of Thai Rang Pho and La Lo – home to the Tay and Black Hmong.
End of the day, settling in a warm family of the Tay ethnic group. 
In the evening, have dinner with a Tay family, a privileged moment to be friends and observe their lifestyle.
Overnight at your host’s house.

Day 2: Bac Ha – Sapa

Pay a visit to the weekly market attended by local minorities around Bac Ha. The location of the market is rotated during the week, Tuesday at Coc Ly, Wednesday at Sin Cheng, Saturday at Can Cau, Sunday at Muong Khuong or Bac Ha). 
Observe how each ethnic trade and the commodities they bring to the market. Visit the livestock market where people buy and sell oxen, horses, dogs and cats. 

In the afternoon, transfer to Sapa – the former French holiday resort. Take a stroll around this charming town to discovery its signature edifices:

  • The stone Gothic church of Sapa built by the French when they settled here;
  • The central market – the rendezvous of foodies and handicraft hunters. 

Overnight at hotel in Sapa. 

Day 3: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi

In the morning, trek through beautiful landscapes along the valley of Muong Hoa Valley which is located to the southwest of Sapa, at the foot of Mountain Fanxipan.
Drop by the villages populated by the local ethnics – Black Hmong’s Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai and Day’s Ta Van to observe them in labor and in daily life. 
Return to Lao Cai in the afternoon. 
Board the overnight train to Hanoi. 

End of your Sapa – Bac Ha Market tour.

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Number of people6 pax4 pax2 pax
Price per person$165$190$260
Number of people6 pax4 pax2 pax
Price per person$165$190$260

What’s included

  • Overnight train transfers Hanoi ↔ Lao Cai, soft berth;
  • The company and service of an English-speaking tour guide;
  • 2-star accommodation (twin/double room);
  • Meals as mentioned in the program;
  • All excursions and visits mentioned (entry fees included);
  • 02 (two) bottles of water/person/day of guided visit.

What’s not included

  • International airfare and taxes;
  • Visa-on-arrival to Vietnam;
  • Tips, personal expenses and other services not mentioned;
  • Accommodation in Hanoi.

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