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TRIP CODE: CCBH-M-2  |  Departure: every Friday, from Hanoi  |  Tour type: private


In this trip you have a chance to visit Can Cau market on Saturday. Can Cau market is a small, but very colorful market, set in the mountains near the Chinese border. Bac Ha is the biggest market in Sapa opening on Sunday only. The Sunday market in Bac Ha is where you'll want to stock up on water buffalo, pigs and horses. You will explore traditional market of the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the festive market activities where peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Saturday and Sunday for shopping and socializing. Explore this prosperous valley of Tay ethnic people, admire traditional houses in here.

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Hanoi - Lao Cai - Can Cau market - Bac Ha market - Ban Pho village.


  • Discover the daily life of Flower H'mong, Red Dao people.
  • Visit Can Cau and Bac Ha markets.    

Brief itinerary:

Day 1 Taking overnight train from Hanoi city to Sapa.
Day 2 Visiting Can Cau market (on Saturday)
B, L
Day 3 Visiting Bac Ha market and Ban Pho village (on Sunday).
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 (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: Can Cau market on Saturday (B, L)
Picked up at Lao Cai train station in early morning to transfer to CanCau market. It takes more than 2 hours to get to Can Cau - a small market situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and only 7 km from China. The market deeply shows the typical cultural features of the minorities in remote mountainous areas in Vietnam. Further more, you can enjoy seeing boys and girls in colorful costumes - different colors of the mountains. They attend the market in the hope of finding their lovers. This is also the time for them to chat, exchange goods with different ethnic peoples, take some cups of wine sold in the market, and have lunch there. Say goodbye to the market and transfer to Bac Ha town. On the way, spend time visiting a village of the Flower H'mong and then check in hotel in Bac Ha town. Free time to explore the town and have dinner in Bac Ha.

Transfer from Lao Cai station to Can Cau market | Walking: 5 hours | English speaking guide | Hotel in Bac Ha town | Meals: B, L.
Day 3: Bac Ha market on Sunday (B, L)
After breakfast, we start visiting the biggest market of Bac Ha which is filled with many different hill-tribe peoples. This is the most colorful market in northern 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... talking to the minorities through the guide's interpretation. Leave the market for the H'mong King's house (King Hoang A Tuong) built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920. Return the town for lunch. In the afternoon, spend time for visiting another village (Ban Pho village). Say good bye to Bac Ha and get back to Lao Cai. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese border in Lao Cai. Back to Lao Cai station in late afternoon for the overnight train to Hanoi.

Transfer to Lao Cai station | Walking and trekking: 6 hours, easy grade | English speaking guide | Freshen up services | Meals: B, L.




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

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  • If the price goes down after you book, we will refund the difference — guaranteed.
Hotel optionsPriceSingle supplement 
$235 $15

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.
  • Twin /double sharing room at standard hotel.
  • 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.