Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Bac Ha Market Day Tour starts from your hotel in Sapa, and finishes in Lao Cai where you may take the overnight train to get back to Hanoi. Visit the animated and colorful Sunday Market of the hill tribal peoples with festive atmosphere.
Early departure from Sapa at about 07.00am Sunday morning. Transfer by road 102km to Bac Ha Town let via Lao Cai city. The road is good but having many sharp bend which takes about 2,5 hours including one or two breaks along the way.
Arrive to the market place at about 09.30am, right at the most crowded hours. Spend two hours joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the market activities and festive atmosphere. All peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Sunday for shopping, but socializing is of great importance. The cattle and clothing sections are the most interesting until 11.00 and then comes the food section where peoples meet, talk, enjoy food and especially drink a kind of locally made corn-wine.
Lunch break in a local restaurant. Then leave Bac Ha for half an hour road ride downhill to Trung Do village which is beautifully set in a valley on the eastern bank of the mighty Chay River. Take an hour leisure walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in large stilt houses andl have maintained well their traditional way of life.
Picked up and transfer 45 km to Lao Cai city, spend half an hour to see trading activities at the border gate and coffee break before transfer to Lao Cai station.