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TRIP CODE: BHCL-M-3  |  Departure: every Saturday, from Hanoi  |  Tour type: private

 

Summary
In this three day trip, you will join the locals at two ethnic minority markets in the eastern mountainous region of Lao Cai province and take a full day trekking to enjoy beautiful landscapes, meeting Flower H’mong, Tay and Phu La ethnic minority peoples, witnessing their everyday activities and experiencing their hospitality.

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Destinations
Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha market - Coc Ly market.

Highlights

  • Join in special hill-tribe market, discover the daily life of Flower H'mong, Red Dzao people.
  • Visit Coc Ly and Bac Ha markets.    

Brief itinerary:

DateActivitiesMeal
Day 1 Taking overnight train from Hanoi city to Sapa.
 
Day 2
Visiting Bac Ha market (Sunday)
B, L
Day 3
Visiting Bac Ha town
B, L
Day 4
Visiting Coc Ly market (Tuesday)
B, L

What to bring?

    • Original passport with valid visa
    • Camera and rolls of film
    • Sun block
    • Sun glasses
    • Wide brim hat
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Rain gear
    • Warm clothes
    • Small amount of cash
    • Personal medicines
    • Insect repellent
    • Joy and big smiles



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Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai province (night train)
We will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at 7.00 pm and transfer you to Hanoi train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai province. Experience the romantic overnight train travel.

Transfer from hotel to train station | Night train: 4-soft sleeper A/C shared cabin | Meals: not applicable.

Day 2: Lao Cai station - Bac Ha market on Sunday (B, L)
Arrive at Lao Cai's train station at 6.00 am, you will meet your local guide and driver as soon as you check out the station, freshen up and have breakfast before taking 2 hour drive through scenic countryside and then uphill to Bac Ha town at the elevation about 800m above sea level. Check in your hotel in Bac Ha, and take a quick shower and heading to the market place which is at its best time, crowded with tribal people includes H’mong, Zao,Tay and Phu La. At the market, the Flower H’mong is majority in number and the most eyed catching due to their colorful embroidered costumes. After hours wandering around the market, being excited with the festive atmosphere, taking hundreds of pictures, you may wish to slow down and drop in one the finest restaurant to sample local dishes, taste some corn wine. The market ends in the afternoon and you will follow locals along the way back to Pho village of theTay and Flower H’mong, located in a fantastic valley for a discovery of the village. Overnight stay in a hotel in Bac Ha town.

Transfer from Lao Cai to Bac Ha | Warking: 4km, easy grade | English speaking guide | Freshen up services | Hotel in Bac Ha | Meals: B, L.

Day 3: Exploring Bac Ha (B, L)
Bac Ha is not only well-known for its Sunday Market but also famous for stunning scenery of the surrounding area and the diversity in culture of the ethnic minority inhabitants. We had designed some walking trips, different in length and grade for exploring tribal villages and depending on your fitness and liking you may choose the right one for you with your guide’s help. Depart from hotel on foot, you will follow walking path which forms a loop, uphill and down valleys, passing through terraced rice paddies, corn fields, pine forest and many plump gardens…to pay visiting to Tay, Flower H’mong and Phu La ethnic villages. Arriving back to the hotel in the afternoon and the rest of the day is set at your leisure.

Transfer from Lao Cai station to Can Cau market | Walking: 3km | English speaking guide | Hotel in Bac Ha | Meals: B, L.

Day 4: Coc Ly market on Tuesday - Lao Cai train station (B, L)
Coc Ly market is a rural market on every Tuesday. About 55 km away from Bac Ha town, the market place lies on the bank of the Chay River, surrounded by steep mountains which are covered with fabulous forest. Attending the market, minority peoples such as H’mong, Zao, Tay, Nung… from remote villages have to wake up very early, walking up and down hills for hours. Leaving Bac Ha for an hour drive along the main road for an hour, and then turn right to a tough road for 18 km, passing some narrow canyons, mountain passes…stunning scenery! Arriving at the market at its most crowded time, you will join the locals for your one experience until noon. After a simple Lunch, you will board a sampan following the Chay River downstream to explore this off the beaten track region for a discovery of wild nature and minority way of life.
Meet our car again near Trung Do village of the Tay in late afternoon and transfer to Lao Cai station for the overnight train back. 

Transfer from Lao Cai station to Sapa | Trek: 14km, easy grade | English speaking guide | Freshen up services | Meals: B, L.

 

 

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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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Hotel optionsPriceSingle supplement 
Standard
$309 $29

 
What's included?

  • Pick-up and transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the program.
  • Return overnight train tickets in 4-berth cabin (A/C wooden soft sleeper). If you would like to upgrade to the private 2-berth cabin, please contact us.
  • Standard local house
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle and/or a private jeep with an experienced safe driver.
  • Meals as mentioned in program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) in the local restaurants or picnics where no suitable restaurant available.
  • Local English speaking guide (other language guide is upon your request).
  • Freshen up service.
  • Entrance fees, sight seeing fee for all visits as mentioned in the program.
  • All taxes and service charge.

Special offer

  • We'll arrange Vietnam visa (1 month, single entry) for all members of your group for free of charge

What's excluded?

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Drinks, tips, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Other things not clearly mentioned in the included list.