Muses of Sapa: Bac Ha and Can Cau Markets

Lao CaiBac Ha MarketCan Cau Market
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Trip code: SPM1C

Departure Point: Lao Cai, Vietnam

Travel Styles: Adventure

Duration: 2 days / 1 night

Trip overview

These two tribe hill markets of Bac Ha and Can Cau are considered as the beauty muses of Sapa, the meeting places of all mountainous montagnards in Northeast of Vietnam, such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dzao, Tay and Nung ethnic communities. The market provides a variety of local products such as corn wine, handicrafts as well as an interesting animal market. Besides that, visitor will enjoy a short walk to Ban Pho Village of the Nung and the Flower H’mong and a motor boat ride up steam Chay River.

Trip Inclusions

    • All indicated private transportation
    • English speaking guide
    • All activities are mentioned in specific itineraries
    • Meals as indicated: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    • 1 night accommodation in Bac Ha hotel based on twin/double sharing room

Trip Exclusions

    • Drinks
    • Gratuities and other personal expenses
    • Insurance
    • Other services not mentioned above

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    Tour itinerary

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    Day 1 Sartuday: Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Can Cau - Bac Ha (L/D)

    After breakfast, travel by car to Bac Ha Town, 70 kms Northeast of Lao Cai. The ride is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai, pass by rural villages.

    Situated in the border area and 20 kms from Bac Ha Town, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a photogenic display of the Flower H’mong, Nung, Phu La ethnic costumes. The Chinese people also come here for trading.

    After spending the whole morning exploring the market, continue to Bac Ha Town for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a walk to Ban Pho Village of Nung and Flower H’mong ethnic communities, which is located in a small valley. The villagers here grow vegetables and fruit farming. One of the most famous fruit of the area is plum.

    From here, we visit a local house to taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the villager. Then check-in hotel late in the afternoon.

    Dinner in a local restaurant.

    Approx: 3 hours driving/ 2 hours walking.

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    Day 2 Sunday: Bac Ha - Trung Do Village - Lao Cai (B/L)

    Enjoy morning coffee at hotel then follow the locals to the centre of Bac Ha Town to mingle in the hustle and bustle market of Bac Ha with its colorful array of ethnic minority people such as the Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung who gather to trade or just for meeting after a hard working week.

    The whole morning is for exploring the market by strolling around to capture all the daily life of market fair, taste the local products made by tribe hill people, witness the way local do the business, weave their costumes for sale or even their bargain.

    Lunch is served at local restaurant with specialty cuisine of the high mountainous area.

    After lunch, drive downhill for about half an hour then start a short walk to Trung Do Village of Tay minority. In case the Chay River’s water level is high enough, get on a motor-boat and have a cruise to Bao Nhai, experiencing the picturesque scenes on the river banks. If it is not possible for the cruise, cross the river to visit a Flower Hmong village before walking along the river in around 2 hours to Bao Nhai Bridge, where the vehicle await for the journey back.

    Approx: 3 hour driving/ 2 hours walking

    Note

    The trip is based on the day of arrival/ departure of the night train to/ from Hanoi. Departure time from Sapa should be no later than 8.00.

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